Sappingfield, Driesenga Help Michigan Blow Past Bowling Green
Sara Driesenga

March 28, 2012

Box Score | Notes | Highlights

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #20 Michigan 12, Bowling Green 2 (6 innings)
Records: U-M (22-9), BGSU (15-10)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 31 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 1 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team used a pair of five-run frames to defeat Bowling Green, 12-2 in six innings, on a windy Wednesday afternoon (March 28) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.

The Maize and Blue tied a season high with 13 hits, with four Wolverines recording two hits each. Sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) led the offense by going 2-for-3 with a grand slam and a career-best five runs batted in. Freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) earned the win in the circle, throwing 6.0 innings and giving up two runs on three hits with four strikeouts.

Michigan struck first with a run in the opening frame, as senior third baseman Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield, Ill./Central) singled up the middle to score sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) from third for the early 1-0 lead.

Bowling Green tied the game with a run in the second before Michigan scored five runs on six hits in the bottom portion of the inning. Sappingfield's single up the middle started the outburst, driving in a run following base hits from Driesenga and freshman catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago). A bunt single loaded the bases for Doyle, who put a chopper through the left side for Michigan's second run of the inning and a 3-1 lead.

Senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) singled down the leftfield line for two more runs before Driesenga drew a bases-loaded walk as the Wolverines took a 6-1 lead after two innings.

The Falcons got a run back in the third inning, scoring from third as Sweet threw out the runner attempting to steal second.

After the Wolverines were held without a run in the third and fourth innings, junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) led off the fifth with a solo home run to right to extend Michigan's advantage to 7-2.

In Michigan's offensive half of the sixth, Chidester led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Following a Kirkpatrick walk, Driesenga knocked one through the left side, allowing Chidester to score Michigan's eighth run of the contest. With the bases loaded following a Bowling Green error and a walk, Sappingfield used the wind blowing out to rightfield and knocked a 2-2 pitch just over the fence for a game-ending grand slam.

The Wolverines return to Big Ten action this weekend, traveling to Indiana for a three-game series. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday (March 31) at 1 p.m. and wrap up the series on Sunday (April 1) with a single game at 1 p.m.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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