May 25, 2012
N O T E S
Michigan is now 7-6 all-time against Alabama.
Haylie Wagner made her 50th appearance in the circle for the Wolverines, becoming the first player to ever make 50 appearances in a season.
With a solo home run in the first inning, Amanda Chidester recorded the 200th RBI of her career. She is only the second Wolverine to eclipse 200 in a career, joining Samantha Findlay (2005-08), who is the career leader with 219. Chidester is just the fourth player in Big Ten history to record at least 200 RBI in a career.
Bree Evans singled up the middle in the second inning, extending her hitting streak to 15 games. It was the longest streak by a Wolverine this season.
Caitlin Blanchard earned the start behind the plate, her first start since March 2 against UCLA.
Michigan turned its fourth double play of the postseason with a 1-5-3 double play in the first inning. U-M had 21 double plays on the season, its highest total since the 1999 season (24).
It was just Michigan's fourth loss this season when scoring first. U-M was 34-4 when crossing home first this season.
The Wolverines are now 69-43 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan finished the season with a 42-17 overall record, its 17th consecutive 40-win season.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On the game ... "It's always hard to say goodbye to your kids. Hat's off to Alabama. (Jackie) Traina notched it up there late in the game. She wasn't on her A-game, but boy she got on it. It's been fun to be here; it's been a fantastic tournament. I'm so proud because we came to play. We came to win and we didn't get it done, but all that you can ask of your kids is to play to win. It's not as easy as it looks. I have to say after watching Alabama all week that, I know that there's a lot of push for the SEC to win, but I got a chance to be around some of their student-athletes and they remind me a lot of my kids. What a nice bunch of kids. I was so impressed with their respectfulness to the game, our team and our program. I'll be rooting for them in Oklahoma City."