Michigan's World Series Run Ends with Loss to Washington
Amy Knapp

June 2, 2013

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Site: Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
Event: Women's College World Series (Day 3)
Score: #11 Washington 4, #7 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (51-13), Washington (45-16)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan softball team was upended by a four-run sixth inning from the No. 11-ranked Washington Huskies that started with a deflected ball off sophomore starting pitcher Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) and went on to drop the game, 4-1, today (Sunday, June 2) at the Women's College World Series held at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The loss eliminates the Wolverines from the WCWS and ends their season with a 51-13 record.

With two runners on in the sixth, an infield single by UW's Kimberlee Souza ricocheted off Driesenga's leg and turned the tide of a game that Michigan was leading 1-0. Souza's scorcher bounced off Driesenga and went into no-man's land in shallow leftfield. One run came around to score, followed by a second on a Michigan throwing error. The Huskies scored twice more on two more hits in the frame to take a 4-1 lead.

Until that point, Driesenga had put together a stretch of 13 straight scoreless innings in the WCWS. The righty pitched her seventh complete game of the NCAA tournament and third straight in the WCWS. She struck out three, walked two and yielded seven hits. She finshed the season with a 31-9 record.

Speed was a huge factor for Michigan's run in the fifth inning. With freshman Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) on third following a steal of second and a wild pitch, senior Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mi./Dakota) pounded a pitch into the dirt and raced up the first-base line. She beat the throw, and Lawrence scored for the first run of the game. Crummey finished the game with two hits.

Michigan could not come up with any more runs to equalize Washington's sixth inning.

Today's game was the final one for seniors Crummey, Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore), Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) and Stephanie Speierman (Columbia, Md./Hammond). The quartet finished with an overall record of 195-74 and was a part of four straight Big Ten championships, three Regional titles (2010, '12, '13) and one World Series appearance (2013).

This Michigan squad ends the year with a 51-13 record, a Big Ten championship and the 10th WCWS appearance in program history, which ranks seventh among Division 1 programs.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423

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