Seventh-Inning Outburst Guides Wolverines to Sweep of MSU

April 13, 2014

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Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Secchia Stadium)
Score: #5 Michigan 14, Michigan State 0
Records: U-M (33-6, 12-0 B1G), MSU (9-28, 2-12 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, April 16 -- at Central Michigan (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.), 4 p.m.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Pitchers Megan Betsa (McDonough, Ga./Union Grove) and Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) combined on a five-hit shutout Sunday (April 13) and were backstopped by a 14-run outburst -- including a 10-run seventh inning -- in a 14-0 win in the series finale against Michigan State at Secchia Stadium.

In the three-game series with the Spartans, Wagner, Betsa and junior Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) yielded just one run on 13 hits across 17 innings.

In 12 Big Ten games, the U-M pitching staff has an earned-run average of 0.91, and opponents are hitting only .186.

Betsa tossed six innings, striking out four. She was most effective in the fourth inning, when it took just six pitches to set down the Spartans in order.

The game was tight for the first six innings. Sophomore Sierra Lawrence (Snellville, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) popped a three-run homer on a 1-2 pitch to get Michigan's offense going in the third, and U-M added a fourth run on a MSU error in the fifth.

The floodgates opened in the seventh when the Maize and Blue scored 10 runs on nine hits and two Michigan State errors. Junior Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) and freshman Lindsay Montemarano (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) hit back-to-back home runs. Later in the inning, following a MSU error that extended the frame, Driesenga hit a pinch-hit grand slam.

Sweet and freshman Kelly Christner (Tinley Park, Ill./Victor J. Andrew) each had two hits in the seventh inning. Lawrence and fellow sophomore Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) each added run-scoring singles.

Wagner closed the game out, throwing one inning of relief. Betsa earned her ninth win of the season (9-3), and Michigan extended its winning streak to 19 games.

The Maize and Blue will stay on the road for a single game against Central Michigan on Wednesday (April 16) in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (mkasibor@umich.edu)