May 1, 2011
Site: Madison, Wis. (Goodman Softball Complex)
Score: #2 Michigan 2, Wisconsin 1
Records: Michigan (44-4, 12-2 Big Ten), Wisconsin (26-21, 6-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, May 3 -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team scored two runs in the top of the fifth to secure a 2-1 comeback win and complete the series sweep at Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon (May 1) at the Goodman Softball Complex. The comeback win was the Wolverines' seventh in Big Ten Conference play this season.
Senior RHP Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) earned her second win of the weekend in relief, upping her season record to 23-3 with a four-hit, no-walk effort through 6.2 innings in the circle. Taylor struck out 11 Badger batters -- her ninth double-digit strikeout effort of the season and second of the weekend.
Freshman rightfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community HS) posted a career-best three hits to pace the Wolverines' offense from the bottom of the lineup, while senior designated player Alycia Ryan (Morristown, N.J./Morristown HS) and junior third baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini HS) registered two hits and driving in one run apiece. Junior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto HS) extended her hit streak to 16 straight games with a two-hit effort from the leadoff spot.
After managing just a base runner apiece in the opening four innings, the Wolverines exploded in the top of the fifth, using four hits to manufacture their two runs and steal away the lead. Doyle and Evans used back-to-back choppers through the infield to get aboard, and Michigan took advantage of the speed on the base path. Two batters later, Ryan skipped a single up the middle, and Doyle rounded third and raced home, avoiding a potential play at the plate when Badger pitcher Cassandra Darrah mistakenly cut off the throw home. Evans also scored from second when Chidester drove a hard-hit single through the left side in the next at-bat.
Michigan continued to threaten in the sixth and seventh, putting two runners on base in each inning. Freshman pinch runner Taylor Hasselbach (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston HS) was thrown out at home after a Doyle single up the middle in the former frame, earning some disagreement from the Wolverine coaching staff, while Taylor set down Wisconsin 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh, fanning the final two batters she faced to end the game.
Wisconsin had grabbed the initial lead out of a wild bottom half of the first. After a leadoff double and subsequent hit batsman, designated player Karla Powell singled to left-centerfield, but the lead runner got caught in a rundown and was ultimately tagged out. With runners on second and third, a deep fly ball to centerfield in the next at-bat drove in the Badgers' lone run on the sacrifice.
The Wolverines will kick off a six-game homestand on Tuesday (May 3), hosting Washtenaw County rival Eastern Michigan at 6 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
N O T E S
With the weekend sweep, Michigan improved to 30-4 in the all-time series against Wisconsin.
Junior centerfield Bree Evans has hit .441 (26-for-59) over her current 16-game hitting streak. She leads the Wolverines with 25 multi-hit games, including eight games over her hit streak.
Freshman rightfielder Lyndsay Doyle's previous career best was two hits, which she recorded on three occasions, most recently against Bowling Green on March 30.
Senior RHP Jordan Taylor improved to 99-16 over her four-year career, claiming sole possession of the second spot among Michigan's all-time wins leaders. She trails only Sara Griffin (106, 1995-98). Taylor's career win percentage of .861 stands as U-M's record in the category.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On today's game ... "I thought Jordan [Taylor] was outstanding. I thought she was very composed, and she seemed very one-pitch focused. That was good to see. We ended up with 12 hits, and we really competed. Yesterday wasn't really competitive, but today they came after us and it was exciting. I thought we competed well even though we didn't get the run production. I'll take my team competing any day.
On junior Bree Evans ... "Bree is one of the best players in the conference and one of the best in the country. She continues to do her part, and that's all I ask of any of the kids -- keep doing your part. The leadoff hitters' job is to have good at-bats and get on base."
On senior RHP Jordan Taylor ... "It's just two days, but she does seem like she's in her moment a little better. I don't want to make too much of it yet; the key is she just has a part to do, and she does it really well. We need her to do her part, and we need her offense to do their part. I just don't want her to try to do too much; that's how she got hurt."
U-M Senior RHP Jordan Taylor
On returning from injury ... "It gave me a new determination. I guess I kind of needed something to knock me down, so I had to work to get back up. I feel like I was a lot sharper this weekend. I think I just got back to the fundamentals and good mechanics; I really focused on that, and I think that makes me better."
On battling through today's close game ... "In those close games, you really get to see your team fight, strive to be better and step up their game. I like those close games, because I like being more competitive."
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