April 16, 2014
Site: Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Margo Jonker Stadium)
Score: #3 Michigan 11, Central Michigan 0 (5 inn.)
Records: U-M (34-6), CMU (26-13)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 18 -- vs. Minnesota (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m. [ Tickets ]
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Sophomore Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) drove in five runs on a home run and a triple in the No. 3-ranked University of Michigan softball team's 11-0, five-inning win at Central Michigan on Wednesday afternoon (April 16) at Margo Jonker Stadium.
The victory extends Michigan's win streak to 20 games, the sixth time in program history the Wolverines have won at least 20 in a row.
Romero pummeled the first pitch she saw in the first inning over the left-center wall, scoring Michigan's first two runs of the game. In Romero's second inning at-bat, a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded forced in another run.
The sophomore slugged a triple off the wall in right field in the fifth inning, scoring two more runs.
Freshman Kelly Christner (Tinley Park, Ill./Victor J. Andrew) blasted a solo home run in the second, and sophomore Sierra Lawrence (Snellville, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) smacked a three-run homer in the fourth.
Michigan scored in every inning except for the third. The Wolverines piled up 11 hits, marking the 23rd time they have collected 10 or more in 40 games this season.
In the circle, the pitching duo of starter Megan Betsa (McDonough, Ga./Union Grove) and reliever Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) kept the Chippewas off the scoreboard for U-M's third straight shutout and seventh in its last 10 games.
Betsa tossed the first three innings, giving up just one hit and no walks. She struck out three batters and earned her 10th win of the season. Driesenga pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning before finding a little trouble in the fifth when CMU loaded the bases with two outs. The righty got the last batter of the game on a strikeout.
The Wolverines will open a three-game set against No. 12 Minnesota on Friday (April 18) at the Wilpon Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the game will be streamed on the Big Ten Digital Network. Tickets are available through MGoBlue.com.
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