April 14, 2012
N O T E S
Michigan leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 74-27.
Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner recorded her first at-bat since March 16 against Arizona State and her first hit since March 3 against Virginia.
Amanda Chidester was intentionally walked twice in today's contest. She has been intentionally walked four times this season.
Caitlin Blanchard made her first appearance since March 2 against UCLA. She was used as a pinch hitter.
Haylie Wagner recorded her 20th win in today's contest.
Michigan's eight-run fifth inning marks the second time this season the Wolverines have plated eight runs in an inning. U-M scored eight in the third inning against EMU on March 21.
Lauren Sweet hit her fifth home run of the season, which is the third-highest total on the team.
This is the second straight 8-0 win for Michigan at Michigan State. U-M no-hit the Spartans last season on May 14, 2011.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On using Haylie Wagner as a hitter ... "She has been hitting well in practice and is a great hitter. I expect her to be in our lineup. She is going to be a hitter for us, and I wanted to put someone in there who can hit it out of the infield. The way I set up my lineup allowed me the flexibility to use Haylie in that spot."
On bouncing back from Wednesday's loss to Western Michigan ... "I thought the first four and a half innings looked just like Wednesday. We were not commanding the zone at the plate. We looked like we weren't focused in. It took us getting a few runs on the board to get a little more confidence and get us going. We took some better cuts after that."
On the atmosphere at practice and in today's game ... "We talked a lot on Thursday. We were doing things in that game that we don't normally do in practice. I told them to do what you do in practice. I reminded them about that today before the fifth inning. They were swinging at pitches that they don't normally swing at in practice. If the pitcher is not throwing strikes and throwing it over the plate, don't swing at it. We had them get on the plate a little more and hit hittables. That got things turned around a bit."