Sweet leads Michigan with big bat
Freshman crushes three-run homer, helps U-M to eight-run fifth
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Powered by an eight-run fifth inning, No. 20 Michigan shut out Michigan State 8-0 in five innings on Saturday afternoon at Secchia Field.
Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner got the shutout win, allowing just two hits with no walks and two strikeouts. The Michigan offense totaled eight hits on the afternoon, led by a two-hit performance from senior centerfielder Bree Evans, as six different Wolverines tallied a hit. Freshman catcher Lauren Sweet went 1 for 3 with three runs batted in on a home run and junior shortstop Amy Knapp was 1 for 3 with two RBI.
The Maize and Blue strung together an eight-run fifth inning, scoring six of the runs with two outs. With runners on second and third, Wagner singled through the left side to plate Michigan's first two runs of the contest. After senior first baseman Amanda Chidester was intentionally walked for the second time, junior second baseman Ashley Lane doubled over the rightfielder's head for another run.
With Lane on second, freshman Sara Driesenga was hit by a pitch and sophomore pinch hitter Taylor Hasselbach drew a walk to load the bases for Knapp. The junior singled in two Wolverines as Michigan's lead grew to 5-0. Sweet came to the plate with runners at the corners and bashed a three-run roundtripper to straightaway center to complete U-M's eight-run inning.
Michigan State went down in order in its half of the fifth as the Wolverines came away with the run-rule victory.