Give Me 5: U-M Beats Purdue Twice to Win Fifth Straight Big Ten Title

May 12, 2012

• Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2
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• Highlights: Game 1 | Game 2 | Big Ten Champions

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Scores: #22 Michigan 8, Purdue 5; #22 Michigan 8, Purdue 0 (5 inn.)
Records: U-M (39-15, 18-5 Big Ten), Purdue (31-22, 13-10 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 13 -- NCAA Selection Show (ESPNU), 10 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan swept a doubleheader from Purdue, 8-5 and 8-0 in five innings, to win its fifth consecutive and 15th overall Big Ten championship on Saturday afternoon (May 12) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.

Michigan won an error-riddled first game as the teams combined for nine miscues in the game. Freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) earned the win in the circle, throwing 4.2 innings and giving up three runs on four hits with two strikeouts. Five different Wolverines tallied a hit as Michigan took advantage of five Purdue errors to score eight unearned runs.

The Wolverines broke through in the third inning, plating seven runs on four hits and four Purdue errors. U-M loaded the bases with one out on a walk by sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) and back-to-back infield singles by senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) and sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco). Two Michigan runs crossed the plate when senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) reached on a fielder's choice to third base ended with an error on Purdue's catcher trying to throw Doyle out at home.

Driesenga followed with a sacrifice fly to score Michigan's third run of the contest. Another single by junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) pushed another run across as Michigan's lead swelled to 4-0. Another Purdue error, followed by a double from junior shortstop Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) increased the Wolverine lead to 6-0. U-M completed its scoring on a throwing error from the shortstop as one more run upped the Wolverine lead to 7-0.

After Purdue got a run back with a solo home run in the fourth, U-M answered with a run as Chidester hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Purdue scored two runs in the fifth and seventh innings, but Michigan's lead was too big for the Boilers to overcome in an 8-5 U-M victory. The win clinched Michigan's Big Ten title as the Wolverines needed to take two-of-three from Purdue for the title.

Freshman Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) earned the win in the day's second contest, an 8-0 five-inning victory. The lefty threw 4.0 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit with three strikeouts. She also spearheaded the Wolverine offense, hitting a first-inning grand slam as Michigan tallied three homers in the game. Knapp and Chidester also both homered, with Evans and Sappingfield each tallying two-hit games to pace the U-M attack.

Michigan loaded the bases in the first inning on a double by Evans, a fielder's choice from Chidester and a walk from Driesenga to bring Wagner to the plate. The freshman hit her fourth homer of the season over the wall in right-center to stake U-M the early 4-0 lead. Knapp hit a solo shot during the very next at-bat to put the Wolverines on top, 5-0.

The Maize and Blue scored another three runs in the fourth inning on a Chidester home run to right-center. Doyle and Evans both singled to lead off the frame and scored on the Chidester roundtripper, pushing the Michigan lead to 8-0.

Senior LHP Hilary Payne (Plymouth, Mich./Canton) came in to pitch in the fifth, allowing the first Purdue batter to reach base on a single before retiring three of the next four batters to preserve the shutout.

With the sweep, Michigan won the Big Ten championship and earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will run on ESPNU on Sunday (May 12) at 10 p.m.


• With today's sweep, Michigan won its fifth consecutive and 15th overall Big Ten title. U-M is the first program to win five in a row and leads the conference in overall titles.

• U-M went 18-5 during the Big Ten season, outscoring its opponents, 125-58.

• Michigan improves to 39-2 all-time against Purdue with today's sweep. U-M has won 13 in a row over Purdue.

• LHP Haylie Wagner picked up her 29th win of the season, which is the eighth-highest single-season total in U-M history.

Haylie Wagner hit the first grand slam of her career in the second game of today's doubleheader. It was the 60th grand slam in program history, and she is the 26th Wolverine to hit a grand slam.

Amy Knapp followed Haylie Wagner's grand slam with a solo home run, the second time U-M has hit back-to-back home runs this season. Ashley Lane and Amanda Chidester hit back-to-back home runs against Lousiana-Lafayette on Feb. 25.

• All 15 of Michigan's Big Ten titles have come under head coach Carol Hutchins.

Sara Driesenga reached base for the 28th consecutive game with hits in both contests.

• Michigan is now 28-0 when leading after the fifth inning.

• The Wolverines are 11-0 when scoring at least eight runs.

• Michigan picked up its 10th shutout of the season in the 8-0 win.

• With four RBI on the day, Amanda Chidester moved her career total to 198. She ranks second all-time at Michigan and fourth all-time in the Big Ten.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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