Nemitz leads Michigan to victory against Falcons

Brett Wane and Brett Wane

Led by senior Nikki Nemitz and her second grand slam of her career, the University of Michigan was able to defeat the BG softball team by a score of 10-2 after five innings.

The win is the 10th of the season for Nemitz who is one of the Wolverine’s left-handed pitchers, and moved Michigan to 23-5, while dropping the Falcons to 4-10. Michigan used a seven-run fifth inning including the grand slam by Nemitz to earn the victory.

“Every hit is awesome,” Nemitz said. “I got my pitch, and it felt perfect off the bat. I was seeing it well, and I was confident. It’s always a nice feeling to hit it hard and hit it over the fence anyway. That time, there just happened to be three of my teammates on base. I can’t really hit a grand slam without my team.”

Junior Melissa Bott struggled against the Wolverines, giving up seven earned runs and recording zero strikeouts. After giving up a couple runs in the fifth, she was pulled in favor of junior Zada Lines who had her own problems against Michigan. She gave up three earned runs, including a full-count walk which brought the game-ending.

The Wolverines jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after the opening inning. Michigan was also able to add a run in the third inning before the Falcons attempted a comeback.

Three of the four hits came in the top of the fourth for BG. Freshman Paige Berger kicked off the rally lofting a base hit into right field.

Freshman Andrea Arney connected on a pitch for a two-run home run and her first homer of the season.

The only other hit for the Falcons came in the first inning when Berger doubled to right field. BG left two on base in the inning and one in the fourth.

BG will be back in action on April 2 for a double header with Central Michigan University.

The matchup will also be the start of the home opening weekend for the Falcons which culminates with two games in two days against Eastern Michigan on April 3 and 4.