April 15, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Scores: #20 Michigan 2, Michigan State 0; #20 Michigan 5, Michigan State 0
Records: U-M (30-11, 11-1 Big Ten), MSU (11-30, 0-12 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, April 17 -- at Central Michigan (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), 3 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team used stellar pitching from the freshman duo of RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) and LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) to record a pair of shutout victories, 2-0 and 5-0, against Michigan State on Sunday (April 15) in front of 2,631 fans at the Wilpon Complex.
Driesenga recorded the win in the first game, throwing 5.1 scoreless innings and giving up six hits and striking out two. Wagner earned her second save of the season in relief, throwing 1.2 innings, allowing zero hits and striking out one. U-M totaled nine hits in the contest, led by a 3-for-4 performance by senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) and a 2-for-3 showing with a run batted in by Driesenga. Junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) accounted for Michigan's other run, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
U-M scored a run in the first inning when Lane singled up the middle to score sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community), who walked and stole second to move into scoring position.
The Wolverines extended their lead to 2-0 with another score in the third inning when Driesenga singled to right field to plate Chidester from second.
Neither team was able to push a run across the rest of the contest as Michigan took the 2-0 victory.
In the day's second game, Wagner went the distance in the 5-0 shutout, throwing all 7.0 innings while giving up just two hits and striking out five. The Wolverines went for 10 hits, including a pair of sixth-inning home runs -- from Driesenga and freshman catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago). Chidester, junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) and senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) each tallied two hits in the game.
Michigan struck with a two-run fourth inning when Knapp hit a line drive to rightfield, scoring Chidester and Lane, who each reached on singles and advanced on Driesenga's second successful sacrifice of the game.
Driesenga led off the sixth inning with a home run for Michigan's third run of the game, knocking one out to the grandstands in rightfield. Knapp doubled down the rightfield line before Sweet hit a home run to rightfield to increase Michigan's lead to 5-0.
The Spartans led off the seventh with a hit but could not advance the runner as the next three batters went down to seal Michigan's third shutout of the weekend.
Michigan returns to non-conference action on Tuesday (April 17), traveling to Mount Pleasant to take on Central Michigan at 3 p.m.
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