Eight-Run First, Wagner's Shutout Lift U-M Past WMU in Five
Nicole Sappingfield

April 9, 2013

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Site: Wilpon Complex (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Score: #12 Michigan 8, Western Michigan 0 (5 innings)
Records: U-M (32-7), WMU (11-21)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, April 10 -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Wilpon Complex) at 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- An 11-hit attack, eight-run first, and a six-strikeout performance from sophomore Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modeno) carried the No. 12-ranked University of Michigan softball team to an 8-0 win in five innings over Western Michigan today (Tuesday, April 9) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.

The Wolverine offense poured it on in the first inning, sending 14 batters to the dish and scoring eight times on seven hits. Junior Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield) had two hits in the first frame, including a double down the leftfield line, and three runs batted in. Senior Ashley Lane (Esondido, Calif./Escondido) also collected a pair of base hits and stole her fifth base of the season.

With Lane on second, senior Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) sliced a ball into the left-center gap and sprinted to a triple, her third of the season. Lane scored on the play giving U-M an early 3-0 advantage.

Batting from the nine spot for the first time this season junior Lyndsay Doyle (Channohon, Ill./Minooka Community) kept the scoring going by knocking a single back through the middle to plate one run. She was followed by junior Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) who hit a high chopper through the left side that drove in two. Blanchard brought Doyle and Sappingfield around to score with a sharp single into right field.

The Wolverines scored five of their eight first inning runs with two outs. It marked the second game in a row that U-M batted around in the first inning. The Maize and Blue picked up four more hits in the game, including Knapp's second and Blanchard's third, but did not score after the first inning.

In the circle, Wagner threw a high percentage of strikes, 62 out of 81 pitches. She scattered three hits over five innings, but found herself in trouble in the top of the second when the first three Broncos reached on a hit, error and hit-by-pitch. The southpaw got out of the inning unscathed with a strikeout, a force out at home and another strikeout.

The sophomore earned her 11th win of 2013. The shutout is her second of the season and the eighth for the Wolverines. Wagner did not walk a batter, the sixth time this year she has accomplished that.

The Wolverines continue their current home stand against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday (April 10) at the Wilpon Complex at 6 p.m.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423

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