April 18, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #12 Minnesota 1, #3 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (34-7, 12-1 B1G), Minnesota (33-6, 11-3 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 19 -- vs. Minnesota (Wilpon Complex), 7 p.m. [ Big Ten Network | Purchase Tickets ]
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan softball team dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 12 Minnesota on Friday (April 18) at the Wilpon Complex.
Junior pitcher Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) started for the Wolverines and pounded the strike zone, throwing 78 strikes to just 22 balls. She scattered eight hits over 5.2 innings but had one costly inning.
The Golden Gophers turned a hit batter, base hit and fielder's choice into the only run of the game in the top of the third inning. The run was the first time Michigan had been behind in a game since April 6, when Ohio State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second of that game -- a span of five games.
The Wolverines could not come up with a big hit, stranding six base runners. U-M had runners in scoring position in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings but could not push a run across.
The best scoring threat came in the fourth inning when a walk to sophomore Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and base hit from senior Taylor Hasselbach (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) put runners at second and third with one out. A flyout and groundout ended U-M's scoring threat.
In the bottom of the seventh, pinch runner Mary Sbonek (Southgate, Mich./Southgate Anderson) reached second base with one out, following a sacrifice bunt from junior Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville). But Sbonek was stranded on second, and U-M suffered its first loss in conference play.
Minnesota's pitching tandem of senior Sara Moulton and freshman Sara Groenewegan limited U-M to just three of hits, two of which belonged to Hasselbach.
Driesenga was solid in relief, coming on with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth and getting a bounce out to end the inning and keep the game 1-0.
Wagner and Driesenga combined for eight strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
The Wolverines and Golden Gophers will play game two of their three-game series on Saturday (April 19) at the Wilpon Complex. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. Tickets are available on site and through MGoBlue.com.
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