Sweet shines at dish as No. 9 Michigan rallies to beat No. 20 Nebraska 5-3
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A four-run seventh inning, keyed by Lauren Sweet's two-run single, gave No. 9 Michigan a 5-3 comeback win against No. 20 Nebraska on Saturday at Bowlin Stadium.
The Wolverines (41-8, 17-1 Big Ten), who had their nation-best 22-game winning streak snapped the day before, entered the final frame trailing 3-1 with only four hits through six innings. Jaclyn Crummey led off with a pinch-hit walk. Michigan then loaded the bases on consecutive walks to Sierra Romero and Caitlin Blanchard. Ashley Lane, batting .385 with the bases loaded, hit a high chopper off the pitcher's glove to score Crummey with her sixth hit and 14th run batted in with the bases loaded.
The next batter, Sierra Lawrence, checked her swing and hit a nubber down the third-base line; she beat the throw for Michigan's second consecutive infield hit and the game-tying run.
One batter later, Sweet fell behind 1-2 before working the count full. She drove a single back through the middle, scoring Lane and Lawrence to give Michigan its first lead of the game. The hit was the third of the day for Sweet.
Haylie Wagner shut the door in the seventh, earning her 17th win of the season and seventh complete game. The southpaw struck out five and walked just one Cornhusker.
Nebraska (36-11, 13-5 Big Ten) started the scoring with single two runs in the second and another in the fifth before Sweet put Michigan's first run on the board in the sixth inning with a double that scored Lane.