U-M Breaks Out the Bats to Sweep Doubleheader at Ohio State
MGOBLUE Amy Knapp
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Amy Knapp
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April 7, 2012

• Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2
Notes & Quotes

Site: Columbus, Ohio (Buckeye Field)
Scores: #20 Michigan 11, Ohio State 4; #20 Michigan 6, Ohio State 5
Records: U-M (27-10, 8-1 Big Ten), OSU (23-14, 5-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, April 10 -- vs. Western Michigan (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team totaled a season-high 16 hits in an 11-4 win over Ohio State in the day's first game before taking a 6-4 decision in the second contest of a doubleheader on Saturday (April 7) at Buckeye Field. The two wins sealed Michigan's weekend sweep of OSU.

In the first game, freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) settled down after giving up three runs in the first inning to get the win, pitching 7.0 innings and giving up four runs on five hits. Sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) led the offense with a 4-for-4 showing and two runs batted in, while senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Seven Wolverines tallied a hit in the contest, with six going for at least two.

The Wolverines scored first, plating a run when senior third baseman Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield, Ill./Central) singled through the right side. Ohio State answered with three runs on three hits in its half of the opening frame for a 3-1 lead.

The Maize and Blue answered with a five-run second inning to regain the lead at 6-3. Driesenga led off the inning with a single, being lifted on the base path for junior pinch runner Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mich./Dakota). Following a successful sacrifice, Crummey scored on an Ohio State fielding error for Michigan's first run of the inning. Sappingfield singled up the middle and senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) drew a walk to load the bases. Chidester hit a bases-clearing double to the wall in left-center to increase U-M's lead to 5-3. Junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) blooped a single into right field, scoring Chidester from second as Michigan ended the inning with the 6-3 lead.

Junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) reached base on a fielder's choice in the third, stealing second and then advancing to third on a wild pitch. Knapp came home on a Sappingfield double as Michigan's lead grew to four runs at 7-3.

A single by Doyle and a Chidester walk, followed by Lane reaching base on an error loaded the bases for Michigan in the fourth inning. A passed ball by the Ohio State catcher allowed Doyle to score as Michigan's advantage swelled to 8-3.

Kirkpatrick led off the sixth with a double, scoring when Knapp singled through the right side. Knapp advanced to second on a grounder and took third on a wild pitch, coming across the plate on a Sappingfield single to complete the two-run inning to increase Michigan's lead to 10-3.

Driesenga did not allow another hit until the sixth inning, a double to left-center that plated run as Ohio State cut the U-M advantage to 10-4. Michigan pushed another run across in the top of the seventh to complete the scoring as Lane, who doubled earlier in the inning, scored from second when Driesenga's single was misplayed by the leftfielder.

Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) picked up the win in the day's second contest, pitching all 7.0 innings and giving up five runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Knapp went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Evans was 2-for-3 with an RBI as Michigan totaled six hits in the contest.

U-M scored four runs on just one hit in the first inning, as Michigan loaded the bases on three walks. Driesenga drew the fourth walk of the inning, sending U-M's first run across the plate. Knapp followed with a bases-clearing double as the Wolverines left the top of the first with a 4-0 lead.

Ohio State responded with four runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning, pushing all four across on a grand slam down the right-field line.

Evans led off the second with a double, advancing to third on a sacrifice. After Chidester fouled out, Lane reached base when the third baseman mishandled her chopper and allowed Evans to score from third.

Michigan scored its final run of the contest in the third inning as Knapp led off with a single and advanced to second when Sappingfield drew a walk. Evans singled up the middle and Knapp slid around the tag at the plate as Michigan went on top, 6-4.

Ohio State took advantage of two Wolverine errors in the fifth to score a run and cut the lead to 6-5. With the Buckeyes threatening again in the sixth inning with runners at first and second, Sappingfield's diving catch in left field provided the final out of the frame to get Michigan out of the jam.

U-M had a runner on third in the seventh but could not score any insurance runs, giving Ohio State one more chance in the bottom half of the inning. OSU went down in order in the bottom, sealing Michigan's weekend sweep.

The Wolverines host Western Michigan on Tuesday (April 10) at 6 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex.



N O T E S

• The Wolverines lead the all-time series against Ohio State, 78-20.

• Michigan's 16 hits in the first contest was a season high. The previous high had been 13, coming against Penn State (March 25) and Bowling Green (March 28).

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