Offensive Fireworks Power Wolverines Past Penn State in Twinbill
Stephanie Kirkpatrick

March 24, 2012

• Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Results: #20 Michigan 11, Penn State 2 (5 innings); #20 Michigan 12, Penn State 4 (6 innings)
Records: U-M (20-9, 2-0 Big Ten), PSU (7-17, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 25 -- vs. Penn State (Wilpon Complex), 1 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team totaled 23 runs and 22 hits on the day, sweeping a doubleheader from Penn State, 11-2 in five innings and 12-4 in six innings, on Saturday afternoon (March 24) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.

Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) threw a two-hitter in the first game, allowing just two runs and striking out three. The Michigan offense totaled 10 hits, led by a 3-for-3 performance by senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) and two hits each from junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) and freshman catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago).

Michigan exploded for five runs in the third inning on the strength of four hits and one PSU error. Evans led off with a chopper to second base, advancing to second when sophomore Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) drew a walk. Two consecutive walks loaded the bases and Evans crossed home on a wild pitch. Lane followed with a single to left field for Michigan's second run of the contest. An error by the PSU second baseman on a grounder by senior third baseman Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield, Ill./Central) allowed U-M's third run of the inning to score. Junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) singled through the right side for another tally and Sweet's RBI double over the leftfielder's head completed Michigan's five-run third inning.

U-M tacked on another run in the fourth after Evans led off with another infield single. After Evans moved to third base on a sacrifice and a flyout, Lane drove a single through the right side as Michigan increased its lead to 6-0.

After a single to lead off the fifth, Penn State's Lisa Akamine hit a home run to slice Michigan's lead to four at 6-2.

With runners on second and third in Michigan's half of the fifth, sophomore pinch hitter Taylor Hasselbach's (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) single to right got away from the PSU outfielder for two more Michigan runs to extend the advantage to 8-2. Evans followed with a single to left for another U-M score, bringing senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) to the plate with a runner on and a 9-2 lead. The senior first baseman hit her sixth homer of the season, ending the game in five innings at 11-2.

In the day's second contest, Wagner picked up the win in relief after throwing 3.0 innings and giving up a run on two hits. Kirkpatrick went 2-for-3 with a home run and a career-best five runs batted in as five Wolverines went for two hits in the six-inning win.

Michigan put two runs on the board in the first inning, courtesy of back-to-back RBI singles from Lane and Kirkpatrick for a 2-0 advantage.

A leadoff homer from Sweet in the second inning increased the lead to 3-0. Two consecutive singles, followed by back-to-back walks resulted in Michigan's fourth run of the contest. Kirkpatrick's sacrifice fly to rightfield accounted for the Maize and Blue's final run of the inning, putting Michigan on top at 5-0.

The Nittany Lions put up three runs in the fourth frame to climb back within two at 5-3, but the Wolverines responded with five markers in the bottom of the inning. Three runs came on the swing of Kirkpatrick's bat, a line-drive home run to right field. Sweet knocked in another run with a single to left, and Michigan plated its final run of the inning on an infield single by sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) and subsequent error on Penn State for a 10-3 lead.

Penn State scored a run in the fifth, but Michigan ended the contest in the next inning on a Hasselbach pinch-hit, two-run double to center. Freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) led off the frame with a single and Knapp drew a walk, and the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Hasselbach then delivered her second hit as a pinch hitter of the day, sending the Wolverines to the six-inning victory.

The Wolverines wrap up their three-game series against Penn State tomorrow (Sunday, March 25) at the Wilpon Complex at 1 p.m.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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