May 4, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Softball Complex)
Score: #2 Michigan 9, Western Michigan 1
Records: U-M (41-6), Western Michigan (11-24)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, May 5 -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Wilpon Softball Complex), 5:15 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team sent the fans home early on Tuesday night (May 4), using a five-run rally in the fifth inning and a solo shot in the sixth to cruise past intrastate rival Western Michigan, 9-1, in front of 1,407 fans at the Wilpon Softball Complex, home of Alumni Field.
Senior third baseman Maggie Viefhaus (Eureka, Mo./Eureka HS) led U-M's offensive with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, boosting her already career-high numbers in both home runs (16) and runs batted in (47). The Wolverine captain helped contribute to a big fifth inning for the home squad, hitting one of three long balls for Michigan on the day -- improving Michigan's record to 18-0 when hitting multiple homers.
Sophomore second baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini HS) gave Michigan the lead for good in the third inning with a two-run blast to left-centerfield. The home run was her seventh of the year, just one shy of her rookie season total. Junior first baseman Dorian Shaw ended play for both sides with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the sixth inning, hitting a ball well over the centerfield fence and onto the baseball field for U-M's 19th run-rule decision of the season.
The Wolverine bats were active early, loading the bases in the first inning, but U-M came away with only one run. Sophomore centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto HS) led off the frame with a chopper that was mishandled by the second baseman and, after stealing second base, came around to score when Viefhaus smashed an RBI single into centerfield.
Western Michigan wasted little time getting involved, using a combination of walks and singles to load the bases in the top half of the second inning. First baseman Courtney Rousseau drove in her team's only run on a shallow popup behind first base, but freshman RHP Stephanie Speierman (Columbia, Md./Hammond HS) got Michigan out of the inning without any further damage. After U-M took the lead in the third inning, senior LHP Nikki Nemitz (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Regina HS) entered in relief and made quick work of the WMU lineup, allowing no hits and striking out seven of nine batters faced en route to her 17th victory of the season.
The Wolverines earned the bulk of their runs in the fifth inning, scoring five on four hits and a walk. Evans and senior rightfielder Angela Findlay (Lockport, Ill./East HS) preceded Viefhaus' two-run homer with RBI hits of their own; Evans skipped a single up the middle, while Findlay knocked in two with a double -- her eighth of the season -- to a similar location.
The Wolverines will wrap up non-conference play on Wednesday (May 5), hosting neighbor Eastern Michigan in a 5:15 p.m. game at the Wilpon Softball Complex, home of Alumni Field.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423