Feb. 29, 2012
Site: Tampa, Fla. (USF Softball Stadium)
Result: USF 2, #16 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (11-4), USF (11-2)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 2 -- vs. UCLA - Citrus Classic (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.), 4:45 p.m.
TAMPA, Fla. -- The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan softball team was held scoreless for just the second time this season, falling, 2-0, at USF on Wednesday evening (Feb. 29) at the USF Softball Stadium.
Michigan registered six hits in the contest, with sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) accounting for two of them. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) went the distance and was charged with her first loss of the season after giving up two runs on seven hits while fanning three.
U-M loaded the bases in the first inning as senior designated player Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) singled to the catcher, senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) walked and Wagner was hit by a pitch to bring up freshman catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) with two outs. With a full count, Sweet knocked one over the fence in rightfield, but it was just foul. Sweet swung and missed at the next pitch, ending the top half of the frame for the Maize and Blue.
The Bulls put up a run in the third inning, leading off with a bunt single to Wagner. A sacrifice bunt from the next batter put USF in scoring position, allowing a single up the middle to plate the first run of the contest. A leadoff triple to start the fourth for USF resulted in another run as the Bulls increased their lead to 2-0.
Michigan had another scoring opportunity in the fifth after Doyle led off with a single down the leftfield line. After Evans sacrificed her to second and sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) struck out, Chidester singled to right. Doyle attempted to score from second but was called out at the plate and U-M remained scoreless through five.
The Wolverines went down in order in the seventh inning as USF hung on for the 2-0 win.
U-M will get back to tournament action this weekend (Fri-Sun., March 2-4), participating in the Citrus Classic at the ESPN Softball Diamondplex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Wolverines will first square off against UCLA on Friday (March 2) at 4:45 p.m.
N O T E S
This is the eighth time U-M has played on Feb. 29, carrying a 5-3 all-time record on "Leap Day." Michigan and USF played a doubleheader on Feb. 29, 2000, as the two teams split the games.
U-M is now 11-6 all-time against USF.
Today's contest marked the first time Michigan has played on a Wednesday this season.
Stephanie Kirkpatrick (third base) and Amanda Chidester (first base) both started at their respective positions for the first time in their careers.
Junior Jaclyn Crummey earned her first career start, starting in centerfield. It was the first time since the final game of 2010 that Bree Evans did not play in center.
Caitlin Blanchard made an appearance as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning for Amy Knapp, only the second time U-M has used a pinch hitter this season.
Michigan is in the midst of a 10-day trip to Florida. Through six games, Michigan is 3-3 on the trip.
It was U-M's third true road game of the season, moving Michigan's record to 2-1 in those contests.
USF was ranked No. 23 in the USA Softball/ESPN.com poll and received 27 votes in the NFCA/USA Today poll.
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