Michigan Rebounds from Loss to Syracuse to Down Virginia
Lauren Sweet

March 3, 2012

• Boxscores: Syracuse | Virginia

Site: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (ESPN Softball Diamondplex)
Event: Citrus Classic (Day 2)
Results: Syracuse 4, #16 Michigan 2; #16 Michigan 7, Virginia 1
Records: U-M (14-5), Syracuse (8-6), Virginia (13-4)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 3 -- vs. Temple - Citrus Classic (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.), 11:15 a.m.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After falling to Syracuse, 4-2, to start the day, the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan softball team rebounded to dispatch of Virginia, 7-1, to complete the second day of action at the Citrus Classic on Saturday afternoon (March 3) at the ESPN Diamondplex.

Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) went the distance in the win over the Cavaliers, allowing one run on one hit while striking out one. The Wolverines totaled seven hits in the contest, paced by freshman catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago), who went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in.

Michigan erupted for five runs in the first inning, using two hits and two Virginia errors. With the bases loaded, Wagner was hit by a pitch to walk in the first run. Sweet then singled up the middle, allowing two runs to score as the runners advanced to second and third on a throwing error by the centerfielder. Junior shortstop Amy Knapp's (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) grounder was misplayed by the third baseman, plating two more runs as Michigan went up 5-0.

The Wolverines scored another run in the fourth inning on two more Virginia errors. Sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) reached base on a misplay by the shortstop to lead off the inning, advancing to second on a sacrifice by senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto). Sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield's (Norco, Calif./Norco) single to the shortstop pushed Doyle to third. Senior first baseman Amanda Chidester's (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) chopper to the shortstop was mishandled, allowing Doyle to score and Michigan's lead to increase to 6-0.

After Virginia got on the board with a run in the sixth inning, Sweet looped a single into centerfield to score Chidester, who reached on an error by the third baseman, for Michigan's seventh run of the contest. Virginia had a base runner on third in the seventh, but Wagner got the last batter to strike out swinging to secure the victory.

Freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) was charged the loss in Michigan's 4-2 loss to Syracuse to start the day, pitching 3.0 innings and giving up three runs on six hits. Offensively, the Wolverines tallied five hits, each by a different player.

Syracuse scored the first three runs of the contest, powered by a two-run home in the third inning. U-M got a run back in the top of the fourth when junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) hit a solo home run down the leftfield line to cut the Orange advantage to 3-1.

U-M cut into the Syracuse advantage again in the next inning as Doyle drew a walk to open the fifth and stole second to move into scoring position. With two out, Chidester's grounder down the third base line landed fair before being ruled a ground-rule double to score Doyle from second, bringing Michigan to within a run at 3-2.

Syracuse recorded another run in the bottom half of the fifth on a wild pitch to regain a two-run lead. Michigan only had one base runner the rest of the game as Syracuse took the 4-2 decision.

The Wolverines wrap up the tournament tomorrow (Sunday, March 4) against Temple at 11:15 a.m.


• Against Syracuse, Ashley Lane hit her team-leading fifth home run of the season.

Stephanie Speierman and Hilary Payne each made their second relief appearances of the season in the Syracuse content.

• In the first game of the day, Michigan used all four pitchers -- Sara Driesenga, Stephanie Speierman, Hilary Payne and Haylie Wagner -- for the first time this season.

• Michigan and Syracuse were playing head to head for the first time.

• U-M leads the all-time series against Virginia, 5-2.

• With three hits against Virginia, Lauren Sweet recorded her sixth multi-hit game of the season.

Bree Evans is the only player to hit from the leadoff position this season.

Haylie Wagner picked up her 10th win of the season, the first pitcher to reach double-digit victories this season.

• Michigan is 5-0 when coming off a loss and has not lost two in a row this season.

Amanda Chidester (first base), Ashley Lane (second base), Amy Knapp (shortstop) and Stephanie Kirkpatrick (third base) each started at their respective positions for the fifth consecutive game.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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