Michigan softball mercy-rules Purdue, Boilermakers rally for baseball win and more Saturday results
Amanda Chidester had never lost a regular season game at Alumni Field before last weekend. She quickly made sure it wouldn’t happen again Saturday.
The Michigan softball team’s junior third baseman hit a first-inning grand slam and added a three-run home run in the third inning as the Wolverines beat Purdue 13-1 in a mercy-rule shortened five-inning game.
After having a nearly-three year home win streak snapped last weekend by Indiana, the Wolverines (34-3, 2-1 Big Ten) pounced on Purdue for six runs in the first inning.
The first three hitters of the game reached base against Purdue (24-9, 2-1 Big Ten) starter Suzie Rzegocki before Chidester brought them all home with a blast to center field.
After being hit by a pitch and scoring in Michigan’s two-run second inning, her shot to left in the third inning scored Nicole Sappingfield and Dorian Shaw for the second time in the game.
Ashley Lane followed Chidester’s third-inning home run with a solo shot of her own to give Michigan a 12-1 lead. A fourth-inning Ashley Knapp home run accounted for the Wolverines’ final run.
"I love to see us break out. I thought we had a lot of just great cuts. Whether we hit it or miss it, I just want good cuts," coach <strong>Carol Hutchins told MGoBlue.com. I think they were aggressive and more than anything, hitting is contagious. You get a couple kids whacking it, it's easier for everyone else to whack it.
Purdue also scored quickly, getting a leadoff triple from Molly Garst in the top of the first inning followed by an RBI single from Andie Varsho. But Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor (18-3) would allow only two more hits the rest of the way and struck out eight Boilermakers.
The Wolverines host Purdue again at 2 p.m. Sunday.
MORE SOFTBALL Eastern Michigan 7-13, Toledo 0-1: The host Eagles scored 20 runs on 24 hits in their Mid-American Conference doubleheader sweep. They scored all 13 of the second-game runs in the bottom of the first inning, five of them driven in by Nellie Coquillard. (Details)
BASEBALL Purdue 4, Michigan 2: The host Boilermakers scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning for the Big Ten win. Michigan starter Bobby Brosnahan (Pioneer) was solid through six innings, but loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh. Freshman reliever Alex Lakatos gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Stephen Talbott and Cameron Perkins and Purdue added two sacrifice flies. (Details)
Kent State 1, Eastern Michigan 0: A Travis Shaw RBI single in the fifth inning was the game-winner for Kent State in a pitchers’ duel between the Golden Flashes’ Kyle Hallock (five hits over seven innings) and Eastern’s Corey Chaffins (eight hits in 7 2/3 innings). Leadoff hitter Ken Battiston had two of the Eagles’ five hits. (Details)
WOMEN’S TENNIS Michigan 7, Ohio State 0: The No. 10-ranked Wolverines swept Ohio State in their first match of the season played outdoors at the Varsity Tennis Center. It’s the sixth straight win for Michigan. (Details)
Eastern Michigan 4, Buffalo 3: EMU No. 1 singles player, Miriam Westerink, retired with an injury but the Eagles still salvaged a home-court MAC victory. (Details)
WOMEN’S WATER POLO Michigan 8, Hartwick 7: Sophomore Kiki Golden scored five goals, including the game winner with 33 seconds remaining as the No. 6-ranked Wolverines clinched their 10th consecutive CWPA division title with a win at the Bison Tournament. (Details)
WOMEN'S TRACK Johnson/Joyner Invitational: Lauren Young won the high jump for Michigan while Erin Pendleton and Allison Liske went 1-2 in the discus on Saturday. The Wolverines ended the three-day event with five victories. (Details)
Miami Invitational: Asia Rawls (400 hurdles) and Shnell Wishart (triple jump) picked up wins for Eastern Michigan and the Eagles finished fourth out of 15 teams. (Details)
MEN'S TRACK Johnson/Joyner Invitational: Cody Riffle (shot put), Matthew Campbell (100 dash) and Ali Arastu (400 hurdles) won events for Michigan on Saturday. Campbell, who also won the 200 dash on Friday, joined Arastu, Aaron Taylor and Troy Sneller to win the 4x400 relay. (Details)