May 1, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #23 Michigan 4, Eastern Michigan 2 (9 innings)
Records: U-M (34-15), EMU (21-31)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 5 -- at Wisconsin - doubleheader (Madison, Wis.), Noon CDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman DP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) hit a walk-off two-run home run in the ninth inning as the No. 23-ranked University of Michigan softball team defeated Eastern Michigan, 4-2 in nine innings, on Tuesday night (May 1) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) went the distance in the circle, striking out a career-best 13 batters while allowing two runs on seven hits. The Michigan offense, which tallied eight hits, was anchored by two-hit contests from junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) and freshman catcher Lauren Sweet (Corona, Calif./Santiago).
U-M got on the board with a run in the second inning when Sweet singled through the right side to score Wagner, who reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second after junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) drew a walk.
EMU took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning when Kaylee Tolliver hit a two-run homer to right field. U-M tied it up in the bottom half of the inning on a Lane single to center field. Her base knock scored senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto), who singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a groundout.
The Maize and Blue had a chance to win in the seventh, putting two runners on base with two out, before Wagner struck out looking to send the game to extra innings.
EMU left a runner on base in each the eighth and ninth innings, bringing Michigan to bat in the ninth with the heart of the order due up. Senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) drew a walk to lead off the inning, before Driesenga crushed the first pitch of the at-bat over the wall in center field to give the Wolverines their fifth walk-off win of the season.
The Wolverines return to Big Ten action this weekend, traveling to Madison, Wis., for a three-game series with Wisconsin. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday (May 5) beginning at noon CDT before wrapping up the set on Sunday (May 6) at noon CDT.
N O T E S
Michigan improves to 56-8 all-time against Eastern Michigan. U-M defeated EMU twice this season, including a 10-2 win in five innings on March 21.
Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner struck out a career-best 13 batters. Her previous best was 11, coming on Feb. 12 against Penn State in her first career start. She has recorded at least 10 strikeouts three times this season.
Haylie Wagner's total of 13 strikeouts is the highest by a Michigan pitcher this season.
Tonight's win was Michigan's fifth walk-off win of the season. U-M also walked off against Louisiana Tech (Feb. 11), Hofstra (Feb. 25), Temple (March 4) and Notre Dame (March 15).
It was the second time U-M used a home run to walk off this season. The other was an Amanda Chidester home run against Louisiana Tech (Feb. 11).
Amanda Chidester and Sara Driesenga have each reached base safely in the last 23 games. Their streaks are the longest by a Wolverine this season.
Sara Driesenga hit a home run in each contest this season against Eastern Michigan.
Ashley Lane recorded her eighth two-hit game of the season.
Three of Michigan's last five games have gone to extra innings. U-M is 2-1 in those games.
Three of U-M's four runs in extra innings this season have come on home runs.
Tonight's game was the final regular season non-conference game for the Wolverines. U-M finished 20-10 in those games.
The Wolverines are now 10-3 at the Wilpon Complex this season.
U-M is now 2-1 in Big Ten Network games this season.
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