June 2, 2013
U-M wins its first WCWS game since May 28, 2009 (6-1 vs. Alabama).
Michigan picks up its first WCWS shutout win since a 4-0 victory over Texas on June 3, 2005.
The Wolverines defeated the Sun Devils twice this season (previous: 5-4 on March 15 in Fullerton, Calif.).
The shutout is the 13th of the season for Michigan.
Sara Driesenga threw her 24th complete game of the season and her eighth shutout. Three of her shutouts have been during NCAA tournament play (5-0 vs. Valparaiso on May 17 and 5-0 vs. California on May 18).
Driesenga moved into a tie for fifth-most wins in a single season (31) with two former Wolverines (Jordan Taylor twice in 2011 and 2008, and Jennie Ritter in 2006).
Driesenga is now 6-2 in NCAA postseason play this season.
Nicole Sappingfield registered her 13th sacrifice hit of the season.
Sappingfield collected two base hits, her 14th multi-hit game of the season and first since April 23 vs. Central Michigan.
Sierra Romero hit her 23rd home run of the season, extending her single-season Michigan record. The home run is Romero's first of the postseason.
Romero tied Ashley Lane for the third-best single-season RBI tally in U-M history with 71. Lane knocked in 71 in 2011.
Romero is now in sole possession of 10th place on U-M's career home run list (23). She passes Marissa Young and Tiffany Haas (22), whom she tied on May 4 vs. Northwestern.
Romero is now in a tie for second-most runs scored in a single season (67) with Jessica Merchant (2005) and Maggie Viefhaus (2010).
Caitlin Blanchard hit her 14th double of the season, extending her team lead.
Jaclyn Crummey made her second career postseason start. However, in her previous start (May 25 vs. Louisiana Lafayette), she did not see game action. She was replaced by Sara Driesenga after the lineups were submitted but before the first pitch because the originally scheduled pitcher, Haylie Wagner, was scratched due to an injury.
Lyndsay Doyle walked three times in the game. That tied a caree best (three times previously, last: April 7 vs. Ohio State).
Michigan tied a season high with two double plays (three times previously, last: May 25 vs. Louisiana Lafayette).
U-M played in front of a record crowd of 9,698 for session four at the WCWS.
The Maize and Blue improves to 11-9 all-time against Arizona State and 1-1 in the WCWS.
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