U-M Cools Off No. 2 Sun Devils, Run-Rules No. 14 Arizona
Amy Knapp

March 15, 2013

• Boxscores: Arizona State | Arizona

Site: Fullerton, Calif. (Anderson Family Field)
Event: Judi Garman Classic (Day 2)
Scores: #15 Michigan 5, #2 Arizona State 4; #15 Michigan 9, #14 Arizona 1 (6 innings)
Records: U-M (20-7), Arizona State (27-2), Arizona (20-7)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 16 -- vs. North Carolina State (Fullerton, Calif.), 10 a.m. PDT

FULLERTON, Calif. -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan softball team overcame deficits in two games to upend ranked foes today (Friday, March 15), beating No. 2 Arizona State, 5-4, and then run-ruling No. 14 Arizona, 9-1, in six innings at the Judi Garman Classic.

In game one, the difference came in the top of the sixth inning, which included an out-of-order batter, ASU error and one U-M hit made. Michigan trailed, 4-3, when freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) pinch hit for the wrong batter to lead off the frame. She was supposed to enter as the third batter in the inning, in the sixth spot in the lineup, but instead hit in the fourth spot. She fouled out to first, but the out was credited to sophomore Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville), for whom Lawrence mistakenly batted for. Senior Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) walked, and Lawrence batted again, this time correctly in the six hole. She laid down a sac bunt that the ASU pitcher threw away. Lane ended up on third and Lawrence on second.

The big blow of the inning came from senior Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore),who batted seventh in the lineup for the first time this season. Knapp knocked a 1-1 pitch back up the middle, scoring Lane and Lawrence to put U-M ahead for good, 5-4.

The Sun Devils started the scoring in the bottom of the second with a solo homer. The Wolverines erased that two innings later. Lane hit a two-run homer, her sixth of the year, a line drive to right-center that gave U-M its first lead, 2-1.

ASU got three runs back in the bottom half of the fourth on four hits. Driesenga came on in relief of starter sophomore Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) with two outs and got the final out.

Now facing a 4-2 deficit, senior Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mich./Dakota),making her ninth start of the season, led off with a base hit to left and stole second. With two outs, junior Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) roped a single to center, scoring Crummey.

Driesenga escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth following three ASU hits. She got the second out of inning on a strike out, before Lane made a nice play to end the threat.

Once the Wolverines took the lead in the sixth, with a runner on second, Sappingfield charged in from left and slid just before she ran into the fence to haul in the second out. The runner on second tagged. The next Sun Devil batter drilled a line drive into Driesenga's abdomen, and it rolled over to Knapp, who threw a strike to first to cut the runner down.

Wagner re-entered in the bottom of the seventh to face ASU's 7-8-9 hitters. Despite the leadoff batter reaching second, the lefty shut it down to earn her first save of the year, and Driesenga picked up her 15th win.

Against No. 14 Arizona, the Wolverines spotted the Wildcats a 1-0 with an unearned run in the first.

In the fourth, junior Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch. Two pitches later, freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) blasted a no-doubt home run to left to give Michigan a 2-1 lead. It is her eighth homer of the season and third in four games at the Judi Garman Classic.

Driesenga restarted the offense with a walk. Knapp followed one out later with a triple, scoring junior Brandi Virgil (Houston, Texas/Cypress Creek), who was in to pinch run.

U-M picked up one more run in the frame on a double from junior Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield) that plated Knapp to put U-M up 4-1. In all, U-M sent eight batters to the plate and slugged 3.000 in the inning.

In the next inning, a Wildcat error, walk and infield hit from Sappingfield loaded the bases. Driesenga delivered a line-drive single into left-center that scored two, giving her 25 runs batted in on the season. One batter later, Knapp singled back up the middle to score Sappingfield and stretch the U-M lead to six runs.

The U-M defense erased base runners in both the fifth and sixth innings with 5-4-3 double plays. Driesenga went six innings, allowing just four hits and striking out three.

A bases-loaded walk and passed ball ended the game in run-rule fashion.

Michigan concludes play in the Judi Garman Classic on Saturday (March 16) against North Carolina State at 10 a.m. PDT at the Anderson Family Field in Fullerton, Calif.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423

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