May 24, 2012
N O T E S
Michigan is now 7-5 all-time against Alabama. It was the first win for Alabama against Michigan in postseason play.
With her start in the circle tonight, freshman LHP Haylie Wagner made her 49th appearance of the season to set a new program record. The previous high was 48, held by Jennie Ritter during Michigan's 2005 national championship run.
With a walk in the fourth inning, Sara Driesenga has now reached base safely in 32 consecutive games.
Bree Evans singled in the seventh inning to increase her hitting streak to 14 consecutive games.
Michigan's three hits mark its lowest total since tallying two at Minnesota on April 21.
Haylie Wagner was charged her first loss of the postseason. She was the victorious pitcher in Michigan's other three contests.
The loss was Michigan's first in the month of May and snapped its nine-game winning streak.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On the game ... "We knew coming in what an environment it is in Tuscaloosa. Boy, on that field it is so loud. We had trouble talking to our kids at times; they couldn't hear a thing. I didn't really feel like my kids were fazed by it. I think it was a close game. It was a game. They took advantage of every mistake we made. We had a wild pitch that was a run. We make an error at first; we make, whether they called it or not, an error at third and they get three runs out of it. You just don't do that against Alabama. We can't give them anything. We knew it was going to be tough against (Jackie) Traina. We started getting on her toward the end of the game and I'm hopeful that we can carry that into tomorrow and make some adjustments with that. I thought it was a very competitive game and I'm pleased that we're still in the tournament. As long as there are outs left, we're playing to win."
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