May 11, 2012
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: #22 Michigan 2, Purdue 1
Records: U-M (37-15, 16-5 Big Ten), Purdue (31-20, 13-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 12 -- vs. Purdue - doubleheader (Wilpon Complex), Noon
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan softball team broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly from sophomore catcher Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield) in a 2-1 defeat of Purdue on Friday evening (May 11) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) went the distance in the circle, giving up one run on six hits with five strikeouts. The U-M offense generated nine hits, getting two hits each from freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville), sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) and junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido).
Michigan struck first, plating a run in the first inning when Wagner was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Sappingfield from third. Senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) and Sappingfield led off the game with back-to-back singles, before a fielder's choice left Michigan with runners on first and second with one out. Driesenga singled to right field, loading the bases, before Lane struck out to bring Wagner to the plate with two outs. She was hit on the arm on the first pitch of the at-bat, staking the Wolverines an early 1-0 lead.
Purdue got on the board in the fifth inning, leading off with a single. After a groundout advanced the runner to second, Lindsey Rains doubled to left field as Purdue knotted the score at 1-1.
In Michigan's half of the frame, Driesenga and Lane opened with consecutive singles, before a groundout by Wagner advanced the runners to second and third. Blanchard was inserted to pinch hit and the sophomore came through with a deep fly ball to center field, allowing Driesenga to cross home for Michigan's second run and a 2-1 advantage.
The Maize and Blue kept the Boilers off the bases in the final two innings en route to the 2-1 win.
The Wolverines and Boilermakers will conclude the series tomorrow (Saturday, May 12) with a doubleheader beginning at noon.
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