Michigan softball uses 4 home runs to blitz Ohio State; EMU baseball wins high-scoring game at WMU
The Michigan softball team matched a season-high with four home runs as it crushed Ohio State, 10-2, Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
Freshman Sara Driesenga hit solo shots to lead off the second and seventh innings while freshman catcher Lauren Sweet hit a three-run homer in a five-run third inning and junior second baseman Ashley Lane added a three-run shot in the fifth.
The Wolverines are now 9-1 this season when hitting two or more home runs, according to MGoBlue.com.
Ohio State’s two runs came on a two-run home run by Alicia Herron in the first inning of a game between the Big Ten’s second-place teams.
Michigan (25-10, 6-1) freshman pitcher Haylie Wagner would only allow four Buckeye baserunners the rest of the way. She struck out 10 batters while improving to 18-4 on the season.
The Wolverines chased Ohio State (23-12, 5-2) starter Mikayla Endicott after three innings. She allowed nine earned runs on nine hits.
With the win, Michigan climbs within a half game of league-leading Purdue (23-10, 6-0), which plays a three-game series at Indiana on Saturday and Sunday.
Michigan and Ohio State wrap up their weekend series with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Saturday in Columbus.
Eastern Michigan 2-0, Northern Illinois 0-4: Jessica Richards scored her school-record 123rd run for the Eagles (15-19, 4-2) in the first game of the Mid-American Conference doubleheader split. (Details)
Eastern Michigan 15, Western Michigan 14: The Eagles scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning, including a two-run double by Sam Ott, for a wild MAC win in Kalamazoo. Brent Ohrman was 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs for the Eagles (11-18, 4-3). Ott, Ben Magsig and Matt Hitt had three hits apiece. Jared Kujawa went 5-for-6 with four RBIs and three runs for the Broncos (14-12, 5-1), who led 5-0 after four innings. Both teams scored five runs in the sixth inning. (Details)
Women's water polo
Michigan 16, George Washington 4: Kiki Golden, Lauren Colton, Claire Ivry, Audrey Pratt and Meagan Cobb each scored two goals for the No. 13-ranked Wolverines (13-10), who led 11-0 by halftime. (Details)
Eastern Michigan 5, Northern Illinois 2: Nino Mebuke's 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles led the Eagles to a MAC road win. (Details)