March 7, 2010
Site: Tuscaloosa, Ala. (UA Softball Complex)
Event: Easton SEC/Midwest Challenge
Score: #7 Michigan 8, South Carolina 0 (5 innings)
Records: U-M (14-4), USC (9-9)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 13 -- at Louisville (2 p.m.), vs. Hofstra (4 p.m.) in Red & Black Tournament (Louisville, Ky.)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Senior rightfielder Angela Findlay (Lockport, Ill./East HS) and junior first baseman Dorian Shaw (Burke, Va./J.W. Robinson HS) each drove in three runs, and freshman RHP Stephanie Speierman (Columbia, Md./Hammond HS) picked up her first collegiate win as the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan softball team run-ruled South Carolina by an 8-0 count in five innings Sunday (March 7) in the Easton SEC/Midwest Challenge at UA Softball Complex.
After managing just two hits while eking out a 1-0 win over USC 25 hours earlier, the Wolverines knocked out 11 safeties in Sunday's runaway, including two apiece for Findlay, Shaw and sophomore leftfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto HS). U-M scored two runs in the first inning, one in the third, four in the fourth, and one in the fifth to complete the tournament with a 4-0 record.
Speierman (1-0) earn her first collegiate decision by throwing three perfect innings in relief of senior LHP starter Nikki Nemitz (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Regina HS), who allowed two hits in two scoreless innings but did not meet the minimum number of innings to qualify for the decision. The Gamecocks did not get a ball out of the infield against Speierman, as she recorded the nine outs on four groundouts, two popups, and three strikeouts, including K's of the final two batters she faced.
Senior catcher Roya St. Clair (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson HS) and Shaw collected RBI singles to open the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, and Findlay tacked on another tally with her fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to right-center leading off the third.
The Wolverines blew open the game in the fourth. Sophomore shortstop Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield, Ill./Central HS), senior centerfielder Molly Bausher (Las Vegas, Nev./Spring Valley HS), and Evans opened the inning with consecutive singles, and Findlay followed with a two-run base hit to leftfield. After a flyout and groundout, Shaw's two-run single up the middle produced a 7-0 U-M advantage. Shaw reached base three times, going 2-for-2 with a walk.
U-M invoked the run rule with two outs in the fifth when junior pinch-hitter Marley Powers (Owosso, Mich./Owosso HS) singled in Bausher, who had reached on an error, for an unearned run. Bausher, Evans and Findlay scored two runs apiece.
Junior RHP Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) was selected as the tournament's Most Valuable Player after beating No. 8-ranked Alabama twice with a pair of complete-game efforts. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Findlay, Shaw and St. Clair.
Michigan (14-4) will try to build on its six-game winning streak next Saturday and Sunday (March 13-14) at Louisville's Red & Black Tournament in Louisville, Ky. The Wolverines will face Louisville and Hofstra twice each, beginning with a 2 p.m. game Saturday against the host Cardinals.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423