Maize & Blue Dominates Ohio State in Run-Rule Win for Series Sweep
Sierra Romero

April 7, 2013

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Site: Wilpon Complex (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Score: #12 U-M 17, Ohio State 5 (5 innings)
Records: U-M (31-8, 9-0 Big Ten), OSU (21-14, 3-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, April 9 -- vs. Western Michigan (Wilpon Complex), 4 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 12 University of Michigan softball team piled on eight runs in the first inning, fueled by eight walks, on its way to a 17-5 run-rule victory over Ohio State on Sunday (April 7) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. The win, which saw the Maize and Blue score in every inning, secured the three-game series sweep of the Buckeyes.

U-M's first seven batters walked, scoring three runs, and two more runs came on a passed ball. Freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) delivered U-M's only hit of the inning, a sharp single to right center. She eventually scored Michigan's eighth run of the inning on an OSU error, one of three in the inning.

The Maize and Blue bats provided the punch in the second inning, when seven hits led to six more runs. Sophomore Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) had a run batted in on a single and Lawrence scorched a double in the left-center gap to score U-M's 10th run.

Freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta) and junior Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield) came up with two-out singles to drive in one and two runs, respectively.

After two innings, U-M had sent 24 batters to the plate and scored 14 runs.

Sophomore Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modeno) pitched three innings, giving up two hits and two runs -- both unearned. The southpaw struck out two and did not walk a batter. The win is her 10th of the season.

Senior Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) led off the third with her second hit of the game and freshman Kelsey Susalla (Garden City, Mich./Garden City) followed with a pinch-hit single through the right side. They both came around to score on a Romero single.

Susalla doubled to left center in the fourth to knock one run in, U-M's 17th run of the game.

Freshman Alice Fitzpatrick (Union Grove, Wis./Union Grove) pitched the final two innings for the Wolverines. She yielded two hits and three runs -- one unearned -- in her first appearance since March 5 (Boston College).

The Wolverines return to action against Western Michigan on Tuesday (April 9) at the Wilpon Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423

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