Feb. 23, 2013
Site: Clearwater, Fla. (Eddie C. Moore Complex)
Event: NFCA Leadoff Classic
Scores: #15 Michigan 6, UC Davis 0; #15 Michigan 3, Hofstra 0
Records: U-M (10-2), UC Davis (5-8), Hofstra (3-6)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 24 -- vs. DePaul (Clearwater, Fla.), 10 a.m.
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Sophomore Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) threw her first career no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Hofstra after combining for a one-hitter in a 6-0 victory over UC Davis to lead the University of Michigan softball team (No. 15 NFCA/USA Today, No. 15 USA Softball/ESPN) to a doubleheader sweep Saturday (Feb. 23) at the NFCA Leadoff Classic held at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
Driesenga struck out nine Hofstra batters and did not yield a walk. She hit one batter in the second inning but did not allow another base runner until the fifth when one Pride hitter reached on an error with two outs. The sophomore struck out the next batter swinging to get the inning's third out.
A second U-M error led to another baserunner in the sixth, but Driesenga froze the next Pride hitter for her seventh strikeout of the game. She got the last out of the game on a swinging strikeout. For the game, she threw 70 pitches, 45 for strikes.
The Wolverines got the only run they needed on a fifth-inning home run from freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian), who lofted a 2-1 pitch over the leftfield wall for her first collegiate home run. Until that point, Hofstra's pitcher had only given up two hits.
U-M added two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) led off with a base hit up the middle and junior Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) followed with a hit. Knapp was eventually retired on a fielder's choice, but Sappingfield came around to score a base hit by Driesenga into leftfield. Junior Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield) singled two pitches later to score freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta).
The game ended one half inning later. Driesenga induced a ground out to shortstop and ended the game with two straight strikeouts. Her previous best in a seven-inning complete game was a three-hitter against Marshall in the 2013 season opener on Feb. 8. The win over Hofstra is her ninth victory of the season, tying the total number of wins she had as a freshman in 2012.
A combined one-hitter shutout over UC Davis carried the Wolverines to victory in the first game of the day. Driesenga gave U-M five innings of one-hit softball, striking out four without surrendering a walk. The sophomore threw 50 strikes out of 67 pitches, and she earned her eighth win of the season. Senior Stephanie Speierman (Columbia, Md./Hammond) relieved Driesenga in the sixth and pitched the final two innings. She walked two but did not surrender a hit.
The offense staked Driesenga to a lead in the top of the first inning. Junior Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) walked to start the game; it is the fifth time in 11 games she led off with a walk. Sappingfield also walked to put two runners on for Romero, who belted a 3-2 pitch into the left-centerfield gap to score both Doyle and Sappingfield for a 2-0 Maize and Blue lead.
Two outs later, fellow freshman Lawrencehit a hot shot up the middle, and Romero scored when the UC Davis defense could not come up with a clean throw into the infield.
In the second inning, the Wolverines tacked on another run courtesy of two walks, a hit and a groundout.
Driesenga gave up the lone Aggies hit in the third inning on a ball that did not leave the infield. Only two Aggies reached third base, once in the first inning when Driesenga hit the leadoff batter, who advanced on a sacrifice bunt and a groundout. During the sixth inning, Speierman walked the leadoff hitter, who made it to third on two wild pitches. But the Wolverine hurler stranded her at third with two pop outs and a ground out.
The U-M offense sealed the victory in the top of sixth with a walk, back-to-back bunt singles -- from senior Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) and senior Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) -- and some poor throws by the Aggies. U-M went up 6-0 after its half of the sixth, and Speierman finished the game.
Michigan wraps up its appearance in the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Sunday (Feb. 24) against DePaul at 10 a.m. (originally 12:30 p.m.) at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423
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