April 14, 2010
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Softball Complex)
Score: #2 Michigan 8, Central Michigan 0 (5 inn.)
Records: U-M (31-5), Central Michigan (17-13)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 17 -- vs. Northwestern (Wilpon Softball Complex), 6 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Exploding for six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team rolled to an 8-0, five-inning decision against intrastate rival Central Michigan on Wednesday evening (April 14) in front of 1,309 fans at the Wilpon Softball Complex, home of Alumni Field. The run-rule decision was the Wolverines' fourth in a row and sixth in the last seven games.
Freshman RHP Stephanie Speierman (Columbia, Md./Hammond HS) went the distance in her first collegiate start, striking out three Chippewa batters while allowing just one hit and a walk. She improved to 2-0 on the season.
Michigan produced just four hits -- its lowest tally in 10 games -- but accepted a season-high nine walks to key its offensive surges. Junior first baseman Dorian Shaw (Burke, Va./Robinson SS) extended her career-long hitting streak to 10 games with her 14th home run of the season, headlining the Wolverines' big fifth inning with a three-run bomb. Senior shortstop Molly Bausher (Las Vegas, Nev./Spring Valley HS) capped the frame with a game-ending, two-run double.
After CMU pitcher Kari Seddon walked the bases loaded in the first inning, sophomore second baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini HS) provided Michigan the only advantage it needed, shrugging off a two-game hitless streak with a two-run liner back up the middle.
A one-out walk spoiled Speierman's perfect-game bid in the fourth and the Wolverine rookie lost her no-hitter in the top of the fifth when second baseman Brittani Merchant sent a one-hopper down the third baseline. Senior third baseman Maggie Viefhaus (Eureka, Mo./Eureka HS) stretched to reel it in but could not make the throw to first in time.
Senior catcher Roya St. Clair (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson HS) initiated the Wolverines' fifth-inning attack with one out and runners on first and second, roping a line-drive RBI double to leftfield. The CMU outfielder misjudged the ball off the bat, taking several steps forward as the ball zipped past her to the wall and allowed sophomore centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto HS) to score from second base.
Shaw connected with the 2-1 pitch in the next at-bat, clanging her three-run blast off the top of the new scoreboard -- down the leftfield line -- for her second home run in as many games. The Chippewas followed with three consecutive walks to load the bases for Bausher, who doubled the first pitch off the wall in right centerfield to push U-M into run-rule territory and bring an immediate end to the game.
The Wolverines will resume Big Ten Conference play this weekend, hosting rival Northwestern for a two-game series at the Wilpon Softball Complex, home of Alumni Field. U-M will face the Wildcats at 6 p.m. on Saturday (April 17) and 3 p.m. on Sunday (April 18); both games will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423