U-M Rides Driesenga's Shutout to Regional Win over Valpo
Sara Driesenga

May 17, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Event: NCAA Regional (Day 1)
Score: #7 Michigan 5, Valparaiso 0
Records: U-M (46-10), Valparaiso (34-26)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 18 -- vs. California - NCAA Regional Semifinals (Wilpon Complex), Noon

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore right-handed pitcher Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) turned in a two-hit, complete-game shutout performance for the No. 7 University of Michigan softball team in its 5-0 victory over Valparaiso in the NCAA Regional opener today (Friday, May 17) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.

Driesenga was flawless through five innings on her way to a two-hitter and faced just two batters beyond the minimum. The Crusaders did not hit the ball out of the infield until the final out of the fifth inning and did not record their first hit until there were two outs in the top of the sixth, a flare into rightfield.

The righty struck out six, four on called third strikes, in her third complete-game shutout of the season.

Michigan got all the offense it needed in the first inning on a three-run home run by senior Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido). Junior Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) led off U-M's first frame with a hustle double. She was moved to third on a sacrifice, and then freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) walked to put two on. With two outs, Lane scorched her 17th homer of the year.

Lane knocked in the fourth Maize and Blue run in the third inning, collecting her second four-RBI game of the season. Doyle picked up Michigan's fifth run batted in of the game in the fourth when she plated freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian). Lane, Doyle and Romero had two hits apiece.

The Wolverines will move on to the winner's bracket tomorrow (Saturday, May 18) to play California at noon. The game will be streamed on ESPN3.

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