Big innings lead Michigan, EMU softball teams to wins over in-state foes
A nine-run sixth inning led the Michigan softball team to a 10-2, mercy-rule shortened win at Central Michigan on Tuesday.
Lyndsay Doyle scored twice in the big inning, which saw 14 Michigan batters step to the plate. She led off the frame with a single and scored on an Amanda Chidester double to give the Wolverines a 2-1 lead.
By the time Doyle came to the plate again one out and two Central Michigan pitchers later, Michigan led 6-1. Her bunt single loaded the bases, setting up RBIs by Nicole Sappingfield, Chidester and Ashley Lane.
Sappingfield finished 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI for the Wolverines (31-11), extending her hit streak to 10 games. Haylie Wagner earned the win in relief of Sara Driesenga. Both freshmen pitchers allowed one run on five hits in three innings of work. (Boxscore)
Central Michigan (20-19) starter Kara Dornbos, who didn't allow a baserunner through three innings, took the loss after allowing five runs in five innings. Molly Coldren went 3-for-3 with a home run and a stolen base for the Chippewas.
Eastern Michigan 8-7, Detroit 0-1: The Eagles (19-24) scored seven runs in the third inning of the opener, including a two-run single by McKenna Russ and a two-run double by Kaylee Tolliver. Jessica Richards was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Jenna Ignowski allowed four hits for EMU. No. 8 hitter Courtney Nicholson paced the Eagles In the second game, contributing an RBI single in the second inning, a solo home run in the fourth and an RBI double in the fifth. Winning pitcher Lauren Wells threw a two-hitter. (Details)