May 7, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Scores: #2 Michigan 4, Minnesota 2
Records: U-M (48-4, 15-2 Big Ten), Minnesota (30-22, 8-9 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 8 -- vs. Minnesota (Wilpon Complex), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team registered its eighth comeback win in Big Ten Conference play this season, using a three-run fifth inning to edge Minnesota, 4-2, on Saturday evening (May 7) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
Senior first baseman Dorian Shaw (Burke, Va./Robinson SS) and junior third baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini HS) headlined the Wolverine offense, posting similar 2-for-3 efforts and driving in a run apiece in the No. 3 and cleanup spots, respectively. Shaw pushed in the go-ahead run on a run-scoring double in the fifth.
Senior RHP Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) improved to 26-3 on the season with a six-hit, six-strikeout performance from the circle. The Michigan ace grew stronger as the game wore on, allowing just one hit through three scoreless innings to close the contest.
Trailing by two runs midway through the fourth inning, the Wolverines chipped away at the deficit with a run in the bottom half to pull within one on the board. Freshman leftfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco HS) and Shaw reached on a high-chop single to shortstop and a bouncing single through the left side, respectively, to put two on with no outs for Chidester, who lined a single up the middle to score Sappingfield from second base.
Michigan followed its four-hit fourth with two more base knocks in the fifth. Freshman rightfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community HS) doubled to lead off the inning, looping the ball over the first baseman's head and inside the line before it rolled off into foul territory. The Wolverine outfielder advanced on a wild pitch and when Sappingfield dribbled a fielder's choice toward second base, she took for home and slid in safely, reaching behind the Gopher catcher to avoid the tag.
Shaw continued Michigan's momentum in the next at-bat, lining a double to the wall in right-centerfield to score Sappingfield from second base. Shaw came home when the Gopher second baseman failed to cleanly field a one-hopper from sophomore second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido HS).
Minnesota strung together three consecutive hits, including a run-scoring single through the right side, to garner the game's first advantage with one down in the top of the third. The Gophers padded their initial lead with another run in the fourth.
The Gophers put two runners on in the seventh on a disputed hit-by-pitch and Lane's dropped ball after a tag in the base path. The Wolverine fielder amended the error, throwing out the next two batters on back-to-back grounders to end the contest.
The Wolverines will wrap up their two-game series against Minnesota tomorrow (Sunday, May 8) at 2 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423