May 8, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Softball Complex)
Score: #2 Michigan 10, Michigan State 0 (5 inn.)
Records: U-M (43-6, 15-1 Big Ten), Michigan State (20-29, 4-13 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 9 -- vs. Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 1 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior RHP Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) pitched a complete-game one-hitter and sophomore second baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini HS) went 3-for-3 to lead the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team past intrastate rival Michigan State, 10-0, on Saturday evening (May 9) in the regular-season home finale in front of 2,429 fans at the Wilpon Softball Complex, home of Alumni Field.
Taylor commanded from the pitching circle, requiring just 52 pitches to earn the complete-game, five-inning one-hitter. Taylor struck out nine batters, including the game's final two, to improve to 23-3 on the season.
Chidester paced the Wolverine offense, going 3-for-3 with three runs batted in, while junior first baseman Dorian Shaw (Burke, Va./Robinson SS) and senior rightfielder Angela Findlay (Lockport, Ill./East HS) went long for two runs apiece.
After throwing out pinch runner Karen Fox in the top half of the second, senior catcher Roya St. Clair (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson HS) led off the bottom of the inning with a double off the rightfield wall and came around to score when Shaw sent her team-leading 18th home run of the season soaring into the last row of the rightfield grandstands. Not to be outdone, Chidester got involved in the home run derby one batter later, lifting a ball high over the leftfield wall.
After sophomore leftfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto HS) slapped a single to kick off the third inning, Findlay snuck her 13th home run of the year out of the park, just barely finding its way over the outstretched glove of the MSU rightfielder. With one out in the inning, St. Clair connected for her second double of the game and advanced to third when Shaw hit a hard line-drive single into leftfield. Chidester took advantage of the runner in scoring position, smacking an RBI single through the left side to give U-M a commanding 6-0 lead.
The Wolverines carried their offensive momentum into the fourth inning. Senior centerfielder Molly Bausher (Las Vegas, Nev./Spring Valley) battled through a full count and connected on a shallow single to rightfield to lead off the frame. Evans took the first pitch she saw and chopped it over the MSU third baseman. After Findlay reached on fielder's choice, senior third baseman Maggie Viefhaus (Eureka, Mo./Eureka HS) singled down the rightfield line to push U-M into run-rule territory. St. Clair and Chidester each added RBI to close out the inning.
The Wolverines will travel north to East Lansing, Mich., tomorrow (Sunday, May 9) to wrap up their two-game series against intrastate rival Michigan State. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. start at the Spartans' Old College Field.
N O T E S
With tonight's victory, U-M improved to 70-27 in the all-time series against intrastate rival Michigan State.
Tonight's run-rule decision was the Wolverines' third in a row and 21st of the season. Michigan has earned run-rule wins in nine of 16 Big Ten games this season.
Junior RHP Jordan Taylor went the distance for her seventh complete-game shutout of the season. With 29 shutouts in her three-year collegiate career, Taylor already ranks ninth among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category. She needs just one more to reach the eighth position on the list, currently held by Kelly Holmes (30, 1994-97).
Sophomore second baseman Amanda Chidester matched a season high with three hits against the Spartans. Chidester also tallied three hits against Utah at the Judi Garman Classic on March 19.
Adding tonight's 2-for-3 effort, sophomore leftfielder Bree Evans boasts a team-leading 21 multi-hit games. Junior first baseman Dorian Shaw, who knocked out a two-run homer in the second inning, leads the team with 16 multi-RBI games.
Chidester and Shaw both extended their hitting streaks to four consecutive games.
In honor of tonight's Pink Game, the Wolverines' sold the six senior uniforms in a postgame silent auction for a combined $2,750. All proceeds benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On senior night ... "I'm really proud when I watch it, like a proud mother. It's sad though -- I always get nervous. I never look forward to senior night. They're my kids; it's sad to see them go. It was nice to see the crowd tonight though. It gets me thinking of the postseason and the postseason crowds. We always draw well for the Michigan State series, and I'm glad they get to be in a big-game environment. It was great to get them all on the field at the end of the game. I'm happy for them. They've all had great careers, and I just want them all to finish and get what they want."
