Eight-Run Fifth Inning Lifts Wolverines Past Michigan State
Lauren Sweet

April 14, 2012

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Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Secchia Stadium)
Score: #20 Michigan 8, Michigan State 5 (5 innings)
Records: U-M (28-11, 9-1 Big Ten), MSU (11-28, 0-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 15 -- vs. Michigan State - doubleheader (Wilpon Complex), 1 p.m.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Powered by an eight-run fifth inning, the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team shut out Michigan State, 8-0 in five innings, on Saturday afternoon (April 14) at Secchia Stadium.

Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) got the shutout win in 5.0 innings, allowing just two hits with no walks and two strikeouts. The Michigan offense totaled eight hits on the afternoon, led by a two-hit performance from senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto), as six different Wolverines tallied a hit in the contest. Freshman catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) went 1-for-3 with three runs batted in on a home run and junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) was 1-for-3 with two RBI.

The Maize and Blue strung together an eight-run fifth inning, scoring six of the runs with two outs. With runners on second and third, Wagner singled through the left side to plate Michigan's first two runs of the contest. After senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) was intentionally walked for the second time in the contest, junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) doubled over the rightfielder's head for another run.

With Lane on second, freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) was hit by a pitch and sophomore pinch hitter Taylor Hasselbach (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) drew a walk to load the bases for Knapp. The junior singled in two Wolverines as Michigan's lead grew to 5-0. Sweet came to the plate with runners at the corners and bashed a three-run roundtripper to straightaway center to complete U-M's eight-run inning.

Michigan State went down in order in its half of the fifth as the Wolverines came away with the run-rule victory.

The Wolverines return home tomorrow (Sunday, April 15) to host the Spartans in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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