April 11, 2010
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Jane Sage Cowles Stadium)
Scores: #2 Michigan 10, Minnesota 0 (5 innings)
Records: U-M (30-5, 7-0 Big Ten), Minnesota (15-25, 1-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, April 14 -- vs. Central Michigan (Wilpon Softball Complex), 6 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team used a variety of ways to score, completing the series sweep at Minnesota in 10-0, five-inning dominant fashion on Sunday afternoon (April 11) at the Golden Gophers' Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The win marked the Wolverines' sixth run-rule decision in eight games.
Senior LHP Nikki Nemitz (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Regina HS) secured her 10th consecutive victory, striking out four en route to the complete-game one-hitter. She improved to 13-3 on the season.
Nemitz and senior third baseman Maggie Viefhaus (Eureka, Mo./Eureka HS) paced the Wolverines from the plate with a pair of two-hit performances, while junior first baseman Dorian Shaw (Burke, Va./Robinson SS) shrugged off strikeouts in her first three at-bats to go long for three runs in the fifth and extend her hitting streak to a career-long nine games.
Senior catcher Roya St. Clair (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson HS) continued her recent momentum at the plate, driving in the Wolverines' initial -- and game-winning -- tally in the opening frame. The Wolverine catcher fouled off three, including one off senior rightfielder Angela Findlay (Lockport, Ill./East HS) at third base, before blooping a run-scoring single into shallow leftfield.
With the lead in tow, Michigan surged with three runs apiece in the second and third innings. Nemitz kicked off the former frame, roping a base hit into rightfield, and after a pair of outs, sophomore centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto HS) drove in her pinch runner -- freshman Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mich./Dakota HS) -- on a line-drive double off the leftfield wall. Viefhaus responded in kind two batters later, following a dropped flyball with a run-scoring double -- her second two-bagger of the game -- off the wall in rightfield.
The Wolverines took advantage of a pair of Minnesota bases-loaded errors to pad their advantage to seven runs in the third inning. With one down, Gopher pitcher Alissa Koch put three runners on base on 11 pitches, hitting sophomore second baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini HS) before issuing back-to-back walks. Evans drilled a hard grounder to the second baseman, who could not keep her glove on it, allowing Nemitz and senior leftfielder Kristin Larsen (Orion, Mich./Lake Orion HS) to score. Findlay went the other direction two pitches later, smacking a grounder to in and out of the shortstop's glove to add one more unearned run.
Shaw pushed the Wolverines in run-rule territory with a three-run shot in the fifth. With junior pinch hitter Marley Powers (Owosso, Mich./Owosso HS) and Viefhaus on base after a hit-by-pitch and subsequent walk, the Wolverine first baseman got a hold of the 0-2 pitch and tower it high over the leftfield wall for her 13th long ball of the season.
The Wolverines will kick off a five-game homestand on Wednesday (April 14), hosting intrastate rival Central Michigan for a 6 p.m. non-conference slate at the Wilpon Softball Complex, home of Alumni Field.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423