Lane, Wagner Power U-M to Doubleheader Sweep at Wisconsin
Amanda Chidester

May 5, 2012

• Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2

Site: Madison, Wis. (Goodman Complex)
Scores: #23 Michigan 5, Wisconsin 1; #23 Michigan 7, Wisconsin 5
Records: U-M (36-15, 15-5 Big Ten), UW (33-17, 12-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 6 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), Noon CDT

MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan softball team used a four-run third inning in a 5-1 win against Wisconsin in the first game before recording 14 hits in a 7-5 victory to sweep a doubleheader Saturday afternoon (May 5) at the Goodman Complex.

Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) was the winning pitcher in both contests to improve to 27-5 on the season. She threw all 7.0 innings in the opener, giving up one run on seven hits with four strikeouts, and pitched 4.2 innings of relief in the nightcap, yielding four runs on four hits.

Junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) paced the Michigan offense in the first game with four runs batted in on a third-inning grand slam. The offense totaled six hits, each coming from a different Wolverine. In the second game, Michigan totaled 14 hits, led by senior first baseman Amanda Chidester's (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) 4-for-5 showing at the plate, along three-hit performances by sophomore leftfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) and senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto).

Lane's grand slam highlighted Michigan's five-run third inning in the opener. Sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Sappingfield followed with a single, and Doyle scored when Chidester hit another bloop single to plate the Wolverines' first run. Freshman DP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) had a bloop single in the next at-bat to load the bases for Lane, who hit a 2-2 pitch over the wall in straightaway center, pushing U-M's lead to 5-0.

The Badgers got a run back in the seventh inning, but Wagner struck out the last batter swinging to leave two runners on base and preserve the 5-1 win.

The Maize and Blue struck quickly in the second game, turning in a two-run first inning after a costly Badger error. Sappingfield reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on Chidester's single to leftfield. Driesenga's hit to third base was mishandled to score Sappingfield from second. With two outs, Wagner singled to centerfield for another Wolverine tally and a 2-0 lead.

Chidester's single in the second inning extended the Maize and Blue lead to 3-0 as Evans scored after reaching base on a single to third base. Wisconsin used four hits, including a two-run homer, in the third to take a 4-3 lead.

Junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth as Michigan knotted the game at 4-4, and the Wolverines regained the lead in the following inning when Driesenga doubled to the wall in left-center, scoring Evans for a 5-4 lead.

U-M plated two more runs in the seventh frame, starting the inning with a single from sophomore pinch hitter Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield). A successful sacrifice followed by back-to-back singles from Evans and Sappingfield yielded Michigan's first run of the inning. Chidester followed with her fourth hit of the game, a single up the middle, to score Evans as Michigan's lead grew to 7-4.

Michigan retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh before a single to the shortstop gave the Badgers a runner. A double from the next batter allowed a run to cross home, trimming Michigan's lead to 7-5, but the next batter popped up to Wagner.

The Wolverines and Badgers wrap up their three-game series tomorrow (Sunday, May 6) at noon CDT.


• Michigan moves to 32-4 all-time against Wisconsin.

Ashley Lane hit a grand slam in the first game, her first home run since April 6. It was the third grand slam for Michigan this season, as Amanda Chidester and Nicole Sappingfield have each hit one. U-M has 59 grand slams in program history.

Ashley Lane's grand slam marked her first hit this season with the bases loaded. She was 0-for-9 prior to the home run.

Ashley Lane's home run was her 11th of the season. She now has 29 in her career, moving her into seventh place on Michigan's all-time list.

• Michigan was outhit 7-6 by Wisconsin in the first game, just the fourth time this season the Wolverines have won when being outhit by an opponent.

Sara Driesenga and Amanda Chidester each reached base for the 24 and 25th consecutive games.

Haylie Wagner was the victorious Michigan pitcher in both games. Her total of 27 wins is the second-highest ever by a Wolverine freshman. The 27 wins also place her in a tie with Marissa Young (2002) for the ninth-highest season total at Michigan.

Amanda Chidester recorded four hits in the second contest, the second time this season and third time in her career she has gone for four hits.

Caitlin Blanchard recorded a pinch-hit single to lead off the seventh inning of the second game. It was her second pinch hit of the season.

Amanda Chidester recorded three RBI on the day, moving her career total to 194, which ranks second all-time at Michigan and fourth in Big Ten history.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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