Michigan Staves Off Elimination with Rout of Wright State

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 3 seed University of Michigan softball team dominated No. 8 seed Wright State 13-0 in five innings in NCAA Regional 7 action Friday (May 16) at Michigan's Alumni Field. The Wolverines put up three runs in the first inning and then sealed the victory with five runs in the fifth. Marissa Young (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei HS) led the Wolverines with two hits, including her 12th home run of the season, and three RBI. Young also pitched two innings for Michigan, allowing no hits and striking out two.


Young's three-run home run in the first inning was her team-best 12th of the year.

U-M jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning on Young's homer. Tiffany Haas (Santa Ana, Calif./Foothill HS) led off the game with a double and Monica Shock (Rialto, Calif./Eisenhower HS) walked to put runners on first and second for Young. With two outs, Young sent the ball over the leftfield wall to put Michigan up 3-0.

After Young retired Wright State's first three batters in the bottom of the first, the Wolverines came up to bat in the second and extended their lead to 4-0. The lone run of the inning came on a sacrifice fly to leftfield by Grace Leutele (Sierra Vista, Ariz./Buena HS), scoring Nicole Motycka (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney HS) from third.

Michigan continued to produce runs in the third inning. The first run came on a Motycka double that scored Courtney Betley (Corona, Calif./Santa Ana Mater Dei HS), and the Wolverines scored twice more on Meghan Doe's (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino HS) single up the middle. U-M capped the inning with a run by Leutele, driven in by Melinda Moulden (LaCrescenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley HS). Wright State got its only hit of the game in the bottom of the third inning, but the Raiders were not able to score, leaving the count 8-0 in favor of Michigan.

U-M's bats cooled in the fourth inning, but the Wolverines picked up where they left off in the fifth, scoring five runs in the inning. After loading the bases with one out, the first Michigan run came home on a wild pitch. Moulden then singled to short, scoring Haas. In the next at-bat, Lisa Mack (Saline, Mich./Saline HS) doubled to rightfield to plate two more Wolverines. Michigan scored one more unearned run in the inning to make the score 13-0, and Wright State was unable to muster a hit in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Michigan (42-15) advances to play the winner of the Notre Dame vs. Oakland game at noon tomorrow (May 17), while Wright State is eliminated from the tournament.


Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On the game ... "At this point they knew pretty much what was going to come out of my mouth. Our game plan was to go up there and attack the ball if they brought it over the plate. The difference was our team needed to have the best at-bats when we had runners on base. That's what we need to have and we need to be aggressive and have no fear and just play as long as we can. We are not going to worry about Sunday because I want to play all day Saturday."

Michigan Senior Pitcher/First Baseman Marissa Young
On the differences between the first game and the win over Wright State ... "We didn't come out ready to play. We watched everything go by. In the second game we made a conscious effort to come out swinging our bats and be aggressive. We did that and came away with a win."

Senior Outfielder Meghan Doe
On the differences between the two Michigan games ... "There were any numbers of reasons why things went wrong in the first game, but the important thing is that we came out to play the second game and won the second game. So, we can't change what happened in the first game, we had to learn from it and move on."

Wright State Head Coach Sheila Nahrgang
On the game... "Michigan is a really good team. It's obvious this was not the note we wanted to go out on, but there is only one team in the country that isn't going to leave here with their last game being a loss. It was a tough way to lose. We should have played better."


Michigan improves to 2-0 all-time against Wright State

Michigan's 13 runs against Wright State are the second most ever scored by the Wolverines in an NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines had 15 runs against Notre Dame during the 1995 NCAA Regional.

Michigan's 13-run margin of victory was its largest ever in an NCAA Tournament.

Michigan's Marissa Young has appeared in all three regional games and has not allowed an earned run. In 9.1 innings of work she has struck out 15 and allowed three hits and four runs, all of which were unearned.

Marissa Young's home run in the first inning was her 12th of the year and 21st of her career, moving her into second place all-time at Michigan. She is seven behind all-time leader Melissa Gentile (1997-2000), who has 28.

Michigan's 12 hits were the most in a single 2003 NCAA Regional 7 game.

Jennie Ritter made her second appearance in the regional, pitching the final three innings and striking out five in relief of Marissa Young.

Wright State made its first trip to an NCAA Regional and finished with a 1-2 record. The Raiders became the first No. 8 seed to win a game in this year's expanded, 64-team tournament.

Contact: Rich Marion (734) 763-4423

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