Michigan softball team sweeps Wisconsin, U-M baseball splits at Iowa and more Saturday results
Updated 10:31 p.m.
Ashley Lane was 0-for-9 with the bases loaded this season.
The junior second baseman’s change of fortune led the Michigan softball team to a 5-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader sweep Saturday at Wisconsin.
Lane’s grand slam to center field highlighted a five-run third inning for the Wolverines, who would later pound out 14 hits in a 7-5 victory in the second game in Madison, Wis.
Freshman pitcher Haylie Wagner won both games. She threw a complete-game, seven-hitter in the opener before pitching 4 2/3 innings of relief in the second game, when she allowed four runs on four hits.
In the first game, Michigan (36-15, 15-5 Big Ten) spread out six hits by six different batters. In the second game, the top three hitters in the Wolverines’ lineup did most of the damage.
Leadoff hitter Bree Evans went 3-for-4 with three runs and a stolen base, No. 2 hitter Nicole Sappingfield went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI, and No. 3 hitter Amanda Chidester was 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.
It was Chidester’s second four-hit game of the season and third of her career, according to MGoBlue.com.
Cleanup hitter Sara Driesenga drew three walks while going 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Whitney Massey went 4-for-7, with three RBIs in the doubleheader for Wisconsin (33-17, 12-8).
Central Michigan 5, Eastern Michigan 1: Central Michigan (25-25, 10-10 MAC West) pitcher Kara Dornos limited the Eagles (21-33, 7-14) to four hits and Molly Coldren drove in three runs, including a two-run home run. Kaylee Tolliver’s solo homer in the third inning accounted for EMU’s lone run. The teams meet again at 1 p.m. Sunday in Mount Pleasant. (Details)
Michigan 8, Iowa 2 (10 inn.); Iowa 7, Michigan 2: The Wolverines scored twice in the ninth inning of the opener to force extra innings and won it with a six-run tenth inning. Michael O’Neill went 3-for-6, including a two-run double in the tenth. Patrick Biondi was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Matt Ogden won the game with 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief. Iowa pitcher Sasha Kuebel threw a six-hit complete game in the second game to allow the Hawkeyes to avoid a weekend sweep. (Details)
Eastern Michigan 6, Bowling Green 0: Junior right hander Steve Weber pitched his second complete-game shutout in three starts. Three of Bowling Green’s four hits were infield singles. Matt Hitt went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, including a solo home run in the second inning. Brent Ohrman was 2-for-5 with a double and team-best 32nd RBI of the season. (Details)
North Carolina 19, Michigan 5: The Wolverines concluded their inaugural season with a 1-13 record after a loss to No. 5-ranked North Carolina (11-5). The Tar Heels led 10-2 by halftime. The five goals matched Michigan's low output of the season. (Details)
MAC Championship: Eastern Michigan (895) remained in second place, although Kent State (855) extended its lead from 30 to 40 strokes after the third round in Sugar Grove, Ill. EMU’s Brian Churchill-Smith and Derek East are tied for 10th place individually at 221. Kent State has three of the top four individuals. (Details)