April 6, 2012
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Buckeye Field)
Score: #20 Michigan 10, Ohio State 2
Records: U-M (25-10, 6-1 Big Ten), OSU (23-12, 5-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 7 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 2 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After falling behind 2-0, the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team scored 10 unanswered runs to defeat Ohio State, 10-2, on Friday night (April 6) at Buckeye Field. Michigan tied a season-high with four home runs.
The Wolverine offense totaled 10 hits on the contest, with freshman designated player Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) going 2-for-4 with two home runs and junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) turning in a 2-for-3 showing with four runs batted in. Freshman catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) accounted for three runs with a three-run home run. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) went the distance in the circle for her 18th win, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out 10.
Ohio State struck first as reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Alicia Herron hit a two-run homer off the foul pole in right for a fast 2-0 OSU lead.
Michigan got a run back in the second inning as Driesenga led off the frame with a solo shot down the right-field line.
The Wolverines erupted for five runs in the third inning on five hits and an error by Ohio State. Senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) was hit by a pitch after falling in an 0-2 hole, coming home when Lane doubled down the left-field line to tie the game at 2-2. Lane crossed home when senior third baseman Stephanie Kirkpatrick's (Plainfield, Ill./Central) sacrifice bunt was fielded by the pitcher and thrown over the first baseman's head. Junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) followed with a single and Sweet homered to right-center for three more runs as the Maize and Blue took a 6-2 lead.
Michigan plated another three runs in the fourth inning, all coming on Lane's home run to left field. Sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) led off the inning with a single, followed by Chidester ripping a double down the left-field line. Lane fell behind in the count at 0-2 before homering over the wall in left field on the 12th pitch of the at-bat. After a pitching change, OSU recorded three consecutive outs as the Wolverines left the inning with a 9-2 lead.
Driesenga led off the seventh frame with her second home run of the game, hitting a towering shot over the left-field wall to up the Wolverines' lead to 10-2. Ohio State went down in order in the bottom of the inning to preserve the Michigan victory.
The Wolverines and Buckeyes will wrap up the series tomorrow (Saturday, April 7) with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.
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