Michigan softball pounds Ohio State in doubleheader sweep; U-M, EMU baseball both win
Amanda Chidester drove in seven runs and pitcher Jordan Taylor was in control throughout the Michigan softball team’s sweep of Ohio State on Wednesday night.
Chidester hit a grand slam in the second inning of a 9-1 win in the opener and her RBI single in the sixth inning of the second game was the final margin in an 8-0 win. Both games were mercy-rule shortened after six innings.
Taylor allowed three hits in 12 innings of work while earning both wins from the circle. She walked two Buckeyes and struck out 18.
A fourth-inning RBI double by Evelyn Carillo was the Buckeyes’ only hit in the first game and the only run scored against Taylor in the doubleheader.
Chidester came just shy of another grand slam in the second game. Her bases-loaded drive to the warning track in right brought home Lyndsay Doyle.
Two other Wolverines did clear the fence. Alycia Lane hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the opener and Ashley Ryan hit solo home runs in the second and fifth innings of the second game.
The wins pull Michigan (47-4, 14-2) into a first-place tie with idle Indiana (34-15, 14-2) with four Big Ten games remaining.
BASEBALL Michigan 5, Notre Dame 3 (10 inn.): Garrett Stephens hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the 10th inning to give the Wolverines (15-28) a home-and-home sweep of Notre Dame (16-23-1). The Irish loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning but freshman reliever Jake Engels entered the game and struck out Joe Hudson to end the game for his third save of the season. Coley Crank hit a fourth-inning home run for Michigan and Patrick Biondi had an RBI single in the fifth. Herman Petzold went 3-for-5 for Notre Dame and scored two runs, including one in the bottom of the ninth that forced extra innings. (Details)
Eastern Michigan 6, Louisville 2: The Eagles scored six unearned runs in the top of the third inning and held on to win their second game at Louisville in as many days. Two Louisville errors helped load the bases and a Sam Ott drove in three runs. Ken Battiston and Brent Ohrman added RBI singles. Jordan Glover picked up the win, allowing two runs on eight hits in six innings. The Eagles (30-15) reached the 30-win plateau for the first time since 2004. (Details)