Feb. 25, 2012
Site: Clearwater, Fla. (Eddie C. Moore Complex)
Event: NFCA Leadoff Classic (Day 2)
Results: #12 Michigan 3, Hofstra 2; #17 Louisiana-Lafayette 10, #12 Michigan 7
Records: U-M (10-3), Hofstra (0-7), ULL (11-0)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 26 -- vs. Mississippi State - NFCA Leadoff Classic (Clearwater, Fla.), 10 a.m.
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan softball team got a walk-off double from senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) to defeat Hofstra, 3-2, and hit four home runs in a 10-7 loss to No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette at the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Saturday (Feb. 25) at the E.C. Moore Complex.
Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) picked up the day's first win in relief, coming in with bases loaded in the seventh. She allowed two runs, coming on a wild pitch and a walk with the bases loaded, and struck out one. U-M tallied nine hits in the contest, led by two each from freshman Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) and sophomore catcher Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield). Sweet knocked in two runs, including hitting a solo home run.
Michigan put a run on the board in the first inning against Hofstra, as Sweet's infield single to the second baseman scored sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) from second. Sweet accounted for another run in the fourth inning, leading off with a solo shot to center as Michigan's lead increased to 2-0.
Hofstra loaded the bases to start the seventh inning, forcing Michigan to swap freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) for Wagner in the circle. Wagner allowed a run to score on a wild pitch and walked in the tying run before the final Hofstra batter in the frame popped up to third base to end the top half of the inning.
Blanchard led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to leftfield and was lifted for junior outfielder Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) on the base path. After senior shortstop Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield, Ill./Central) advanced Crummey to second on a sacrifice bunt, Evans doubled up the middle, allowing Crummey to score and seal Michigan's 3-2 win.
Michigan hit four home runs against Louisiana-Lafayette, including back-to-back homers from senior third baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) and junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) as Michigan tallied 10 hits against ULL. Driesenga was charged with the loss, pitching 3.2 innings while giving up five runs on nine hits.
U-M scored two runs in the top of the first inning with Lane's home run to center scoring Evans. ULL answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-2 lead.
With two out in the third, U-M scored three runs on home runs from Chidester and Lane. Sappingfield gave Michigan a base runner with two out and scored on Chidester's roundtripper. Lane followed Chidester with her second longball of the contest as Michigan regained a 5-4 lead.
Michigan's lead was short-lived as ULL scored two runs in the bottom of the third for a 6-5 advantage. Junior second baseman Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) led off the fourth with a home run to right-center and the Wolverines tacked on another run later in the inning when Evans's groundout to second scored Kirkpatrick.
The back-and-forth affair continued as Louisiana-Lafayette regained the lead after plating three runs in the bottom of the fourth, going on top by a score of 9-7. The Ragin' Cajuns extended their lead to three runs with a leadoff home run in the sixth inning. Michigan was held without a run after the fourth inning en route to the 10-7 loss.
The Wolverines wrap up the NFCA Leadoff Classic tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 26) against Mississippi State at 10 a.m.
N O T E S
Brandi Virgil made her season debut against Hofstra, pinch running for Caitlin Blanchard in the fourth inning. Virgil had been sidelined with a hand injury.
Amanda Chidester and Ashley Lane hit back-to-back home runs for the second time this season. They also did that against Penn State on Feb. 12.
Amy Knapp hit the second home run of her career and first this season against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Michigan is now 7-0 all-time against Hofstra and 4-6 versus Louisiana-Lafayette.
Ashley Lane is the first Wolverine to have a multi-home run game this season.
Michigan is now 2-1 versus ranked opposition. ULL was the highest ranked opponent Michigan has faced this season.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423