April 22, 2012
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Jane Sage Cowles Stadium)
Score: #20 Michigan 5, Minnesota 3 (10 innings)
Records: U-M (32-13, 12-3 Big Ten), Minnesota (28-16, 7-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 28 -- DH vs. Illinois (Wilpon Complex), 3:30 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) went the distance in the circle and hit a go-ahead home run in the 10th inning as the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team defeated Minnesota, 5-3 in 10 innings, on Sunday afternoon (April 22) at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.
Wagner picked up her 23rd win of the season, pitching 10.0 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, and striking out seven. The Wolverines totaled 12 hits in the game, led by a 3-for-6 performance by senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) and two-hit games by freshman catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) and junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore).
The Golden Gophers jumped out to a quick lead, putting two runners on base on a walk and single before Kari Dorle hit a three-run home run in the first inning to stake Minnesota a 3-0 lead.
Powered by four hits in the third frame, U-M tied the game at 3-3. Senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) led off with a single through the left side before freshman designated player Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) knocked one off the wall in rightfield to give Michigan runners on the corners. Wagner drew a walk to load the bases, and a fielder's choice to shortstop from Knapp plated Michigan's first run of the contest. Sweet singled to rightfield for another run, and Michigan evened the score when sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) singled to second base.
The teams traded scoreless innings to force the game to extra innings. In the eighth, Evans singled up the middle and Sweet tried to score from second base but was thrown out at the plate. In Minnesota's half of the inning, Wagner walked the first batter she faced before striking out the next. A popout to second base followed by another strikeout sent the teams to the ninth inning.
In the ninth, Driesenga drew a two-out walk, but Lane followed by flying out to centerfield to bring the Golden Gophers to bat. Minnesota put two runners on with just one out on an error and a fielder's choice in the ninth. Facing a 2-1 count, Gopher centerfielder Bree Blanchette drove a pitch down the line and off the wall in left, but it was called foul. She struck out on the ensuing pitch, and Wagner got the next batter to fly out to left to end the threat.
Wagner led off the 10th inning with a line-drive homer to left-centerfield, putting the Wolverines on top at 4-3. Knapp followed with a walk and was sacrificed to second base. After Knapp moved to third, Evans' run-scoring single to the shortstop increased U-M's lead to 5-3.
Minnesota put two runners on base in the 10th, but Wagner struck out the last batter.
The Wolverines are back in action on Saturday (April 28), hosting Illinois in a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex.
N O T E S
Michigan leads the all-time series with Minnesota, 75-25.
Today's contest was the first extra-inning game for Michigan this season, and the game was 3:05 in duration, the longest game for U-M this season.
Freshman DP/RHP Sara Driesenga hit from the No. 4 spot for the first time in her career. It is the first time since March 3 that Ashley Lane has not batted cleanup. Lane has appeared as the No. 4 batter in 33 of Michigan's 45 contests.
The Wolverines turned a 6-4-3 double play in the second inning, their 12th of the season.
Lauren Sweet picked off a runner at first base, her fourth pickoff of the year.
Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner hit her second home run of the year and first since March 2 against Auburn. In both contests, her home run proved to be the winning run.
Bree Evans and Nicole Sappingfield each set new career highs with six at-bats, and Haylie Wagner set a new career best with 10.0 innings pitched.
U-M set a new season high with 30 putouts. The previous high was 21, which was accomplished 27 times.
Today's announced attendance of 1,028 is a stadium record.
Sophomore pinch runner Brandi Virgil scored her first run of the season and 13th of her career.
Michigan recorded its 12th Big Ten win of the season with today's victory. Since Carol Hutchins took over in 1985, U-M has always reached the 12-win plateau in conference action.
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