May 20, 2012
Site: Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)
Event: NCAA Regional (Final)
Score: #21 Michigan 4, #9 Louisville 0
Records: U-M (42-15), UL (55-5)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, May 24 -- at Alabama - NCAA Super Regional (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), 8 p.m. CDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Powered by three runs in the first two innings, the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan softball team shut out No. 9 Louisville, 4-0, in the NCAA Regional final on Sunday afternoon (May 20) at Ulmer Stadium. The win sends Michigan to the NCAA Super Regional, where the Wolverines will play at Alabama in a best-of-three series for a spot in the Women's College World Series.
Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) was once again stellar in the circle, throwing the complete game shutout while allowing six hits without registering a strikeout. U-M totaled eight hits on the day, with senior centerfielder Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto) and senior first baseman Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini) each recording two-hit afternoons. Junior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) was 1-for-4 with two runs batted in, staking Michigan the early lead.
For the first time in regional action, the Wolverines crossed home in the first inning when Lane singled off the wall in right field to plate two runs. After Evans grounded out to start the game, sophomore outfielder Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco) drew a walk, Chidester singled up the middle and freshman RHP Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) walked to load the bases for Lane. The junior hit one deep off the wall, scoring Sappingfield and Chidester as the Wolverines took the early 2-0 lead.
Michigan extended its lead to 3-0 with another run in the second inning as Driesenga singled to third base for a run. Sophomore outfielder Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) led off the frame with a single, advancing to second on a sacrifice before moving to third on a flyout. Driesenga's chopper to third base took a funny bounce to get past the third baseman to allow Doyle to cross home safely.
Evans singled up the middle with one out in the fourth, moving to second on a groundout from Sappingfield. Chidester knocked in Evans from second base with a single to center field to push the Wolverine lead to 4-0.
Wagner gave up two singles to lead off the seventh inning, but Louisville followed with a popout to shortstop, a groundout, and a flyout to left.
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