Offense Sputters in Loss to Western Michigan
Sara Driesenga

April 11, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Western Michigan 1, #20 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (27-11), WMU (18-12)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 14 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 1 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team managed just four hits and left eight runners on base in a 1-0 loss to Western Michigan on Wednesday evening (April 11) at the Wlipon Complex, home of Alumni Field.

Freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) was charged with the loss after pitching all 7.0 innings and giving up one run on five hits with two strikeouts. Sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) tallied two hits in the contest, with Driesenga and senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) accounting for the other two.

Driesenga led off the second with a double to the wall in left-center and senior third baseman Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield, Ill./Central) was hit by a pitch to give Michigan runners at first and second. The next three batters, however, popped up, flied out and struck out as the Wolverines were unable to capitalize.

Western finally broke through with a run in the sixth inning on a single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.

With two out in the seventh inning, Sappingfield hit a chopper to the shortstop for an infield single. Evans followed with a hard hit ball off the pitcher, reaching first base safely to keep Michigan's rally alive. Sophomore pinch hitter Mandy Gardner (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Aliso Niguel) had a full count before fouling out to the first baseman to end Michigan's attempt at the comeback.

Michigan is back in action on Saturday (April 14), traveling to East Lansing to take on Michigan State at 1 p.m.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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