U-M Beats Illinois State on Chidester Homer, Gets Two-Hit by UMass
Nicole Sappingfield

Feb. 24, 2012

• Boxscores: Illinois State | Massachusetts

Site: Clearwater, Fla. (Eddie C. Moore Complex)
Event: NFCA Leadoff Classic (Day 1)
Results: #12 Michigan 3, Illinois State 1; Massachusetts 1, #12 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (9-2), ISU (7-4), UMass (4-3)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 25 -- vs. Hofstra - NFCA Leadoff Classic (Clearwater, Fla.), 3:30 p.m.

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan softball team used a three-run home run from senior third baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) to knock off Illinois State, 3-1, before falling, 1-0, to Massachusetts in the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Friday (Feb. 24) at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.

Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) went the distance in Michigan's 3-1 win over Illinois State, giving up one run on four hits and striking out eight. The Maize and Blue recorded seven hits against the Redbirds, led by sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield's (Norco, Calif./Norco) two base-knocks.

After allowing Illinois State to score first with a run in the opening frame on a two-out double down the leftfield line, Michigan scored three runs on one swing of Chidester's bat in the third inning. With one out, back-to-back singles from senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) and Sappingfield brought Chidester to the plate with two runners on. After falling behind in the count, 0-2, the senior took the third pitch over the leftfield fence to put the Maize and Blue on top, 3-1.

Illinois State threatened in the fifth inning, putting two runners on with just one out. The next ISU batter popped up to Wagner as the runners held at first and second. The following batter singled back to Wagner, but junior first baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) threw out the runner trying to score at home as Michigan escaped the inning unscathed.

Wagner only allowed one more baserunner during the contest as Michigan held on for the 3-1 win over the Redbirds.

In U-M's loss to Massachusetts, the Wolverines struck out 16 times and tallied just two hits as freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) was charged with the loss. Driesenga pitched all 7.0 innings, allowing one run on two hits and recording two strikeouts.

Massachusetts scored the deciding run in the fourth inning after leading off with a double to center. Michigan got the next batter to ground out as the baserunner moved to the third, but a UMass single through the left side plated the runner at third to give the Minutewomen a 1-0 lead.

The Wolverines had a chance in the seventh inning, with freshman catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) knocking a double to left center with just one out. However, Michigan's next two batters struck out swinging, sealing the 1-0 victory for Massachusetts.

U-M is back in action tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 25), taking on Hofstra at 3:30 p.m. and No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette at 6 p.m.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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