May 4, 2013
Ashley Lane set a new career high with her 61st hit of the season.
Lane extended a career/season best by reaching base in 20 consecutive games.
Sierra Romero set a new U-M single season record with her 22nd home run.
Romero tied the Big Ten single season record with 35 RBI in conference games (35, tied with Amanda Chidester who knocked in 35 in 2011).
Romero's run moved her into eighth place on U-M's all-time single season list (56).
Romero has now reached base in 31 consecutive games, extending her team best mark.
Romero walked three times giving her 40 on the season, the sixth most in a single season for a U-M player.
Romero was intentionally walked three times, including twice in the fourth inning, to tie a mark she set previously against Michigan State (April 14).
Caitlin Blanchard tied a season/career high with four runs batted in.
Blanchard hit her 10th double of the season, a new team high.
Blanchard had her 16th multi-hit game of the season, a new team best.
Blanchard collected her 10th multi-RBI game of the season, the third Wolverine to do so.
Nicole Sappingfield scored two runs and is now in a tie for ninth place on U-M's all-time single season list (55).
Amy Knapp hit her seventh double of the season, good for third most on the team.
Lauren Sweet now has 29 RBI during Big Ten Conference games. She is tied for the fourth-most RBI by a Big Ten player in conference play.
Sierra Lawrence scored three times, tying a career/season high she has set two other times (last: March 30 at Penn State).
Kelsey Susalla had a pinch-hit single in the fourth. She is now batting .529 (9-for-17) with 10 RBI as a pinch hitter.
Today's game marked the 100th meeting between Michigan and Northwestern. U-M leads the all-time series 68-32 and has won six games in a row.
Q U O T E S
U-M Junior Caitlin Blanchard
On piling on 16 runs following a two-run game on Friday ... "We faced a number of different pitchers today but our approach was hunting for our pitch, staying with it and attacking. That is something we work on every day."
On batting following an intentional walk to Sierra Romero ... "I relish hitting in any opportunity, and it's great if you want to put one more runner on. We have a saying in the dugout that's pretty simple: 'walks are good.' Even if it's Sierra getting intentionally walked, that's one more base runner for our team so of course we're going to take that."