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Posted on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 9:27 p.m.

Western Michigan softball team shuts out Michigan 1-0 and more Wednesday results

By Staff

The Western Michigan University softball team handed Michigan its first April loss and first loss at Alumni Field this season.

Meredith Whitney pitched a four-hit shutout, and Gracie Barstad’s two-out single scored Mackenzie Shepeck in the top of the sixth inning as the Broncos (18-12) beat the Wolverines (27-11) 1-0 on Wednesday.

Whitney struck out five for the complete-game victory. (Boxscore)

Sara Driesenga took the loss, allowing the earned run on five hits with two strikeouts in seven innings. Nicole Sappingfield was 2-for-3 with a double for the Wolverines.

More softball

Eastern Michigan 6, Michigan State 3: In East Lansing, the Eagles (16-21) beat the Spartans for the first time in almost six years behind Lauren Wells’ pitching and Amanda Stanton’s hitting. Wells (3-9) allowed two earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings, and Stanton was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.


Toledo 6, Michigan 2: At the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium, the Rockets jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the third inning and never relinquished the lead to send the Wolverines (15-19) to their third straight loss. Mark Lapikas was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for the Rockets, and Alec Schmenk allowed one earned run on five hits with one strikeout in five innings to earn the victory. Kolby Wood allowed three earned runs on three hits to take the loss, and John DiLauria was 2-for-5 with a double for Michigan.

Eastern Michigan 13, Michigan State 5: Eastern Michigan’s 12-run outburst in the third inning extended the Eagles’ win streak to four during their victory Wednesday at McLane Stadium in East Lansing. Matt Hitt was 1-for-4 with a three-run home run, and Brian Valente allowed three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in five innings to earn his first victory of the season for the Eagles (14-18, 6-3 Mid-American Conference).