April 17, 2012
Site: Mount Pleasant, Mich. (Margo Jonker Stadium)
Score: #20 Michigan 10, Central Michigan 2 (6 innings)
Records: U-M (31-11), CMU (20-19)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 21 -- at Minnesota - doubleheader (Minneapolis, Minn.), Noon CDT
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team used a nine-run sixth inning to rally for a 10-2 win in six innings at Central Michigan on a chilly Tuesday afternoon (April 17) at Margo Jonker Stadium.
Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) picked up the win in relief, throwing 3.0 innings and allowing one run on five hits with four strikeouts. Offensively, Michigan did not have a baserunner until the fourth inning when sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) singled. U-M finished with 10 hits in the game, led by Sappingfield's 3-for-4 performance and a two-hit contest by sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community).
The Chippewas were the first team to strike, scoring a run in the third inning on a solo shot to right-centerfield for a 1-0 lead.
Michigan answered in the fourth inning with a run, as Sappingfield singled to left field for Michigan's first hit of the contest. Senior first baseman Amanda Chidester's (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) grounder was mishandled by the CMU third baseman, giving junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) runners at first and second. She hit a chopper up the middle to score Sappingfield from second for the tying run.
Michigan brought 14 batters to the plate in a nine-run sixth inning, as the Wolverines totaled eight hits in the frame. Doyle led off with a single to the shortstop, scoring when Chidester smacked a double to right-center. Lane knocked in another run on a fielder's choice to the shortstop as Sappingfield was called safe at home on interference by the catcher.
Freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) doubled over the centerfielder's head for another two runs as Michigan's lead grew to 5-1. Junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) doubled as two more runners crossed home plate to force a CMU pitching change. Freshman catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) followed with a single, and on a double-steal attempt, Knapp crossed the plate when the catcher's throw hit her helmet, allowing her make it home for an 8-1 advantage.
Sappingfield singled for another run, before Chidester's fielder's choice to the shortstop accounted for Michigan's ninth tally of the game. Michigan completed its nine-run inning when Lane's groundout to the third baseman plated Doyle from third for a 10-1 lead.
CMU scored a run in the bottom half of the inning but could get no closer as Michigan took the 10-2, six-inning victory.
Michigan returns to Big Ten action this weekend (April 21-22), traveling to Minnesota for a three-game series. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday (April 21) at 1 p.m. CDT, with the series finale slated for Sunday (April 22) at 1 p.m. CDT.
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