March 31, 2012
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (IU Softball Field)
Scores: #20 Michigan 3, Indiana 2; Indiana 7, #20 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (23-10, 4-1 Big Ten), IU (17-16, 2-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 1 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 1 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team split a Big Ten doubleheader at Indiana, knocking off the Hoosiers, 3-2, in the first contest before falling, 7-2, in the second game on Saturday afternoon (March 31) at the IU Softball Field.
The Michigan offense totaled nine hits in the first contest, led by a 3-for-4 performance by senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) and a 2-for-3 showing from junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore). Senior third baseman Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield, Ill./Central) and junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) each hit solo home runs to account for two-thirds of Michigan's scoring. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) earned the win in the circle, throwing 5.1 innings while giving up two runs on seven hits, with freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) earning her second save of the season after pitching 1.2 innings of scoreless and hitless relief.
Kirkpatrick put the Wolverines on the board in the second inning with a leadoff home run to left field for the 1-0 lead.
Michigan scored another two runs in the fifth inning to extend its lead to 3-0. With one out, sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) singled to left field to give Michigan its first baserunner of the inning. Chidester then singled to left field, sending Doyle to third, but she was waved home when the leftfielder misplayed the ball. After Doyle beat the play at home, Chidester was caught in a rundown to result in Michigan's second out of the inning. Two pitches later, Lane homered down the right-field line for the Wolverines' second run of the frame.
Indiana scored two runs in the sixth inning, forcing a pitching change for the Wolverines. With one out and one on, Driesenga got the first batter she faced to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to get Michigan out of the inning. The Hoosiers went down in order in the final inning, giving the Wolverines the 3-2 win.
Driesenga was charged the loss in the second contest of the day, pitching 2.2 innings and giving up three runs on four hits with two walks. The Wolverines out-hit the Hoosiers, 10-9, but left nine runners on base. Driesenga and sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) each tallied two hits and sophomore pinch hitter Taylor Hasselbach (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) went 1-for-1 with two runs batted in.
The Hoosiers struck first, drawing three consecutive bases-loaded walks in the third inning for a 3-0 lead.
The Maize and Blue got two runs back in the fifth inning, scoring two on a Hasselbach grounder that landed just fair in front of first base before rolling into the outfield in foul territory to trim IU's lead to 3-2.
After Michigan cut into the lead in the top of the fifth, Indiana answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning on a two-out, three-run home run for a 6-2 advantage. Indiana hit another home run in the next inning as its lead swelled to five at 7-2.
The Wolverines put two baserunners on in the seventh on consecutive singles by Doyle and Chidester, but a strikeout and a pop-up followed as Indiana took the second game of the doubleheader.
The Wolverines and Hoosiers conclude their series tomorrow (Sunday, April 1) with a game at 1 p.m.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734)763-4423