April 28, 2013
Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Bowlin Stadium)
Score: #20 Nebraska 7, #9 Michigan 4
Records: U-M (41-9, 17-2 Big Ten), Nebraska (37-11, 14-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 3 -- vs. Northwestern (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan softball team succumbed to a five-run sixth in a 7-4 loss at No. 20 Nebraska in the rubber match of a three-game series today (Sunday, April 28) at Bowlin Stadium.
U-M held a 4-2 advantage going into the bottom of the sixth when Nebraska started its half of the frame with a base hit. When the Cornhuskers sent a lefthanded pinch hitter up to the plate, U-M countered with lefty sophomore Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modeno) in relief of starter Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville). Pinch hitter Kylee Muir reached on a single, and the next batter, Hailey Decker, hit a three-run homer to give Nebraska its first lead of the day.
Driesenga re-entered one batter later, and the Huskers tacked on two more runs with a one-out double. In all, Nebraska score five times on five hits and swiped the third game of the series.
Sophomore catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago) continued her hot hitting with a 2-for-2 performance, including a fourth-inning solo home run. It was the second roundtripper of the series for Sweet and seventh on the season.
After falling behind in each of the first two games of the series, Michigan scored first in game three. Freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) drove a double into the left-center gap, scoring senior Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido), who hustled home from first following her hit.
Lawrence was then sacrificed to third and scored when Sweet floated a single into centerfield. The run batted in was the fifth of the series for Sweet.
A two-out Nebraska error in the top of the third extended the inning for Lane and she singled home senior Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mich./Dakota), who reached on a base hit batting from the leadoff spot for the first time her career.
The Cornhuskers hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to break up the U-M shutout. They went on to score the game's final five runs.
Wagner took the loss after surrendering the game-winning hit while facing just three batters. Driesenga pitched 6.0 innings in all and was charged with four runs on five hits. She walked four, hit four and struck out five.
The Maize and Blue returns home for its final regular-season series beginning Friday (May 3) against Northwestern at the Wilpon Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423