March 21, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Scores: #6 Michigan 8, Indiana 0 (6 inn.); #6 Michigan 9, Indiana 1 (5 inn.)
Records: U-M (21-6, 2-0 Big Ten), Indiana (8-20-1, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 22 -- vs. Indiana (Wilpon Complex), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan softball team piled on runs in bunches Friday (March 21) to take two games against Indiana, 8-0 in six innings and 9-1 in five innings, on the first day of the home opening weekend at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. The day also marked the 2014 conference opener for both teams.
In game one, junior pitcher Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) helped the Wolverines win on both sides of the ball. In the circle, she was efficient and held the Hoosiers scoreless for her fourth shutout of the season. The southpaw (14-0) yielded six hits and no walks. She only struck out two batters batter, but got weak swings from Indiana that resulted in groundouts and pop ups.
At the plate, Wagner delivered one of Michigan's big blows -- a two-out, two-run homer in the third inning. That opened the game up to 5-0, and U-M cruised from there. The homer was Wagner's first since May 12, 2012 (vs. Purdue), and was also part of a two-hit game.
Senior Taylor Hasselbach (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) continued her hot hitting, lacing a pair of extra-base hits. She roped the first triple of her career in the third, right before Wagner went yard. In the sixth, Hasselbach ended the game with a two-run double, providing U-M with eight runs to sew up the run-rule victory.
The junior designated player batted 2-for-4 with three runs batted in. It marked the third game out of four that she has knocked in at least one run.
Michigan scored once in the first, once in the second and plated three in the third on Hasselbach's triple and Wagner's homer. Then the Wolverines salted the game way with three in the sixth.
Seniors Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) and Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) also had productive days at the dish. Doyle collected three hits -- including a first-inning triple -- scored twice and knocked in one. Sappingfield went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
In game two, U-M pulled away with a seven-run third inning, eventually winning 9-1 in five innings. U-M used three extra-base hits and a pair of Hoosier errors to put up its seven spot. Following a leadoff single from Doyle to open the frame and a Ramirez walk, senior Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield) stroked a double into left field, scoring both base runners.
After two IU errors on back-to-back hitters, sophomore pinch hitter Kelsey Susalla (Garden City, Mich./Garden City) followed Blanchard's lead and popped a double into left center, plating two more runs. Not to be outdone, junior pinch hitter Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) pounded a two-run homer to left to extend U-M's lead to 8-0. It is Sweet's first home run of the season.
Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) put U-M on the board in the first with her seventh home run of the season.
Junior pitcher Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) earned the win in the circle, tossing five innings of one-run ball. She gave up four hits and struck out three.
The Wolverines and Hoosiers will complete the three-game series on Saturday (March 22) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will be streamed on the Big Ten Digital Network.
N O T E S
U-M is now 74-28 all-time against Indiana, and has a four-game winning streak against the Hoosiers.
Michigan is now 26-11 in home openers.
The Maize and Blue is 7-0 in run-rule decisions.
Michigan hit two triples in a game for the first time this season.
U-M collected 10-plus hits for the 13th time this season. The team is 10-3 when tallying 10 or more hits.
Lyndsay Doyle hit her second triple of the season, she is the first U-M player with a pair. Doyle has now hit two triples in a season for the third time in her career (2011, 2013). She has never hit more than two in a year.
Doyle recorded her 10th multi-hit game of the season. Nicole Sappingfield collected a two-hit game, also giving her 10 multi-hit games on the season.
Taylor Hasselbach hit the first triple of her career.
Hasselbach improved her two-out hitting to 6-for-9 (.667) with six runs batted in.
Hasselbach now has five multi-hit games on the season.
Haylie Wagner collected the second multi-hit game of her career (previous: March 2, 2012 vs. Auburn).
Sierra Romero was walked four times, setting a new season-high and tying her career high (twice, last at Michigan State on April 14, 2013).
With her bases-loaded single in the sixth, Sierra Lawrence is now 4-for-4 with 13 RBI in bases loaded situations in 2014.
U-M scored seven runs in one inning for the third time this season (last: second inning vs. Pittsburgh on Feb. 21).
Michigan is now 4-0 when hitting two or more home runs.
Sierra Romero hit the 30th home run of her career, putting her in a tie for seventh on U-M's all-time list (Grace Leutele, 2003-06).
Sara Driesenga got her first at-bat since Feb. 22 (Kent State)
Kelsey Susalla remained perfect as a pinch hitter: she is now 5-for-5 on the season with three RBI.
Caitlin Blanchard collected two RBI, giving her seven multi-RBI games on the season.
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