Four-Run Sun Devils' Fourth Burns Wolverines in Regional Loss

May 17, 2014

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Site: Tempe, Ariz. (Farrington Stadium)
Event: NCAA Regional (Day 2)
Score: #4 Arizona State 4, #13 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (43-13, 18-5 B1G), ASU (46-10-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 17 -- vs. San Diego State (Tempe, Ariz.), 8 p.m. PDT/MST { TV: ESPNU ]

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan softball team yielded four fourth-inning runs to the No. 4-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils in a 4-1 loss Saturday (May 17) in the winner's bracket of the NCAA Regional at Farrington Stadium.

The Wolverines will now play an elimination game against San Diego State tonight (Saturday, May 17) at 8 p.m. PT/MST on ESPNU.

Starting pitcher Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) limited the Sun Devils to two hits through the first three innings -- including one that was a bunt single. She faced just one over the minimum through three thanks to a sure-handed 5-4-3 double play started by freshman Lindsay Montemarano (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford).

But the fourth was Michigan's undoing. Wagner hit the leadoff batter, and she then gave up a single; a Michigan error scored Arizona State's first run with one out. The southpaw struck out ASU's Bethany Kemp for the second out of the inning. Two pitches later, Chelsea Gonzales hit a line drive home run to center that gave ASU a 4-1 lead.

Michigan's offense looked poised for a big night when the first three hitters reached on singles. Sophomore Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) muscled a pitched that jammed her into left field to score leadoff hitter Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community).

After the first, the Maize and Blue bats fell silent, save for a Caitlin Blanchard (Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield) single in the sixth.




N O T E S

Michigan is now 70-13 all-time in the NCAA Regional round.

The Wolverines have split their 22 games with Arizona State 11-11.

Sierra Romero extended her reached-base streak to 38 games.

Q U O T E S

Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
Opening statement ... "Good game by Arizona State. Congrats to them. I thought we knew coming in; we know Dallas (Escobedo) is a great pitcher and that they're a great team. The only way you're going to beat them is by attacking them, every pitch of the game. And I thought we came out attacking. And I didn't think we did it after the first inning very well. We did not attack. We did not attack the hitable pitches. You know, our defense kept us in the game, but they took advantage of a leadoff free pass, you know, the wheels fell off a bit, and we threw a pitch over the middle of the plate. And that's the game, it was one inning. We had one good inning. They had one good inning."

On what adjustments Dallas Escobedo made after the first inning ... "I think the first inning is a good time to get after a pitcher, everybody is settling into the game, but she certainly adjusted. But again, I think, I always certainly can look at the view from our viewpoint, where what I think we can do, and I thought when she [Escobedo] brought it over the plate we needed to get after it."

U-M Sophomore Shortstop Sierra Romero
On Dallas Escobedo's performance ... "She's a great pitcher; she hits her sports, and that's really it. She's a good pitcher, and she competes."

On her RBI single ... "I was just going to my half-swing. I recognized it was an inside pitch. I knew I had to get my hands extended to it, and I was able to get it into the outfield."

U-M Junior Pitcher Haylie Wagner
On moving forward after into the next game ... "(We need to) keep fighting, keep attacking; we are still in the tournament right now, and that's all that matters, and I trust my team and I believe in my team. And I know we are going to come out next game and attack."

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (mkasibor@umich.edu)