April 24, 2010
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Varsity Softball Complex)
Score: #2 Michigan 5, Purdue 1
Records: U-M (36-5, 12-0 Big Ten), Purdue (22-23, 3-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 25 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 1 p.m.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team extended its winning streak to 15 straight games with a 5-1 triumph at Purdue on Saturday afternoon (April 24) at the Varsity Softball Complex.
Junior RHP Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) was solid from the circle, striking out nine Boilermaker batters while allowing four hits -- three in the sixth inning -- and no walks. The win is Taylor's seventh in a row and improves her record to 19-2 on the season.
Senior designated player Nikki Nemitz (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Regina HS) paced the Wolverine offense with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate, bookending Michigan's scoring with a second-inning run-scoring double and a seventh-inning home run. Senior third baseman Maggie Viefhaus (Eureka, Mo./Eureka HS) also drove in a pair of runs, going 1-for-3 with a two-run single in the fifth.
The Wolverines used a pair of run-scoring doubles to build their early advantage in the second and third innings. Nemitz recorded U-M's first hit of the contest in the former frame, making the Boilermakers pay for a free pass to sophomore second baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini HS) in the previous at-bat with a liner off the top of the rightfield fence.
Findlay drove home senior shortstop Molly Bausher (Las Vegas, Nev./Spring Valley HS) from second base with her double in the latter inning. The Wolverine shortstop led off the frame with a bouncing slapper to the gap on the right of the circle, beating out the throw from Purdue first baseman Ashley Courtney, who stepped up to field the ball. She advanced on a sacrifice bunt before racing home when senior rightfielder Angela Findlay (Lockport, Ill./East HS) drove the 1-0 pitch to the wall in right-centerfield.
Michigan took advantage of a rattled Boilermaker pitcher Suzie Rzegocki in the fifth, scoring a pair of two-out runs to pad its advantage to four late in the game. Sophomore centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto HS) swung at what would have been the inning-ending third strike, but her life was extended when the pitch was ruled illegal -- the fourth of seven illegal pitches called against Rzegocki on the day -- and she responded with a single up the middle to kick start the Wolverine rally.
Findlay accepted a four-pitch walk and both base runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch in the dirt from the visibly upset Rzegocki. Viefhaus scored both runners in the next at-bat, extending her hit streak to five games with a screaming single down the rightfield line.
The Boilermakers strung together three hits to push one across in the bottom of the sixth. Catcher Jenna Alexander drove in the run with two outs and runners on first and second, grounding a single up the middle to spoil Taylor's shutout bid. The Wolverine pitcher issued a four-pitch strikeout in the next at-bat to get out of the inning.
Nemitz connected with the first pitch of the next frame and drove it over the fence in left-centerfield to secure her seventh home run of the season and extend Michigan's home run streak to 15 in a row.
The Wolverines will wrap up their two-game series at Purdue tomorrow (Sunday, April 25). The game is slated for a 1 p.m. start at the Boilermakers' Varsity Softball Complex.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423