Michigan Blanks Memphis, Falls to No. 20 ULL
Taylor Hasselbach

Feb. 14, 2014

• Boxscores: Louisiana-Lafayette | Memphis

Site: Lafayette, La. (Lamson Park)
Event: Ragin' Cajun Invitational
Scores: #6 Michigan 5, Memphis 0; #20 Louisiana-Lafayette 8, #6 Michigan 6
Records: U-M (4-2), Memphis (1-4), ULL (3-2-1)
Next U-M Games: Saturday, Feb. 15 -- vs. Central Arkansas, 11:30 a.m.; at Louisiana-Lafayette, 2 p.m. (Lafayette, La.)

LAFAYETTE, La. -- The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan softball team split a pair of games on Valentine's Day (Friday, Feb. 14) at the Ragin' Cajun Invitational played at Lamson Park. The Wolverines defeated Memphis by a 5-0 score in the opening game before falling, 8-6, to host and No. 20-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette in the nightcap.

Sophomore leftfielder Sierra Lawrence (Snellville, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) powered the Wolverines past Memphis with a first-inning grand slam. U-M added another run in the sixth as senior centerfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) singled and came around to score on a pair of Memphis errors. Doyle went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, and Lawrence was 2-for-3 with the four runs batted in during the Wolverines' 5-0 victory.

Junior pitcher Haylie Wagner (El Modeno, Calif./Orange) set down the first 11 batters she faced and allowed just three singles, scattering singles in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to collect her second victory of the season. Wagner struck out eight batters and yielded only one walk.

In the second game of the day, Michigan was unable to overcome an early 3-0 deficit and fell to 20th-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette by an 8-6 score. Haley Hayden and Shelbi Redfearn homered off junior pitcher Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) in the third inning. The Ragin' Cajuns' Redfearn started the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first, plating Natalie Fernandez, who led off with a bunt single.

After yielding three runs in the fifth inning to fall behind, 6-0, senior Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) scored runs over the next two innings to cut into the deficit. Sappingfield singled to lead off the fifth inning for the Wolverines and scored on an RBI walk by Lawrence with the bases loaded. Sappingfield reached on a fielder's choice in the sixth and advanced around the bases.

The Wolverines cut the deficit to two runs, 8-6, as four crossed the plate in the seventh inning before the rally fell short. After an RBI single from Taylor Hasselbach (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston), Sappingfield delivered a double that scored freshmen Abby Ramirez (Chicago, Ill./Trinity) and Kelly Christner (Tinley Park, Ill./Victor J. Andrew). Sophomore shortstop Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) closed out the scoring with a double that plated Sappingfield with the game's final run.

Michigan pounded out 11 hits against Louisiana-Lafayette but was unable to take advantage of some scoring chances, stranding 13 runners on base.

U-M will play a pair of games on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 15) at the Ragin' Cajun Invitational. The Wolverines open up with Central Arkansas at 11:30 a.m. CST and play their second game against 20th-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette at 2 p.m. CST.

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