April 27, 2013
Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Bowlin Stadium)
Score: #9 Michigan 5, #20 Nebraska 3
Records: U-M (41-8, 17-1 Big Ten), Nebraska (36-11, 13-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 28 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 11:35 a.m. CDT
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A four-run seventh inning, keyed by Lauren Sweet's (Corona, Calif./Santiago) two-run single, gave the No. 9 University of Michigan softball team a 5-3 comeback win over No. 20 Nebraska today (Saturday, April 27) at Bowlin Stadium.
The Wolverines entered the final frame trailing 3-1 with only four hits through six innings. Senior Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) led off with a pinch-hit walk. U-M then loaded the bases on consecutive walks to freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and junior Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield). Senior Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido), batting .385 with the bases loaded, hit a high chopper off the pitcher's glove to score Crummey with her sixth hit and 14th run batted in with the bases loaded.
The next batter up, freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian), checked her swing and hit a nubber down the third base line, but she beat the throw to collect U-M's second consecutive infield hit and bring home Romero with the game-tying run.
One batter later, Sweet fell behind 1-2 before working the count full. She drove a single back through the middle, scoring Lane and Lawrence to give Michigan its first lead of the game. The hit was the third of the day for Sweet.
Sophomore pitcher Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modeno) shut the door in the seventh, earning her 17th win of the season and seventh complete game. The southpaw struck out five and walked just one Cornhusker. Freshman Olivia Richvalsky (South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon East) recorded the final out on a fly ball to left to give Michigan its 41st win and 17th win in the Big Ten.
Nebraska started the scoring in the second inning for the second consecutive game. The leadoff hitter blooped a single that fell between two Wolverines. The next batter reached when she popped a bunt over the head of Blanchard, who was charging in from first base. The third batter of the inning drilled a double into the right-center gap to score the first Cornhusker run.
Wagner then got two straight outs, including a comebacker and fine defensive play by Romero to snag a line drive, but the Cornhuskers got a two-out single to make it 2-0 after two innings. Nebraska used a two-out double and single to plate its third run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, and Sweet put U-M's first run on the board in the sixth inning with a double that scored Lane.
The Wolverines and Huskers will play the rubber match of the series tomorrow (Sunday, April 28) in Lincoln, Neb. First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 a.m. CDT, and the game will be broadcast on tape delay on the Big Ten Network beginning at 3 p.m. EDT.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423