May 9, 2010
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Old College Field)
Score: #2 Michigan 4, Michigan State 1
Records: U-M (44-6, 16-1 Big Ten), Michigan State (20-30, 4-14 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 14 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 6 p.m. CDT
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Sophomore second baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini HS) knocked out her first grand slam of the season in the seventh inning to spark the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan softball team's 4-1 comeback victory against intrastate rival Michigan State on Sunday afternoon (May 9) at Old College Field.
The Wolverines only managed three hits against MSU but took advantage of a series of mistakes to load the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh. Spartan ace Lauren Kramer struck a pair of Michigan batters with inside pitches and allowed a third to reach base on a bobbled comebacker to the circle to load it up for Chidester, who connected with the 2-1 pitch and bombed it deep over the scoreboard beyond leftfield.
With her team ahead for the first time in the contest, senior LHP Nikki Nemitz (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Regina HS) made little work of the Spartans in the home half of the seventh, fielding a popup herself before issuing a pair of strikeouts to close out the game. Nemitz struck out 10 and allowed three hits and a pair of walks en route to the complete-game effort. The win improved her record to 19-3 on the season.
Nemitz held the Spartans without a hit until the fourth inning, when shortstop Lindsey Hansen lined a double to the fence in rightfield. Hansen advanced on a sacrifice before coming home, unearned, when senior third baseman Maggie Viefhaus (Eureka, Mo./Eureka HS) could not cleanly field a grounder down the baseline.
Sophomore shortstop Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield, Ill./Central HS) singled into shallow leftfield to pick up Michigan's first hit of the game -- and her first since returning to the lineup -- in the third inning, while sophomore leftfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto HS) smacked a two-out single up the middle in the sixth. Senior rightfielder Angela Findlay (Lockport, Ill./East HS) followed Evans' hit with a towering fly ball to leftfield that appeared to be headed out, but MSU leftfielder Lori Padilla came up with it on the warning track.
The Wolverines will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, next weekend to wrap up the regular-season portion of their schedule with a two-game series against Iowa. U-M will face the Hawkeyes at 6 p.m. CDT on Friday (May 14) and 5 p.m. CDT on Saturday (May 15) at Bob Pearl Softball Field. Both games will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
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