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U-M Drops John Cropp Classic Finale to No. 14 Kentucky

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» Michigan fell to No. 14 Kentucky, 2-1, in its final game of the John Cropp Classic.

» Keke Tholl tallied her fifth home run of the year in the first inning for Michigan’s only run of the game.

» Lauren Derkowski took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits and five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Michigan softball team scored early but couldn’t hold the lead in its John Cropp Classic finale, falling to No. 14 host Kentucky, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon (March 19) at Kentucky’s John Cropp Stadium.

Michigan scored its only run with two outs in the first inning. With nobody on, junior catcher Keke Tholl belted a solo homer to center field, her fifth home run of the season. The Wolverines put three runners on base with its greatest threat coming on a walk and single from graduate student outfielder Lexie Blair with two outs in the third.

The Wildcats evened the score with a solo homer in the third before taking the lead with a two-out single in the same inning. Kentucky put runners on in consecutive at-bats and a RBI single to center field pushed across the winning run.

Junior RHP Jessica LeBeau (5-6) started the game for the Wolverines, striking out two while allowing two hits and a pair of walks in 1.2 frames. Sophomore RHP Lauren Derkowski(8-5) replaced LeBeau at the end of the second inning with a runner in scoring position before getting out of the jam. Derkowski took the loss from the circle, striking out five Wildcat batters while allowing two runs on four hits and three walks.

Michigan (13-11) will now travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a three-game stand against…

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