Taylor No-Hits Long Island, Speierman Blanks FAU

Feb. 18, 2011

Boxscores: Long Island | Florida Atlantic
• Photo Galleries: Long Island  | Florida Atlantic

Site: Boca Raton, Fla. (FAU Softball Stadium)
Event: FAU Kick-Off Classic
Scores: #11 Michigan 6, Long Island 0; #11 Michigan 11, Florida Atlantic 0 (5 inn.)
Records: U-M (7-0), Long Island (0-6), Florida Atlantic (1-4)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 19 -- vs. Tulsa - FAU Kick-Off Classic (Boca Raton, Fla.), 9 a.m.

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Senior RHP Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) tossed a 13-strikeout no-hitter in a 6-0 win over Long Island, before sophomore RHP Stephanie Speierman (Columbia, Md./ Hammond HS) shut out Florida Atlantic, 11-0, in five innings, headlining two victories for the No. 11-ranked University of Michigan softball team on the first day of the FAU Kick-Off Classic on Friday (Feb. 18) at the FAU Softball Stadium. Senior first baseman Dorian Shaw (Burke, Va./Robinson SS) and sophomore second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido HS) each cranked two home runs in the win over Long Island.

After losing her perfect game to a seventh-inning leadoff walk, Taylor struck out the final three batters in order to claim the seventh no-hitter of her career, striking out a season-high 13 to improve to 3-0 on the season. Speierman struck out three in the nightcap, allowing three hits and a walk en route to the second complete-game shutout of her career.

Shaw went 5-for-7 on the day with a pair of towering home runs and three runs batted in, while Lane belted out two homers against Long Island and junior third baseman/catcher Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini HS) went yard against the host Owls.

Chidester's two-run shot with two outs in the first provided U-M a lead it never relinquished against Florida Atlantic as the Wolverines tallied runs in four of five innings in the abbreviated slate. Shaw kick-started the two-out rally with a single through the left side, before Chidester connected with the second pitch of the subsequent at-bat and lined it deep over the centerfield fence.

Michigan combined small ball with extra-base hits to manufacture five runs in the second. Freshman leftfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco HS) took advantage of speed on the base path to drive on two on a triple to the outfield fence and came home herself when Shaw drilled an RBI single to rightfield.

Sophomore third baseman Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore HS) drove in a run in the fourth, following a pair of singles and a walk with an RBI double to left centerfield. Senior third baseman Marley Powers (Owosso, Mich./Owosso HS) accepted a full-count walk and Sappingfield scored on a subsequent error in the fourth, while freshman pinch hitter Taylor Hasselbach (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston HS) scored on wild pitch in the fifth.

The Wolverines earned the bulk of their runs on solo home runs -- two apiece from Shaw and Lane -- against Long Island in the opener, pushing across scores in the first, second, fourth and fifth frames before tacking on a two-run sixth behind freshman catcher Caitlin Blanchard's (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield HS) RBI triple and wild pitch.

For the second time in as many starts, Taylor carried a perfect game late into the game but lost her bid with a five-pitch walk to open the seventh frame. She responded by issuing three consecutive strikeouts -- on just 14 pitches -- to end the contest.

Michigan continues action in the Kick-Off Classic tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 19), squaring off against Tulsa at 9 a.m. and Massachusetts at 1 p.m. at the FAU Softball Stadium.


• With its victories, Michigan improved to 3-0 in the all-times series against Long Island and 10-2 in its all-time series against Florida Atlantic.

• Senior RHP Jordan Taylor's no-hitter against Long Island was the seventh of her career and third that went the full seven innings. She owns Michigan's school record in the category, carrying two more than Jennie Ritter (5, 2003-06) in the second spot. Taylor also boasts three career perfect games.

• In her last two starts, Taylor has pitched a combined 11 perfect innings. She carried a perfect game into the sixth inning against Ohio (6-0, Feb. 12) and into the seventh inning in today's Long Island slate.

• Taylor boasts 16 straight shutout innings, stretching back to the seventh inning of the Houston game at last week's Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational (Feb. 11-13).

• Senior first baseman Dorian Shaw tallied her second multi-homer effort of the season against Long Island. She also knocked out two against Houston. She owns eight career multi-homer efforts.

• Shaw also upped her career home run tally to 51. She lists second among Michigan's all-time home run leaders, 11 behind record holder Samantha Findlay (62, 2005-08).

• Shaw extended her hitting streak to seven games, tallying at least one hit in each of the Wolverines' games this season. Junior centerfielder Bree Evans saw her hit streak halted at six games -- one game shy of her career best.

• Through seven games this season, Michigan has outscored its competition by a combined 76-11 margin.

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423

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