Feb. 16, 2013
Site: Boca Raton, Fla. (FAU Softball Stadium)
Event: FAU Kickoff Classic
Scores: #14 Michigan 10, Maryland 2 (5 innings); LIU Brooklyn 2, #12 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (4-2), Maryland (2-1), LIU Brooklyn (1-5)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 17 -- vs. Massachusetts - FAU Kickoff Classic (Boca Raton, Fla.), 9 a.m.; at Florida Atlantic, 11 a.m.
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Sophomore Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) and senior Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) smacked back-to-back home runs to power the No. 14 University of Michigan softball team to a 10-2, five-inning win over Maryland, before U-M dropped a 2-1 decision to LIU Brooklyn later in the day Saturday (Feb. 16) at FAU Softball Stadium. The pair of homers accounted for four of Michigan's six runs in the second inning when 10 Wolverines batted.
That outburst was enough to distance the Maize and Blue from the Terps. Michigan held a 2-1 lead after the first inning. Freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) tripled to score junior leadoff hitter Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community), who reached on a walk. Driesenga then drove a pitch over the Terps' centerfielder for a double, bringing Romero home to score.
In the bottom of the second, senior Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) roped a double into the right-centerfield gap and freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) followed with a single. Knapp scored on an error and then junior Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) brought Lawrence home on a triple, her second of the season.
Romero walked to put two runners on for Driesenga. On a full count, the sophomore blasted a home run well beyond the leftfield wall. Lane stepped in with Michigan leading 7-1 and added the punctuation mark to the inning with her own round-tripper to left. It is Lane's 30th career homerun, moving her into a tie with Grace Leutele (2003-06) for sixth place on Michigan's career home run list.
Driesenga picked up her fourth win of the season by tossing five innings and only giving up three hits. The Terps scored two runs but only one was earned. The righthander struck out four to just one walk.
Michigan tacked on runs in the third and fourth. Driesenga hit a sacrifice fly in the third to pick up her fifth run batted in on the afternoon. Doyle had a bases-loaded walk to score Michigan's 10th run of the game. The contest was stopped after five innings due to Michigan's eight-run lead.
In the second game of the doubleheader against LIU Brooklyn, Michigan's offense did not plate a run until there were two outs in the seventh inning.
Freshman Alice Fitzpatrick (Union Grove, Wis./Union Grove) got her first start of the season and pitched two-plus innings, giving up four hits and striking out one. She took the loss.
In the Blackbirds' half of the third inning, they pushed two runs across behind two hits, a hit batter and a Michigan error. The Wolverines defense threw two runners out at home on grounders induced by Driesenga, who relieved Fitzpatrick during the inning.
The Blackbirds made the two runs hold up. Michigan threatened in the fourth and fifth, putting runners on second with two outs in each inning. With one out in the seventh inning, Knapp singled and then advanced to second on a groundout by senior Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mich./Dakota). Doyle then smacked a 0-1 pitch into left-center to score Knapp and make the game 2-1, where it ended one batter later.
The Wolverines will play a doubleheader again on Sunday (Feb. 17), with games against Massachusetts at 9 a.m. and Florida Atlantic at 11 a.m., to cap their two-day appearance in the FAU Kickoff Classic.
N O T E S
Michigan has scored double-digit runs in two of its six contests in 2013. The other came against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 9).
Sara Driesenga's five RBI against Maryland are a career high.
Nicole Sappingfield's triple against Maryland is her second of the season and represents a single-season high.
Sierra Lawrence went 2-for-2 with two runs scored against Maryland.
Michigan moves to 8-2 all-time against Maryland. The Terps defeated U-M in the last meeting, 7-3 on Feb. 17, 2012.
Michigan moves to 4-1 all-time against LIU Brooklyn. The Wolverines defeated the Blackbirds 4-0 in their last meeting on Feb. 17, 2012.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423