Feb. 17, 2012
Site: Boca Raton, Fla. (FAU Softball Stadium)
Event: FAU Kickoff Classic (Day 1)
Results: Maryland 7, #11 Michigan 3; #11 Michigan 4, LIU Brooklyn 0
Records: U-M (5-1), Maryland (2-0), LIU Brooklyn (0-7)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 18 -- vs. Kentucky - FAU Kickoff Classic (Boca Raton, Fla.), 1 p.m.
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan softball team rebounded for a two-game split, knocking off LIU Brooklyn, 4-0, after falling, 7-3, to Maryland at the FAU Kickoff Classic on Friday (Feb. 17) at the FAU Softball Stadium.
Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) picked up the win over the Blackbirds in Michigan's first shutout of the season, pitching 7.0 innings and giving up two hits while striking out four. After recording just two hits against Maryland, U-M went for six from six different Wolverines against LIU Brooklyn.
U-M got on the board first against LIU Brooklyn, scoring a run in the second inning when sophomore catcher Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield) hit a sacrifice fly to right to score junior outfielder Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mich./Dakota). Crummey was pinch running for Wagner, who reached on a single through the left side. The Wolverines scored another run in the fifth when sophomore utility player Katie Luetkens (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) scored on a wild pitch.
Sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) led off the sixth inning with a single to the shortstop, followed by junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) hitting a home run to right field to increase Michigan's lead to 4-0. The Blackbird went three up, three down in the top of the seventh to provide the final score of 4-0.
Errors plagued the Wolverines against Maryland as the Maize and Blue committed six, resulting in five unearned runs for the Terrapins. Michigan scored first, using a run-scoring single through the right side from senior third baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini), before Sappingfield crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning.
U-M held the lead through the first inning until Maryland plated three runs in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of two U-M errors in the inning. Another two U-M miscues in the third led to two more markers for the Terrapins, putting them on top at 5-2.
The Maize and Blue got a run back in the fourth inning after junior second baseman Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) tallied her first hit of the season and then advanced to second on an illegal pitch. Knapp advanced to third on a groundout, scoring when sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) reached base on an error by the pitcher as Michigan closed to the gap to 5-3.
The Terrapins scored a run in each the fifth and the sixth innings to provide the final margin of 7-3. Freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) was charged with the loss, pitching 5.0 innings and giving up 12 hits, seven runs and striking out two. Five of the seven runs given up were unearned.
The Wolverines return to action tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 18), taking on No. 22 Kentucky at 1 p.m., followed by Florida Atlantic at 6 p.m.
N O T E S
Against LIU Brooklyn. Ashley Lane hit her second home run of the season.
Against LIU Brooklyn, Mandy Gardner recorded her first hit of the season.
Amy Knapp started at third base against LIU Brooklyn, the first time she has started at the hot corner since Feb. 19, 2011, against Massachusetts.
Senior LHP Hilary Payne made her season debut against Maryland, pitching 1.0 inning in relief.
Michigan's six errors against Maryland is the highest total since U-M had the same amount against DePaul on Feb. 14, 2009. U-M's game high in 2011 was five.
Haylie Wagner moved to 3-0 on the season with her win against LIU Brooklyn.
Jaclyn Crummey stole second against LIU Brooklyn, her first stolen base of the season.
Michigan falls to 8-2 all-time against Maryland and improves to 4-0 against LIU Brooklyn.
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