Feb. 20, 2011
N O T E S
With its win today, Michigan improved to 8-4 in the all-time series against Massachusetts.
Michigan's 10-0 start is its best in U-M program history.
The Wolverines have outscored their opposition 88-15 through 10 games this season.
Michigan has hit at least one home run in nine of 10 games this season, tallying multiple homers in six. Sophomore Amy Knapp became the sixth different U-M player to register a home run with her sixth-inning blast.
Senior RHP Jordan Taylor used her six-strikeout effort to move to second place on Michigan's career strikeout list, upping her career total to 932 over her four seasons. She is 273 strikeouts shy of record holder Jennie Ritter (2003-06).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On Michigan's win over Massachusetts ... "Our approach to the game was great. We were behind from the get-go, and our kids came out swinging. I thought they did a great job making adjustments from yesterday, which is what we ask them to do. We had a lot of good at-bats, and we just kept coming at them even though we weren't getting on the board early on. I thought we were feisty and very competitive. It was a great game, fun to watch and with lots of stuff going on. I was pleased. I feel like we got a lot better this weekend."
On the sophomore class ... "Ashley [Lane] has really done a nice job in the five spot. I said, going into the season, for us to have any kind of success, we need the newcomers to help out. But more importantly, it's in the returning players who were waiting for their turn. The sophomore class was waiting for their turn, and they're getting it now. I'm particularly pleased with Ashley and Amy [Knapp]. They're just really working hard to get settled in and be consistent for us. Amy had some great cuts. They keep getting better, and they're getting a lot of good experience. It's their turn to help make Michigan great, and I think they're really buying into it."
On whether winning can provide a young team with confidence ... "Winning close games can give you confidence. I don't think winning blowouts does much for you other than get you caught up in the wrong things. But I really liked that we played some close games this weekend. Tulsa is a good team, UMass is a good team, and we did a nice job against them. We played them tough. Winning gives you confidence, but whether we won or lost that game, I really liked the play of our kids. They were competing, and that's all I ever really want them to do. Just compete, win or lose."
U-M Sophomore Amy Knapp
On her quick sophomore start ... "I do feel like I'm still a rookie. I didn't get an opportunity to play much last year, so I didn't have a chance to really show what I have. That's what I've been trying to do this season; both Ashley [Lane] and I are doing that. I don't really have a set position in the field, and that's been a little tough. But I'm just trying to embrace my role wherever I am, trying to do my best and contribute to the team."
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