On the seniors themselves ... "They've been a part of a lot of great teams. There is one stat that I think they can still achieve, and I'm going to keep pushing them to do it. They are an impressive group of women. Last night each of them was a captain of a team at the academy, and the feedback I got was all about how phenomenal they all are. They're all really good people, and that's one of the key ingredients for a good program is having really good people. They were all a part of a great recruiting class coming off the national championship. I try not to put too many expectations on kids, because I feel that expectations can hurt you, but almost all of these girls came in as freshman and were in the lineup right away."
On postseason expectations ... "To me, when you make a goal in life, you have to own it. Whether you achieve it or not doesn't matter as long as you go for it. There is no failure. You do the best that you can and you go for it. This group believes in themselves. They'll be tested in the NCAA Tournament, and we've been tested throughout the year, but they'll go for it."
On last night's inaugural Michigan Women's Softball Academy ... "It was fantastic. It was everything I'd hoped it would be. I thought my kids were outstanding. The participants were really into it -- they had a ball. We really had a lot of fun with it. I was really impressed with the caliber people we had at the event."
On the team wearing pink today ... "I'm really proud that we're involved in this, and I'm proud of our efforts. Something I take a lot of pride in is when these kids come to Michigan, we let them know that they are a part of something bigger than themselves and I think that our involvement with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is just another way to show that we're here and a part of something that's even bigger than the University of Michigan. I like to expose them to giving back to the community. I often say that by working with athletes, I work with the over-privileged. They get a lot of things handed to them; they live the life. Sure they go to practice and work hard, but what a great life to have and not everybody has such great opportunities. I think it's our duty to help them realize that they need to give back to society and make the world a better place."
U-M Senior Rightfielder Angela Findlay
On senior day ... "It's exciting. It's tough to think that it might be our last game; obviously we hope to be back in a few weeks. You just go out there, like Hutch told us, have our moment and then get back to playing softball."
On her home run ... "I was just going up there to have a good at-bat and move the runner in that situation. Unfortunately, I took that first pitch and didn't get the bunt down, so I figured I had to move the runner somehow."
On the Wolverines' three homers ... "I think in cases like that, we just feed off each other. When our team is hitting well, everyone is hitting well. You could see that today, and you could see that when we score a lot of runs, we have more than one person in the lineup that is contributing to those runs."
U-M Senior Catcher Roya St. Clair
On senior day ... "It was pretty exciting. It was special for our parents to be down there; they've supported us all growing up since we were little and playing in travel-ball tournaments all over the country. I know it's got to be exciting for them. But you can't get too happy or sad; you've got to just take it all in and play the game. To produce some base hits, it's cool, but we still have three games left in the regular season and the postseason. We just have to take it all in stride."
U-M Sophomore Second Baseman Amanda Chidester
On the Wolverines' senior class ... "I'm definitely not ready to be in their shoes yet. They've been a great group of seniors; they've led us well this whole year, and they're going to continue to do it. They're a great bunch of girls, and we're sure going to miss them. Seeing them all do great in today's game was pretty awesome. They're all good to talk to; anyone of them, you can talk to them about anything. As players, as you can see this year, each one of them has come up big in one game or another. They've all stepped up and played great, which is great to see your whole senior class perform like that. They take charge out there on the field, and it makes me, as a sophomore, want our underclassmen to look up to our class like that."
On today's game environment ... "It feels great. Yesterday, doing the academy with all of those older ladies and seeing how well they did, it was such an awesome time. It made me realize that we're fortunate to be out there, playing softball and having fun every day. They all came out to support us today. I could pick out several of the women sitting in the stands. It was a special day -- for them and for the seniors -- so it was great that we played so well."
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423