March 18, 2011
Site: Fullerton, Calif. (Titan Softball Complex)
Event: Judi Garman Classic
Scores: #5 Michigan 8, #7 Arizona 0
Records: U-M (28-1), Arizona (24-6)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, March 17 -- vs. Notre Dame - Judi Garman Classic (Fullerton, Calif.), 9 a.m. PDT
FULLERTON, Calif. -- The No. 5-ranked University of Michigan softball team picked off its second top-10 opponent in as many days, using potent pitching and a late offensive attack to roll to a decisive 8-0 win over No. 7 Arizona on the second day of competition at the Judi Garman Classic on Friday afternoon (March 18) at the Titan Softball Complex.
Senior RHP Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) commanded from the circle, striking out nine Wildcat batters while allowing seven hits and a walk en route to her second straight complete-game shutout.
Junior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto HS) paced the Wolverine offense from the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4 while matching a season high with three runs batted in. Five other Wolverines tallied RBI, including freshman catcher Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield HS), who keyed Michigan's six-run sixth with an RBI single through the left side.
After Arizona loaded the bases to threaten in the bottom of the second, the Wolverines responded in kind in the next half inning, putting three on with one out after a pair of singles and a walk before knocking in the winning run on an RBI groundout to short.
Michigan broke the game open with its six-run effort with two outs in the sixth, loading the bases with a double and two walks before sending in runs on the next four at-bats. Blanchard's single was followed by a hit-by-pitch and base hits from freshman rightfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community HS) and Evans. Doyle beat out an infield single to short, before Evans knocked a three-run double to the wall in right centerfield.
U-M used another RBI groundout to add an insurance tally in the seventh, and with the significant cushion, Taylor set down the game's final three batters on just eight pitches.
The Wolverines will wrap up play at the Judi Garman Classic tomorrow (Saturday, March 19) with slate against Notre Dame (9 a.m. PDT) and Fresno State (11 a.m. PDT) at the Titan Softball Complex in Fullerton, Calif.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423