Pitchers Keep Broncos Off the Board, Extend U-M's Win Streak
Sara Driesenga

April 8, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #5 Michigan 8, Western Michigan 0 (5 innings)
Records: U-M (30-6), WMU (11-24)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 11 -- vs. Michigan State (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior pitcher Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) and freshman pitcher Megan Betsa (McDonough, Ga./Union Grove) combined on a one-hit shutout to pace the University of Michigan softball team's 8-0, five-inning win over Western Michigan Tuesday (April 8) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. U-M's win streak now sits at 16 straight.

Driesenga started and went three innings, allowing just one baserunner on a two-out walk in the top of the first. She set down the Broncos in order in the second and third, exiting with one strikeout.

Betsa took over in the top of fourth and piled up four strikeouts in her two innings of work. Western's Jenny Rohn broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single in the fifth. But the righty came back with two strikeouts to end the inning and the game.

With tonight's win, U-M pitchers have tossed shutouts in six of the past eight games.

The Wolverines used a pair of doubles in the first inning to score three runs. Sophomore Sierra Lawrence (Snellville, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) laced a double into the right-center gap to score senior Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco). Lawrence batted in the cleanup spot for just the second time this season.

The next batter, senior Taylor Hasselbach (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston), continued her torrid hitting with a double that smacked off the rightfield wall, scoring two more runs. Hasselbach has 23 runs batted in during Michigan's 16-game win streak.

The Maize and Blue added three more in the second on a Sappingfield fielder's choice, a double from sophomore Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and Lawrence's second hit of the game.

Senior Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) salted the game away with a sharp two-run single into rightfield in the third, giving U-M the runs it needed for a run-rule decision.

Michigan is now 14-0 in run-rule decisions and 14-1 in shutouts.

The Maize and Blue will open up a three-game series against Michigan State on Friday (April 11) at the Wilpon Complex. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on 1290 AM WLBY and streamed on the Big Ten Digital Network. Tickets are available at MGoBlue.com/tickets.


• Michigan is now 45-9-1 all-time against Western Michigan. The last two games in the series have resulted in 8-0 Michigan wins in five innings at the Wilpon Complex.

• The Wolverines collected 10 or more hits for the 19th time this season and improved to 16-3 in such games.

Sara Driesenga lowered her earned run average to 0.33 (one earned run in 21.1 innings) during Michigan's 16-game win streak.

Lyndsay Doyle collected her 17th multi-hit game of the season, most on the team. She also collected her second multi-RBI game of the year.

• Doyle extended her hit streak to eight games, one shy of her season best.

Sierra Lawrence tallied her eighth multi-hit game and 12th multi-RBI. She has the second-most multi-RBI games on the team (Romero, 13).

• With Abby Ramirez getting the night off from starting, Lyndsay Doyle and Caitlin Blanchard are the only two Wolverines who have started all 36 games for Michigan.

Kelsey Susalla started at second base for the second time this season.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski

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