Wolverines Fall to No. 15 Texas, Rebound to Down DePaul

March 21, 2010

• Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2

Site: Fullerton, Calif. (Titan Softball Complex)
Event: Judi Garman Classic
Scores: #15 Texas 5, #4 Michigan 2, #4 Michigan 3, DePaul 1
Records: U-M (22-5), Texas (23-5), DePaul (12-10)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, March 24 -- vs. Bowling Green (Wilpon Softball Complex), 4 p.m.

FULLERTON, Calif. -- The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan softball team split its final two games of the annual Judi Garman Classic on Saturday (March 20), falling to No. 15 Texas, 5-2, before rebounding with a 3-1 decision against DePaul at the Titan Softball Complex.

Sophomore leftfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto HS) registered a pair of hits in each contest, including Michigan's only two against the Longhorns, to post a 4-for-7 effort on the afternoon. Junior first baseman Dorian Shaw (Burke, Va./Robinson SS) went 2-for-3 in the second slate against DePaul with a solo home run in the seventh, while sophomore second baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini HS) went long in the second inning.

Senior LHP Nikki Nemitz (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Regina HS) earned the victory against the Blue Demons, improving to 7-3 on the season with a three-strikeout, four-hit complete-game performance. Junior RHP Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) suffered her second loss of the season, falling to 12-2, in the first game, allowing 10 hits and five walks while striking out eight against Texas.

The Wolverines scored two in the top of the seventh to knock off DePaul. Shaw led off the frame with her 10th home run of the season, powering a solo blast over the fence in right centerfield to put the Wolverines ahead for good. Chidester reached on an overthrow by the Blue Demon third baseman in the next at-bat and, after advancing on a sacrifice, came home for an insurance run when senior centerfielder Molly Bausher (Las Vegas, Nev./Spring Valley HS) sent run-scoring comebacker to the pitching circle.

Chidester provided Michigan the early advantage with two down in the second frame, lifting her fourth homer of the season over the leftfield fence. DePaul responded in the next inning, manufacturing a run on a leadoff single and subsequent steal and sacrifice.

The Wolverines gave up the early lead and never recovered against Texas in the day's opening contest. With one runner on after a full-count walk, catcher Amy Hooks lifted a two-run homer over the wall in left centerfield. The Longhorns added runs in the second and fourth as second baseman Raygan Feight came home on an illegal pitch and first baseman Lexy Bennett tallied a run-scoring single down the leftfield line.

Michigan chipped away with a run in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of a Texas error to manufacture the tally on a subsequent fielder's choice. Nemitz earned the run batted in on the play, sending an infield grounder to the six spot.

The two teams traded unearned runs in the final three frames. Texas scored on a throwing error in the fifth, while Michigan pushed one across on a seventh-inning fielding error. The Wolverines could not convert again as Texas registered a four-pitch strikeout to end the game.

Michigan will open up the home portion of its 2009-10 campaign against Bowling Green on Wednesday (March 24). The non-conference game is slated for a 4 p.m. start at the Wilpon Softball Complex, home of Alumni Field.

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423

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