March 5, 2013
Site: UCF Softball Complex
Scores: #14 Michigan 14, Boston College 2 (five innings)
Records: U-M (14-5), Boston College (4-7)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, March 6 -- vs. UCF (Orlando, Fla.), 5:30 p.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Patient hitters picked up six first-inning walks, contributing to eight runs for the No. 14 University of Michigan softball team in the opening frame of a 14-2, five-inning victory today (Tuesday, March 5) over Boston College at the UCF Softball Complex.
Twelve batters in all came up to bat in the first for the Wolverines, who combined the six walks with a hit batter and one hit to pile on eight runs in the first. Junior Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) picked up the only hit for U-M in the first when she batted for the second time, driving in junior Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) on a 0-2 count. It was Doyle's second run of the inning; she led off the game with a walk and scored before reaching on an error.
U-M flexed its offensive prowess in the third inning, putting the game out of reach with five runs on four hits and an error. Five straight Wolverines reached base, starting with Doyle's first double of the season, before Sappingfield reached on a BC error. Freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) drove a ball into the left-center gap to score Doyle. Cleanup hitter sophomore Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) drilled a full-count offering off the wall in right to plate Sappingfield. Junior Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield) then poked a single into left-center, bringing two runs in to score. She eventually scored herself on a sacrifice fly by freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian).
By the end of the third, U-M built a 13-2 lead. Boston College struck first, scoring two runs in top off the first. Driesenga started her 18th game of the year, and two runners came around to score on one hit and an error. She finished the day four strikeouts in three innings pitched and earned her 13th win of the season. Freshman Alice Fitzpatrick (Union Grove, Wis./Union Grove) pitched two innings of scoreless relief and struck out two Eagles.
The Wolverines added one run in fourth inning on a Romero double, her second hit of the game and her second run batted in. Junior Katie Luetkens (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) collected her first career hit in the inning.
Michigan continues its spring break trip on Wednesday (March 6) at 5:30 p.m. with a game against UCF in Orlando, Fla., at the UCF Softball Complex.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423