March 3, 2013
Site: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (ESPN Softball Diamondplex)
Event: Citrus Classic (Day 3)
Score: #10 Oregon 13, #14 Michigan 4 (6 innings)
Records: U-M (13-5), Oregon (18-3)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, March 5 -- vs. Boston College (Orlando, Fla.), 1 p.m.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan softball team fell to No. 10-ranked Oregon today (Sunday, March 3) to close the Citrus Classis. The Ducks prevailed, 13-4 in six innings, on the strength of six home runs.
Oregon jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first against sophomore Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville). It looked like the Wolverines would keep pace when freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) belted a solo home run to left-center in the bottom of the second to even the score. Lawrence homered in her previous at-bat in the sixth inning against James Madison (Saturday, March 2).
The Ducks regained the lead in their half of the third on a home run and two base hits. The home run was just the second Driesenga had allowed in 95 innings this season. Then in the fourth, Oregon hit back-to-back home runs and added another run on two hits. Senior Stephanie Speierman (Columbia, Md./Hammond) relieved Driesenga and got a strikeout to end the inning. Oregon led 6-1 before U-M batted in the fourth.
The Wolverines fought back in the bottom of the inning, converting a walk by junior Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield), a Lawrence base hit, and two Oregon errors into three runs and closing the gap to 6-4 going into the fifth.
The Ducks hit three more round-trippers in the final two innings and built a 13-4 lead to eventually earn a run-rule decision in the sixth inning.
Michigan will continue its spring break trip Tuesday (March 5) with a 1 p.m. game against Boston College at the UCF Softball Complex in Orlando, Fla.
N O T E S
Michigan finished the Citrus Classic with a 3-2 record, including wins over Georgia Tech and No. 9 Texas A&M on Friday (March 1) and a win over James Madison on Saturday (March 2).
Alice Fitzpatrick pitched 0.2 innings of scoreless relief, striking out two.
Sierra Lawrence extended her hit streak to nine games.
U-M is now 4-3 all-time against Oregon.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423