March 25, 2012
N O T E S
Michigan improves to 50-7 all-time against Penn State. U-M has won 13 in a row against the Nittany Lions.
With today's win, Michigan ran its record to 4-0 against Penn State this season. The Wolverines outscored Penn State 41-7 in the four meetings.
LHP Haylie Wagner recorded her fourth shutout of the season. It is the first time since a 4-0 win over No. 19 Auburn (March 2) that Michigan has held its opponent scoreless.
In the sixth inning Amy Knapp hit her second home run of the season and fifth of her career.
With a single in the third inning, Ashley Lane extended her reached-base streak to 11 games.
Michigan had double-digit hits in all three games this weekend against Penn State.
U-M is now 4-0 at home this season.
Nicole Sappingfield tied a career high with three hits. It was the fifth time in her career and second time this season that she tallied three hits.
Lyndsay Doyle tied a career high with three hits, marking the second time she has had three hits in a contest. She went for three hits against Wisconsin on May 1, 2011.
Michigan improved its team batting average by 20 points (.255 to .275) during the weekend series against Penn State.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On what to take from the weekend series ... "I told the kids that it is tough to play a team three times and beat them all three times. I don't care who is playing who. I knew we were going to have to work harder today. I expected it to be a tighter game. I hope we have learned the lesson that you have to stay in your moment. Yesterday's wins had no bearing on today's game. You have to be a little tougher and have to persevere. We persevered throughout that game and came up with a big win. I thought Haylie (Wagner) really came back out and was on top of her game today."
On the bottom of the order coming through offensively ... "The bottom of the order is just as important as the rest of the order. We have to make sure that they understand that. Our championship team's motto was, 'When the bottom of the order comes through, that is when championships are won.' When we can hit through the order, it makes us a very dangerous team."
On if this was the offense she expected this season ... "We have faced a lot of good pitching so far this season, which has an impact on our offense. We want good, quality at-bats and that will lead to runs. We just need to be a three-tool team. We have to play good defense, we have to have good pitching, and you have to be able to hit hittable pitches and score runs. We are a very capable team. Look at Amy Knapp today, swinging how she swung. And I had pinch hit for her earlier in the game. She didn't hang her head. I told her that I didn't take her out because I thought she couldn't do it. I wanted to give Taylor (Hasselbach) a chance because she had been hot lately. You just have to stay confident."
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