March 3, 2010
Site: Starkville, Miss. (MSU Softball Field)
Score: #7 Michigan 3, Mississippi State 0
Records: U-M (10-4), Mississippi State (9-6)
Next U-M Record: Friday, March 5 -- at Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), 6 p.m. CST
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Junior first baseman Dorian Shaw (Burke, Va./Robinson SS) left the park twice, accounting for the bulk of No. 7-ranked University of Michigan softball team's runs in a 3-0 decision over Mississippi State on Wednesday evening (March 3) at MSU Softball Field. The shutout victory was Michigan's sixth of the season and second in as many games.
Shaw homered in the second and sixth innings to provide U-M the only lead it needed. Her first home run -- Michigan's first hit of the contest -- came with one down in the former frame as she drove a blast over the fence in left centerfield. The Wolverine first baseman added another solo shot with two outs in the sixth, knocking another towering blast. The effort was her third multi-homer game of the season.
Michigan added a third run in the top of the seventh, manufacturing the tally off of a leadoff walk and base hit. With senior pinch runner Kristin Larsen (Orion, Mich./Lake Orion HS) in scoring position on second base, sophomore leftfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto HS) connected with the 0-2 pitch and smacked it back through the leftside gap.
Senior LHP Nikki Nemitz (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Regina HS) and junior RHP Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) combined for the shutout. Nemitz earned the victory, improving to 3-3 on the season, with a four-hit, four-strikeout performance through five innings. Taylor entered in the sixth, tossing two no-hit innings with a walk and four strikeouts.
The Wolverines (10-4) head to Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend for the Easton SEC/Midwest Challenge. Michigan opens play against host Alabama at 6 p.m. CST on Friday (March 5) at Softball Stadium.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423