April 5, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #5 Michigan 1, Ohio State 0
Records: U-M (27-6, 7-0), OSU (17-16, 5-2)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 6 -- vs. Ohio State - Doubleheader (Wilpon Complex), 1 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior pitcher Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) hurled a complete-game shutout against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday (April 5), leading the No. 5-ranked University of Michigan softball team to 1-0 win at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
The southpaw sparkled in her sixth shutout of the season, holding the Buckeyes to two hits. Ohio State did not register a hit until the fifth inning and had only four baserunners all game.
Jayla Saibene led off the top of the fifth with a double, the first OSU hit and first baserunner to reach scoring position. Her presence did not phase Wagner, as the lefty went on to get the next three outs in a row on a strikeout, groundout, and then she caught a liner in the circle to end the inning.
The Buckeyes managed their only other threat of the game in the seventh when a leadoff single and passed ball put pinch runner Melanie Iacoangeli on second base. Sophomore Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) then turned in the defensive highlight of the game. She snared a soft liner on her glove side and then applied a sweep tag on Iacoangeli, who had ranged too far from second base, all in one motion to end any thoughts of a rally.
Romero scored the only run of the game in the first inning. She reached on a two-out walk -- one of two free passes for the sophomore in the game -- and then stole second base. Senior Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield) then delivered a two-out single through the right side. The throw home from right field got there in time, but Romero got past the catcher with a deft slide.
Wagner made the one run stand up. She struck out seven while walking two. She improved her record to a perfect 18-0.
The Wolverines and Buckeyes will square off in a doubleheader on Sunday (April 6) at the Wilpon Complex beginning at 1 p.m. Tickets will not be sold online, but will be available at the gates.
The Michigan Softball Academy will hold a kickoff event prior to the doubleheader, and there will be a meet and greet with players and coaches following the games in Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. Both games will be carried live on 1290 AM WLBY, and game one will be streamed on the Big Ten Digital Network.
N O T E S
Michigan is 3-0 in 1-0 games and 4-0 in one-run games.
Caitlin Blanchard picked up her ninth two-out RBI.
Lyndsay Doyle collected two hits, giving her 15 multi-hit games on the season, most on the team.
Haylie Wagner has been hit nine times in 36 plate appearances.
Wagner has pitched 29.2 innings in Big Ten Conference play while yielding only four runs. She now has three shutouts against Big Ten foes (Indiana, Penn State, Ohio State).
Brandi Virgil stole her second base of the year, tying a career high she last achieved as a sophomore in 2012.
Q U O T E S
U-M Junior Pitcher Haylie Wagner
On how she prepared to face Ohio State ... "Ohio State is always great competition, and I just went in there today focused on doing my part. This past week I talked with Hutch about it, and I'm just focused on doing my part to help Michigan win. That was my main goal for today. I went out there and I felt comfortable and trusted my defense, and it went well."
On how she kept the OSU hitters off-balance ... "I was hitting my spots and getting good spin on the ball. I worked on that all week in practice. I think it worked really well today. I was also mixing up my speeds and mixing up the levels of each pitch."
On her propensity for getting hit by pitches ... "That's my role, is to get on base any way possible. I'm a ball magnet, apparently. As long as I'm on base and getting on base, I know everybody in the lineup can score us runs. I got hit a lot as a junior in high school, too. I got hit four times in one game."
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