March 10, 2012
Site: Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)
Results: #16 Louisville 2, #14 Michigan 1; #14 Michigan 6, Saint Louis 3
Records: U-M (16-6), UL (17-0), SLU (11-11)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 11 -- vs. Illinois State - Red and Black Tournament (Louisville, Ky.), 11 a.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- After falling 2-1 to No. 16 Louisville to begin the day, the No. 14-ranked University of Michigan softball team knocked off Saint Louis, 6-3, on the first day of competition in the Red and Black Tournament on Saturday (March 10) at Ulmer Stadium.
Freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) picked up the win against Saint Louis in 5.0 innings of work, giving up three runs and striking out a career-best five. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) collected her first save of the season, throwing 2.0 scoreless innings and giving up just one hit. Senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) went 4-for-4 with two runs batted in and two runs scored to anchor the offense against the Billikens.
Michigan struck first against Saint Louis with a run in the first inning. Senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) led off with a walk, advancing to second on a successful sacrifice. Chidester doubled all the way to the wall in right-center, sending Evans home for a 1-0 lead.
The Wolverines scored another two runs in the third, both on illegal pitches by the Saint Louis pitcher. After the Billikens pulled within a run with two in the fifth, a Chidester triple followed by a blooper over the shortstop's head from junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) put Michigan back on top, 4-2, after five.
Saint Louis plated another run in the sixth, but Michigan answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to seal a 6-3 win.
Michigan tallied just four hits and stranded seven runners against Louisville, as Wagner was charged the loss in the circle, giving up two runs on five hits in 6.0 innings. Evans paced the U-M offense with two hits.
The Cardinals got on the board first with a run in the second, but Michigan looked poised to score in the top of the third. The Maize and Blue loaded the bases with one out on a single up the middle from junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore), a walk by sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) and single by Evans up the middle. However, sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) struck out looking and Chidester popped up to the second baseman to end Michigan's theat.
Senior third baseman Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield, Ill./Central) led off the fifth inning with a double down the rightfield line, advancing to third on a flyout by Knapp. With two out, Evans chopped one up the middle to score U-M's first run of the game, cutting the Louisville lead to 2-1. Sappingfield reached on a throwing error by the third baseman, which advanced Evans to third. Chidester hit one towards the wall in right, but the Cardinal outfielder made an over the shoulder grab to end the inning.
In the seventh, Knapp walked and advanced to second on interference by the second baseman when Doyle attempted the sacrifice. With runners at first and second and one out, Evans struck out swinging for the second out and Sappingfield grounded out to the second baseman.
Michigan is back in action tomorrow (Sunday, March 11), taking on Illinois State at 11 a.m.
N O T E S
Michigan is 15-2 all-time against Louisville and 5-0 against Saint Louis.
U-M is now 4-2 this year against ranked opponents after losing to No. 16 Louisville.
The contest against Louisville was just Michigan's fourth true road contest of the season as U-M moved to 2-2 in those games.
LHP Haylie Wagner suffered just her second loss of the season in her complete game against Louisville. Her first loss came at USF on Feb. 29.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423