Feb. 28, 2010
Site: Columbus, Ga. (South Commons Stadium and Complex)
Event: NFCA Leadoff Classic
Score: #4 Michigan 9, Maryland 0 (6 inn.)
Records: U-M (9-4), Maryland (4-6)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, March 2 -- at Auburn (Auburn, Ala.), 6 p.m. CST
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan softball team wrapped up its appearance at the annual NFCA Leadoff Classic in decisive fashion, scoring early and often to defeat Maryland, 9-0 in six innings, on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 28) at the South Commons Stadium and Complex.
Junior RHP Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) pitched a gem to improve to 7-1 on the season, striking out eight Terrapin batters while allowing no walks and just a pair of hits -- one apiece in the first and second frames.
Senior centerfielder Molly Bausher (Las Vegas, Nev./Spring Valley HS) headlined the Wolverines' offense from the bottom of the order, going 3-for-3 from the plate -- matching a career high and accounting for more than a third of Michigan's hits in the contest.
The Wolverines jumped ahead early, scoring seven runs in the opening three frames, including a big five-run third inning, to establish the only advantage they needed. Michigan's first run came as a result of several Maryland miscues. Sophomore leftfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto HS) reached from the leadoff spot on an error and, after advancing to third on a groundout, she raced home to score when Terp pitcher Kendra Knight threw a wild pitch to the backstop.
Chidester belted out her first home run of the season in the second, lifting a towering solo shot over the rightfield fence. The Wolverine bats exploded in the subsequent inning as U-M manufactured five runs off of five hits, a walk and two more pitching miscues. Senior third baseman Maggie Viefhaus (Eureka, Mo./Eureka HS) doubled to left centerfield to kick off the surge with one out and came home when senior catcher Roya St. Clair (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson HS) sent a base-hit single to the same spot. After a walk and the inning's second out, senior designated player Nikki Nemitz (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Regina HS) and sophomore shortstop Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield, Ill./Central HS) recorded back-to-back RBI hits into the outfield. Nemitz came home on a subsequent illegal pitch, while Kirkpatrick scored on a wild pitch in the same at bat.
Michigan again took advantage of a Maryland error to pad its lead in the sixth. Viefhaus and St. Clair reached on a walk and a hit by pitch, and both baserunners came home when the Terp shortstop overthrew first base on junior pinch hitter Marley Powers' (Owosso, Mich./Owosso HS) grounder to the six hole.
With the run-rule cushion in place, Taylor went 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the sixth, needing just 12 pitches to induce three straight groundouts.
The Wolverines continue their spring-break trip on Tuesday (March 2), heading to Auburn, Ala., to take on Auburn at 6 p.m. CST at Jane B. Moore Field.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423
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