Driesenga Rocks Sun Devils to Sleep in Late-Night WCWS Win
Sara Driesenga

June 2, 2013

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Site: Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
Event: Women's College World Series (Day 2)
Score: #7 Michigan 2, #4 Arizona State 0
Records: U-M (51-12), ASU (50-12)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, June 2 -- vs. Washington (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 2:30 p.m. CDT

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Sophomore right-handed pitcher Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) turned in a complete-game shutout in a 2-0 win over No. 4 Arizona State to keep the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan softball team alive in the Women's College World Series early Sunday morning (June 2) at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. It marked the first time this season the Sun Devils were held scoreless.

First pitch for the game was delivered at 11:54 p.m. CDT, more than three hours after its scheduled start time of 8:30 p.m. CDT. The game prior featuring Nebraska and Florida went 15 innings and ended with a 9-8 Gators victory.

Michigan's game ended at 2:28 a.m. local time on a 5-6-3 putout that started when a grounder bounced off senior third baseman Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore) over to freshman shortstop Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta), who threw to first for the out.

Driesenga set the Sun Devils -- who came into the game hitting .329 -- down in order in the bottom of the first. The sophomore found herself in some trouble in the third when ASU loaded the bases on hit, walk and U-M error; but Driesenga got cleanup hitter Haley Steele to ground out to end the inning and the threat.

Two innings later in the fifth, the Sun Devils once again loaded the bases, this time on three infield singles. Knapp started the defensive highlight of the game for the Wolverines when she fielded a sharp grounder and threw home to start a 5-2-3 double play. Following an intentional walk to load the bases, Driesenga struck out the next batter to get out of the inning.

Michigan's only offense came via the long ball. Freshman Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) pounded an opposite-field, two-run home run to give the Wolverines the lead in the third. The Maize and Blue put runners on in every inning save for the seventh but only needed Romero's two runs batted in to take the game.

Driesenga finished with five strikeouts while scattering seven hits. The performance is her 24th complete game of the season and eighth shutout. She improves her record to 31-8.

The Maize and Blue returns to the field Sunday (June 2) in the WCWS against Washington at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CDT, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. The Wolverines previously defeated the Huskies, 6-1, on March 14 at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423

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