Walk-Off Win over Notre Dame Propels U-M to First Day Split
Taylor Hasselbach

March 15, 2012

• Boxscores: Notre Dame | Oklahoma |  Notes
• Photo Galleries: Notre Dame  |  Oklahoma 

Site: Fullerton Calif. (Titan Softball Complex)
Event: Judi Garman Classic (Day 1)
Results: #19 Michigan 2, Notre Dame 1; #7 Oklahoma 2, #19 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (17-8), ND (11-9), OU (22-3)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 16 -- vs. Arizona State - Judi Garman Classic (Fullerton, Calif.), 5:30 p.m. PDT

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Sophomore pinch hitter Taylor Hasselbach (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) delivered a walk-off single as the No. 19-ranked University of Michigan softball team defeated Notre Dame, 2-1, before dropping a 2-0 decision to No. 7-ranked Oklahoma on Thursday (March 15) in the Judi Garman Classic at the Titan Softball Complex.

Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) picked up the win against the Irish in 7.0 innings pitched, giving up one run on six hits while striking out three. Michigan tallied seven hits by seven different Wolverines, highlighted by junior second baseman Ashley Lane's (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) second-inning home run and Hasselbach's game-winning single.

After Notre Dame struck first with a run in the first inning, Michigan answered back with a home run to centerfield by Lane in the second to knot the score at 1-1.

The Maize and Blue loaded the bases in the fourth inning with just one out, but a popup to the first baseman, followed by a foul out to the leftfielder got Notre Dame out of the inning.

The teams traded scoreless innings, heading to the seventh still tied at 1-1. Notre Dame put a runner on base in the top half with two out, but Wagner got the next batter to ground out to end the Irish half of the inning. Junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) led off with a double down the rightfield line, advancing to third on a sacrifice by freshman catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago). Hasselbach, pinch hitting for sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community), got ahead in the count at 3-0 before fouling off three consecutive pitches. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Hasselbach hit a chopper up the middle that scored Knapp to seal Michigan's 2-1 win.

Wagner was charged the loss in the day's second contest, once again pitching all 7.0 innings. Wagner surrendered two runs on seven hits and struck out three. Knapp collected two of Michigan's four hits in the contest.

Oklahoma put a run on the board in the second inning with a solo home run to left for a 1-0 lead.

Michigan loaded the bases in the fifth inning with one out when senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) was hit in the shin by a pitch after a fielder's choice and a bunt single had U-M runners at first and second. A subsequent strikeout and a fielder's choice that left Evans out at second ended Michigan's half of the inning without a run.

Two errors in the sixth by Michigan led to another Oklahoma run as the Sooners increased their lead to 2-0. The Wolverines did not have a baserunner the rest of the contest in the 2-0 loss.

U-M is back in action tomorrow (Friday, March 16), taking on No. 5-ranked Arizona State at 5:30 p.m. PDT.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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