Eight-Run Third Inning Carries Michigan Past EMU in Five Innings
Sara Driesenga

March 21, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #20 Michigan 10, Eastern Michigan 2 (5 innings)
Records: U-M (18-9), EMU (9-15)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 24 -- vs. Penn State - doubleheader (Wilpon Complex), 1 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- An eight-run third inning that featured a two-run homer run from freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) and a grand slam by senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) propelled the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team to a 10-2 win over Eastern Michigan in five innings on Wednesday evening (March 21) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.

Driesenga went the distance in the circle, pitching 5.0 innings and giving up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts. The offense tallied eight hits by seven different Wolverines. Driesenga was 1-for-2 at the plate with two runs batted in on a homer to left-center and Chidester was 1-for-2 with four RBI on a grand slam in the third frame. Senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.

EMU had two base hits in the first inning, leading to a 1-0 advantage for the Eagles. The Wolverines answered with two runs in the bottom half, taking advantage of an EMU miscue. Evans led off with a double and sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) followed with a single. After being successfully sacrificed ahead, Evans scored on a groundout by senior third baseman Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield, Ill./Central). With the Eagles trying to get junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Edcondido) out at second on the play, the ball came out of the shortstop's glove on the tag, allowing Doyle to score for a 2-1 Michigan lead. 

The Maize and Blue exploded for eight runs in the third inning, taking advantage of two home runs. With one out, Kirkpatrick drew a walk and scored when Driesenga knocked it over the wall for two runs. A walk sandwiched between two singles brought Evans up to the plate with bases loaded, and she singled to the second baseman for another U-M run. EMU walked in a run to force a pitching change with Chidester due up with the bases still loaded. On an 0-1 count, the senior hit a towering shot to center, increasing Michigan's lead to 10-1.

EMU put up another run in the fourth inning but could get no closer as the Eagles went down in order in the fifth.

The Wolverines open Big Ten play on Saturday (March 24), hosting Penn State at the Wilpon Complex. The doubleheader will start at 1 p.m.

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