April 16, 2013
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Andy Mohr Field)
Score: #9 Michigan 7, Indiana 4 (9 innings); Game 2 cancelled
Records: U-M (36-7, 13-0 Big Ten), Indiana (19-24, 3-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 19 -- vs. Iowa (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan softball team outlasted Indiana and a one-hour rain delay to come up with three ninth-inning runs to win, 7-4, today (Tues., April 16) at Andy Mohr Field. Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to severe weather.
Junior Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) led off the top of the ninth with a scalding single up the middle. Then a heavy downpour caused the umpires to suspend the game for an hour.
Once the rain delay ended, U-M plated three runs to take the lead. Doyle scored on a single from freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta),and then junior Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco), who reached on an IU error, came around to score two pitches later on a knock from junior Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield).
The Maize and Blue capped the scoring on a base hit from freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian),her third hit of the game.
Sophomore Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) pitched the final 3.1 innings, striking out six.
Sophomore Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) started the scoring with a single through the right side in the top of the second, bringing Lawrence to the plate.
With two outs in the third, senior Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) started a mini rally, crushing a 3-2 pitch well beyond the leftfield wall -- her 11th home of the season and 40th of her career, placing her in a tie with former Wolverine Amanda Chidester (2009-12) for fifth all-time at U-M.
With the bases loaded following a hit and two walks, Sweet delivered two more runs with her second single of the game.
Sophomore Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modeno) escaped a big jam in the bottom of the fifth. IU put three runners on with base hits, before Wagner got IU's Amanda Wagner (.469 batting average) to pop out, and then struck out the next batter looking after an 11-pitch battle.
In the bottom of the sixth, IU scored four runs on five hits and one walk. Driesenga relieved Wagner with two outs, the bases loaded and U-M protecting a 4-2 lead. This time IU's Wagner plunked a single into center to score two runs and tie the game.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game two after two-and-a-half innings, before the game was called on account of severe weather moving into the area.
U-M extended its winning streak to 18 games, the best in the nation. The Maize and Blue has now won 13 Big Ten games in row, the best conference streak since 2010.
The Maize and Blue returns home for a three-game weekend set beginning Friday (April 19) with Iowa at the Wilpon Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. [ Tickets ]
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423