April 12, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #12 Michigan 21, Michigan State 2 (5 innings)
Records: U-M (33-7, 10-0 Big Ten), MSU (21-15, 7-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 13 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 1 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan softball team unleashed a six-home run monsoon against Michigan State today (Friday, April 12) to win 21-2 in five innings at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
The 21 runs marked a season best for the Wolverines and the most ever against MSU (13 on May 12, 2006). The Wolverines extended their winning streak to 15 games and home win streak to nine games.
The Spartans started the scoring in the top of the first, but U-M turned that into a distant memory with a six-run second inning and 13-run third inning.
U-M pushed one run across in the bottom of the second before freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) bashed a grand slam to take a 5-1 lead. It was Romero's second grand slam of the season. Senior Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) plated the sixth U-M run of the inning on a single up the middle, her second hit of the inning.
The Wolverines were relentless in the bottom of the third, scoring 13 runs and hitting four home runs. Sophomore Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) started the inning with her fourth home run of the season. Later in the inning with two runners on, the Spartans walked Romero to load the bases. One batter later, senior Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) delivered two runs batted in on a single.
Lane was the first of seven straight Wolverines to reach base, including junior Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community), who hit her first career home run, knocking in three runs.
With two outs freshman Kelsey Susalla (Garden City, Mich./Garden City) and junior Taylor Hasselbach (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) hit back-to-back pinch-hit home runs. Susalla's blast cleared the grandstand in rightfield, and Hasselbach's homer reached the baseball field in dead centerfield. The roundtrippers marked the fourth back-to-back home runs for the Wolverines this season and the first time in pinch hitting situations.
After three innings the Maize and Blue held a 19-1 advantage on the Spartans, the most runs scored this season.
In the fourth inning the Wolverines added two more runs on the first career home run by junior Katie Luetkens (Batavia, Ill./Batavia). Luetkens' blast into the rightfield grandstands was the sixth for U-M, a season high, and pushed the squad over 20 runs for the first time since 2000 (20-1 win vs. Kent on March 26).
Sophomore Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modeno) was the beneficiary of all the runs. She pitched four innings, striking out five and giving up just one run on two hits. She picked up her 12th win of the season. Freshman Alice Fitzpatrick (Union Grove, Wis./Union Grove) pitched the fifth and final inning.
The Wolverines will continue their series with Michigan State on Saturday (April 13) at 1 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423