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Posted on Sat, Mar 26, 2011 : 6:19 p.m.

Michigan softball wins Big Ten opener; U-M at MSU baseball canceled and more Saturday results

By AnnArbor.com Staff

The Michigan softball team opened its Big Ten season in dramatic fashion.

Sophomore shortstop Amy Knapp’s solo home run in the top of the seventh inning led the No. 4-ranked Wolverines to a 2-1 win at Northwestern on Saturday.

Knapp’s blast over the left field fence was one of only four Michigan (30-2) hits against Northwestern (14-8) pitcher Jessica Smith. Marley Powers had an RBI single in the fifth inning.

Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor did Smith one better. She allowed three hits while striking out nine Wildcats batters in a complete-game win. (Boxscore)

"It was tough for both teams. Both pitchers just did their part,” Michigan coach Carol Hutchins told MGoBlue.com. “I thought Jordan [Taylor] was outstanding on a day when, after five minutes on the field, I've got on batting gloves and hand warmers and I still can't feel my hands. I just think that Jordan was the toughest player on the field today."

The teams play again at 2 p.m. Sunday in Evanton, Ill.

MORE SOFTBALL Eastern Michigan 8, Austin Peay 3: Sarah Gerber led the Eagles’ 14-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. (Details)

BASEBALL Michigan’s game at Michigan State was canceled due to “unsafe field conditions.” It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday at Michigan’s Ray Fisher Stadium, beginning at 1 p.m.

Eastern Michigan 5, Buffalo 1: Eastern starter Corey Chaffins allowed one run on three hits over six innings. Tucker Rubino had two of the Eagles’ five hits, including an RBI double in the second inning. (Details)

WOMEN’S TENNIS Michigan 6, Indiana 1: The No. 5-ranked Wolverines won five of six singles matches to improve to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play. (Details)

WOMEN’S WATER POLO Michigan 9, Indiana 8: Junior Meagan Cobb scored the game-winning goal as the No. 7 Wolverines won at No. 12 Indiana. Lauren Colton scored three goals for Michigan. (Details)

WOMEN’S ROWING Ohio State 6:0.2, Michigan 6:42.3: The No. 11-ranked Wolverines fell in all of the varsity races in their first dual race of the spring season. (Details)

Clemson Regatta: Eastern Michigan finished behind host Clemson and Northeastern in each of three varsity races. (Details)

MEN’S TRACK FSU Relays: Michigan’s Austin DeWildt (pole vault), Nick Neuman (400 dash), Ali Arastu (400 hurdles), Zach Ornelas (steeplechase) and the 4x400 relay team all won events at the two-day meet in Tallahassee, Fla. (Details)

WOMEN’S TRACK FSU Relays: Michigan won one event (Kari Prena, discus) and had 10 top-five finishes. (Details)

Raliegh Relays: A third-place finish in the 4x200 relay was Eastern Michigan’s best finish. (Details)