March 16, 2013
Site: Fullerton, Calif. (Anderson Family Field)
Event: Judi Garman Classic (Day 3)
Scores: #15 U-M 1, N.C. State 0 (8 innings)
Records: U-M (21-7), N.C. State (11-12-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 22 -- vs. Purdue (Wilpon Complex) at 4 p.m.
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Junior Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) beat a throw to the plate in the eighth inning today (Saturday, March 16) to give the No. 15-ranked University of Michigan softball team a 1-0 win over North Carolina State at the Judi Garman Classic.
Sappingfield started the bottom of the eighth inning on second base as part of the international tie-breaker rule. Freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) was the inning's first batter, and she roped a single into rightfield. Head coach Carol Hutchins stopped Sappingfield at third with cleanup hitter sophomore Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) coming to bat with no outs. The Wolfpack pitcher walked Driesenga on five pitches to load the bases.
Senior Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) stepped to the dish, sporting a .333 batting average. Lane worked the count to 2-1 and hit a hot shot to the second baseman, who tried to get Sappingfield at home, but the Wolverine beat the throw, giving U-M a walk-off victory.
Sophomore Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) tossed eight innings of shutout softball, limiting the Wolfpack to five hits. She struck out six and walked zero in her longest outing of the season to earn her fourth win.
Michigan finished with Judi Garman Classic with a 4-1 record, improving to 21-7 overall. The Wolverines took down three ranked teams: No. 18 Washington Thursday (March 14) and No. 2 Arizona State and No. 14 Arizona Friday (March 15).
U-M begins Big Ten conference play against Purdue on Friday (March 22, 4 p.m.) at the Wilpon Complex home of Alumni Field.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423