March 25, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #20 Michigan 6, Penn State 0
Records: U-M (21-9, 3-0 Big Ten), PSU (7-18, 0-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, March 28 -- vs. Bowling Green (Wilpon Complex), 4 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Powered by a season-high 13 hits, the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team completed a weekend sweep against Penn State with a 6-0 win Sunday afternoon (March 25) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
The Wolverines received 3-for-4 performances from sophomore outfielders Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) and Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco), while junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) turned in a 2-for-2 outing with two runs batted in on a home run in the sixth inning. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) recorded her 15th win of the season in the shutout, allowing just two hits and striking out five.
Michigan loaded the bases in the third inning on a Doyle dribbler up the middle, followed by a walk to senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) and a single to center from junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido). Freshman designated player Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) blooped a single to leftfield to plate Michigan's first run of the contest for a 1-0 lead.
Senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) reached base on a single to the shortstop in the fourth, and Doyle followed with a bunt single to bring Chidester to the plate with one out. Her base knock to rightfield scored Evans from second for U-M's second tally of the day.
In the Wolverines' half of the fifth, Knapp led off with a double to the wall in right-center and advanced to third on freshman catcher Lauren Sweet's (Corona, Calif./Santiago) bunt single. Junior pinch runner Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mich./Dakota), who ran on the bases for Sweet, stole second to give Michigan runners at second and third for Sappingfield, who doubled down the leftfield line, extending Michigan's advantage to 4-0.
Lane got on base to lead off the sixth when her grounder went through the shortstop's legs. After a popout and a strikeout, Knapp hit her second home run of the season to rightfield as Michigan's lead stretched to 6-0.
A walk with two outs in the seventh inning gave Penn State a baserunner, but the next batter grounded out to Wagner as Michigan recorded its fourth consecutive win.
The Wolverines will complete their five-game homestand on Wednesday (March 28), playing host to Bowling Green at 4 p.m.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423