May 14, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- After helping the University of Michigan softball team to its fifth consecutive Big Ten title with two wins in the circle against Purdue this past weekend (Fri-Sat., May 11-12), freshman LHP Haylie Wagner (Orange, Calif./El Modena) was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Monday (May 14). It is the fifth time this season she has won the award.
Wagner went 2-0 on the weekend, making an appearance in each of the three games against Purdue. She went the distance in a 2-1 win on Friday night (May 11), giving up just one run on six hits with five strikeouts. She also picked up a run batted in after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to account for U-M's first tally of the game.
The freshman threw 4.0 scoreless innings in an 8-0 win over Purdue on Saturday afternoon (May 12), combining with senior LHP Hilary Payne (Plymouth, Mich./Canton) for the shutout. Wagner allowed just one hit and struck out three without allowing a walk. She also helped her own cause, hitting her first career grand slam in the first inning to jumpstart the U-M offense.
The Wolverines earned the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and are making their 18th consecutive and 20th overall appearance in the national tournament. U-M will participate in the Louisville Regional along with No. 15 seed and host Louisville, Kentucky and Valparaiso. First up for the Maize and Blue is Kentucky on Friday (May 18) at 4:30 p.m. All games of the regional will appear on ESPN2.
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