April 20, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #9 Michigan 5, Iowa 3
Records: U-M (37-7, 14-0 Big Ten), Iowa (24-17, 4-9 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 21 -- vs. Iowa - doubleheader (Wilpon Complex), Noon/3 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A four-run rally in the sixth inning, including a two-run pinch-hit single from freshman Kelsey Susalla (Garden City, Mich./Garden City), turned the game around for the No. 9-ranked University of Michigan softball team today (Saturday, April 20) in a 5-3 comeback win over the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Wilpon Complex.
Facing a 2-1 deficit going into the sixth, U-M loaded the bases on a walk to freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta),a single from junior Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield) and another walk to senior Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido).
Freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) poked a seeing-eye single back through the middle to score Romero and tie the game at two runs apiece. Susalla then came off the bench to bat with the bases still loaded and one out. She delivered a single up-the-middle that scored Blanchard and Lane.
U-M added an insurance run one batter later when sophomore Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) hit a sacrifice fly and give the Wolverines a 5-2 lead.
The Hawkeyes got one back in the top of the seventh, before sophomore Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modeno) retired the last batter on a swinging strikeout. The southpaw threw the final 3.2 innings of the game, striking out four without walking a batter to pick up her 14th win of the season.
Wagner came in to relieve starter sophomore Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville), who went 3.1 innings and finished with seven strikeouts but walked four.
In the top of the fifth, U-M turned an unusual double play. The Hawkeyes had runners on second and third and one out when the Iowa batter bunted. Blanchard fielded it along the first-base line and flipped it to Sweet, who put a swipe tag on the runner trying to score to get her out. Then Sweet fired a missile down to second, where centerfielder junior Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) was covering, and she tagged out the batter who had laid down the bunt. It went into the book as an unconventional 3-2-8 double play.
The Wolverines spotted the Hawkeyes a 1-0 lead in the first. Iowa added another run in the fourth. The Maize and Blue was hitless going into its half of the fourth, but Romero hit a solo home run to rightfield -- her 18th roundtripper of the season.
The Maize and Blue concludes the series tomorrow (Sunday, April 21) against Iowa with a doubleheader at the Wilpon Complex. Game one is scheduled to begin at noon, with game two scheduled for 3 p.m. The second game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423