Michigan women's tennis wins Big Ten title, Zack Leonard becomes EMU baseball's all-time hits leader and more Saturday results
The Michigan women’s tennis team completed its domination of the Big Ten Conference on Saturday, beating second-place Northwestern 6-1 to wrap up its second straight regular season title.
The No. 10-ranked Wolverines (20-3, 10-0) won the doubles point and the top five singles flights at the Varsity Tennis Center. No. 17 Northwestern (16-7, 8-1) got its only point at No. 6 singles.
"We are really excited with the win. It was really cool that it came down to this match. You could have looked at our schedule from the beginning and guess that it would come down to this match, and it was great that everything fell into place so that happened,” Michigan coach Ronni Bernstein told MGoBlue.com.
“Northwestern is such a great team, and we needed to play our best. I am really proud of the girls. They responded and they handled the pressure so well. Everyone, top to bottom, did such a great job."
Michigan swept its Big Ten opponents by a combined 66-4 score and didn’t surrender more than one point to any team.
The Wolverines host and will be the No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Tournament, which runs Thursday through Sunday.
BASEBALL Iowa 13-1, Michigan 7-2: After losing a six-run lead in the first game, Michigan salvaged a split of the Big Ten doubleheader in Iowa City when Michael O’Neill hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning. Sophomore Kyle Clark earned the win, allowing one run on nine hits through 7 2/3 innings. Alex Lakatos threw 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief to earn his second save. Michigan (12-25, 5-6) led the first game 6-0 after three innings but Iowa scored 11 runs in the middle three innings, including seven in the fourth. (Details)
Eastern Michigan 4-6, Western Michigan 2-1: Senior Zack Leonard had three hits in the Eagles' Mid-American Conference doubleheader sweep, giving him a school-record 275 hits for his career. Senior left hander Robert Wendzicki threw his first career complete game, a four-hitter, in the first game. Senior right hander Corey Chaffins allowed six hits through seven innings to win the second game. The Eagles' Brent Ohrman, Daniel Russell and Tucker Rubino all had four hits on the day. (Details)
Madonna 4-5, Concordia 2-9: Thomas Sperry went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI and Derek Knuth drove in a pair of run as Concordia salvaged a doubleheader split with a second-game win. The Cardinals were held to four hits in the opener. (Boxscore 1 | Boxscore 2)
SOFTBALL Iowa 4, Michigan 2: Visiting Iowa jumped on Michigan starter Stephanie Spierman early, scoring three runs in the first three innings, and the No. 1-ranked Wolverines (41-4, 9-2 Big Ten) left the bases loaded in the third and fourth innings. Jenny Schuelke hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give Iowa (26-16, 8-3) an early lead. Nicole Sappingield drove in both of Michigan’s runs with a double in the third inning. The teams meet again at 2 p.m. Sunday at Alumni Field. (Details)
Ohio 3, Eastern Michigan 1: The Eagles’ four-run sixth inning rally was wiped out when heavy rain and lightning stopped the game and the score reverted to the end of the fifth inning. Jessica Edwards was 3-for-3 for Eastern Michigan. (Details)
WOMEN’S GOLF MAC Championship: Eastern Michigan moved into second place after the second day of play at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio. The Eagles are five strokes behind defending champion Kent State heading into Sunday’s final round. (Details)
WOMEN’S ROWING OSU Invite: No. 15 Michigan won five of its eight races against No. 11 Ohio State and split four races with No. 17 Washington State in its final regular season event. (Details)