April 1, 2012
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (IU Softball Field)
Score: #20 Michigan 7, Indiana 2
Records: U-M (24-10, 5-1 Big Ten), IU (17-17, 2-4 Big Ten )
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 6 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 5:30 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) batted in the first four runs of the contest on a single and a three-run home run as the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team took the final contest of a three-game series, 7-2, over Indiana on Sunday afternoon (April 1) at the IU Softball Field.
The Maize and Blue totaled 11 hits on the afternoon, using a 3-for-4 performance and a run batted in for sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) and a four-RBI showing from Lane, who went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run. Senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) also hit a home run in the contest, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) won her 17th game of the season, throwing all 7.0 innings and giving up two unearned runs on six hits.
The Wolverines put a run up in the first inning, using a one-out double from Doyle, who then advanced to third on a passed ball. Chidester followed with a walk to put runners on the corners for Lane, who singled through the right side for Michigan's first run of the contest.
In an inning that was strikingly similar to the first, Michigan scored three runs in the third on a Lane roundtripper. Doyle singled to lead off the inning and Chidester was hit by a pitch as the Wolverines had two baserunners with nobody out. Lane then hit a home run to centerfield, extending the Maize and Blue's lead to 4-0.
In the fourth, sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) singled to center with one out and moved to second on a groundout. The sophomore stole third during Doyle's at-bat, beating the tag on a slide around the bag. Doyle recorded her third hit of the day, singling to left-center to push the Michigan advantage to 5-0.
Indiana plated two runs in the fifth, taking advantage of a Michigan error and a double down the rightfield line to trim the Wolverines' lead to three at 5-2.
The Wolverines got a run back in the next inning when Chidester belted a solo home run off the scoreboard in left-center as Michigan regained a four-run lead, 6-2. U-M pushed another run across in the seventh inning.
The Hoosiers went down on three pitches in the seventh, preserving Michigan's 7-2 win.
The Wolverines are back in action on Friday (April 6), taking on Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. The 5:30 p.m. contest will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.
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