April 23, 2014
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Softball Complex)
Scores: Purdue 3, #4 Michigan 2; #4 Michigan 11, Purdue 0 (6 inn.)
Records: U-M (37-8, 15-2 B1G), Purdue (25-22-1, 12-5 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 25 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 7 p.m. CDT (TV: Big Ten Network)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan softball blanked Purdue, 11-0, in six innings in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday (April 23) behind the arm of freshman pitcher Megan Betsa (McDonough, Ga./Union Grove) after falling in the first game, 3-2, at the Boilermaker Softball Complex.
In game two, the Wolverine offense took just three batters to score in the first inning when sophomore Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) blasted a two-run shot. The homer is Romero's 13th of the season.
The Maize and Blue never looked back, scoring nine more times. In the second, U-M plated three runs on two walks, two Purdue errors and a single from senior Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community).
With a 6-0 lead in the fifth, sophomore Sierra Lawrence (Snellville, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) and junior Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) hit back-to-back doubles to make it a 7-0 game.
Meanwhile, Betsa was keeping the Boilermakers off-balance and escaped a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the third with a high heater that Ashley Burkhardt could not catch up to.
The righty scattered five hits and four walks over six innings, tossing her fifth shutout of the season.
Michigan scored four more runs in the top of the sixth, helped along by hits from Romero and freshman Kelly Christner (Tinley Park, Ill./Victor J. Andrew),a sac fly from Lawrence and two more Purdue errors.
U-M dropped the opener in the doubleheader, 3-2, missing out on a pair of bases-loaded opportunities in the game. Purdue took a 2-0 lead in the first when it piled up three straight two-out hits off starter Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) and never trailed in the game.
The Wolverines got one run back in the next inning on a run-scoring single from freshman Lindsay Montemarano (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford). Montemarano went 2-for-2 with a walk in game one.
Purdue scored its third run in the third on a double from Burkhardt and then was held down by Driesenga in relief over the next three innings.
U-M's offense could not capitalize in the fifth when it loaded the bases on two walks and a hit. Purdue's Ashley Monchek made a diving catch on a fly ball from senior Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield) to end the inning.
Following a solo homer from junior Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) that cut into the Boilermakers' lead 3-2, the Maize and Blue left the bases loaded again in the seventh to end the game.
The Maize and Blue will open a three-game set against Illinois on Friday (April 25) in Champaign, Ill. The contest will begin at 7:05 p.m. CDT and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (email@example.com)
Sign up for Michigan Insider to be the first to learn about 2017 Michigan softball ticket opportunities.