May 3, 2013
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #10 Michigan 2, Northwestern 1
Records: U-M (42-9, 18-2 Big Ten), Northwestern (30-19, 12-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 4 -- vs. Northwestern (Wilpon Complex), 1 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore pitcher Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) threw a complete-game two-hitter for the No. 10 University of Michigan softball team against Northwestern tonight (Friday, May 3) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. U-M locks up a 2-1 victory and the sixth consecutive Big Ten crown for the Wolverines, who have the most conference titles all-time with 16 and are the only team to ever win six consecutively.
Driesenga struck out the first two Wildcats batters of the game and closed the game with a called third strike -- her eighth punchout on the night.
Michigan came into the game averaging 7.38 runs per game, but tonight two runs were enough. Freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) drove a single into leftfield in the top of the third to score junior Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) with the game's first tally.
Northwestern struck back in its half of the fourth. With two outs, Driesenga walked the top hitter on the Wildcats, Amy Letourneau. The next two batters singled to tie it.
The game stayed scoreless for the next inning, but U-M scratched one run out in the bottom of the fifth. Driesenga led off with a double, and Doyle singled her to third. Junior Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) then stroked a single into left-center to plate Driesenga with the game-winning run. The Wolverines outhit the Wildcats seven to two on the night.
Holding on to a 2-1 lead, the U-M defense turned an inning-ending double play behind Driesenga in the top of the sixth, eliminating one of the six NU baserunners to reach all game. In the bottom of the seventh, the righty started with a walk and then did the rest of the work herself. She struck out the next batter, fielded a comebacker for out number two and then got the final batter looking.
Driesenga improves her record to 24-6, and the Wolverines move to 42-9, 18-2 Big Ten. This is the fourth consecutive year that U-M has won 18 conference games.
Michigan is back in action on Saturday (May 4) against Northwestern at the Wilpon Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423