No. 9/8 Michigan Sweeps Indiana in Big Ten Softball Doubleheader
April 22, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana could not contain No. 9/8 Michigan's hot bats as the Wolverines swept a Big Ten doubleheader on Sunday, April 22, 9-0 and 11-0 at the IU Softball Field. Both games ended in five innings.
In game one, Michigan (37-8, 8-2 Big Ten) scored three runs in three different innings and held Indiana (20-27, 1-13 Big Ten) to just one hit. Junior Tory Yamaguchi had the Hoosiers' lone base knock with a single to right that led off the bottom of the second inning. A sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison to second, but U-M starter Lorilyn Wilson got a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
The Hoosiers' seemed to be in business in the bottom of the first, putting a pair of runners on before Michigan could record an out as Julia Hamilton and Sarah Padove earned consecutive walks to lead off the frame. The Wolverines worked out trouble, however, getting a pair of popups and a strikeout to dodge an early bullet.
Michigan made IU pay almost immediately, scoring a trio of unearned runs in the top half of the next inning. After Indiana starter Jennifer Moore got a pair of quick outs, she walked Allison Kidman with two down. The inning should have ended on the next batter, but a Hoosier fielding error prolonged the frame, and the floodgates opened. Maggie Viefhaus followed with a single to center, and center fielder Kim Richards' throw home was in time to nab Kidman, but Yamaguchi could not hold on, allowing the first run to score. Alessandra Giampaolo followed with a double to center to score Viefhaus and Molly Bausher.
The Wolverines would add three more in the third inning, getting the first on a solo home run from Samantha Findlay that cleared the scoreboard in left center. A walk and a fielder's choice put runners on first and second before IU got an out at third on another fielder's choice. Kidman would then single to load the bases, and U-M would tack on another run on an RBI grounder by Angie Danis. The bases would stay loaded, however, as an IU throwing error allowed Danis to reach. Indiana would limit the damage, though, turning an unconventional double play to end the inning. Viefhaus scorched a single that went off Padove's glove and into right field, allowing Teddi Ewing to score, but right fielder Jennifer Glueckert fired the ball into the infield, where Rachel Terry cut it off. Noticing that Bausher had strayed too far off second on the play, Terry threw to shortstop Emily Bergeson, who got Bausher in a rundown. With Bergeson giving chase, Bausher went out of the baseline to avoid her tag, resulting in an out. Meanwhile, Kidman took off from third, but Bergeson alertly threw to Yamaguchi to get the out at home, ending the inning.
Indiana would get a pair of baserunners in the bottom of the frame, as Padove was hit by a pitch with one out and Jennilee Huddleston drew a two-out walk. The Hoosiers were unable to score, however, as Wilson again got a strikeout to get out of trouble.
Angela Findlay's three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning pushed the Wolverines' lead to 9-0.
Wilson earned the win, improving to 20-4 with 4 innings of one-hit work. She walked three and struck out six. Moore fell to 5-9 with the loss, as she allowed nine runs, six earned, on eight hits and four walks in 5 innings.
Viefhaus was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI for the Wolverines, who rapped out eight hits in the game.
Game two was more of the same, as Michigan tallied three runs in the bottom of the first inning on Tiffany Worthy's three-run home run off the scoreboard. The Wolverines were far from done, as they batted around to score five more runs in the second inning. Giampaolo, Rebekah Milian and Amanda Findlay all had RBI singles in the frame.
Just like in game one, Indiana had a pair of baserunners in the first inning, but could not convert. Huddleston dropped a single down the right field line with one out, and Yamaguchi followed with a single through the right side one out later. U-M starter Nikki Nemitz would get the out she needed, however, coaxing a grounder to second to end the frame.
The Hoosiers also got a runner to second in the second inning, as Janetta Deaven led off with a single up the middle, and went to second on a Bergeson sacrifice. Nemitz struck out the next two batters to again escape trouble.
Trailing 8-0 entering the third, IU again put two runners on base, with Huddleston singling up the middle and Yamaguchi drawing a walk, but Nemitz again got a strikeout to escape unscathed.
Michigan posted three more runs in the bottom of the fourth on Ewing's two-run single and a sacrifice fly from Roya St. Claire.
Nemitz upped her record to 17-4 on the season, as she allowed just four hits and a walk in 5 innings of work. She struck out eight. IU starter Monica Wright dropped to 13-16, allowing 11 runs on 12 hits and a walk in 4 innings.
Milian was 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs to pace Michigan's 12-hit attack, while Huddleston was 2-for-3 for the Hoosiers.
Indiana returns to action on Wednesday, April 25, with a doubleheader at Kentucky starting at 4 p.m.
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