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'M' keeps
rolling behind
Sophomore takes nearly eight frames.
"It was James Bourque
no-hitter into the night," said Michigan coach Erik
- h n Bakich. "He was on. Everything
was on. He had a terrific night
dominant outing and he's the reason we won the
Bourque pitched a total of 7.2
By SHANNON LYNCH innings, giving up his first hit in
Daily Sports Writer the top of the eighth. With good
command of three pitches - fast-
The Michigan baseball team ball, curveball and his change-up
is hot. - Bourque tallied a career-high
Tuesday, the Wolverines eight strikeouts.
recorded their 10th consecutive "The real story of the day was
win, defeating Notre Dame 8-2 James Bourque coming out and
at Ray Fisher Stadium. The game really controlling the game," said
featured a sophomore designated hitter
number of NOTRE DAME 2 Kevin White, who had a perfect
outstand- MICHIGAN 8 game at the plate. "I was happy
ing per- to help win the game for him."
formances, like sophomore It looked like Bourque was
right hander James Bourque, going to pitch a no-hitter, until
who worked a no-hitter into the top of the seventh, when
second baseman Eric Jacobson
BY1T EUM4BERS missed a line drive through cen-
Michigan on a rolter.
The play was eventually ruled
lfl an error, not a hit, keeping hopes
of a no-hitter alive.
Consecutiveewins for Michigan, a streak "It was pretty suspenseful,
spanning twoweeks. but kind of a fun little ride," said
Bourque. "I know that everybody
was watching, all my teammates
were watching, trying to tell
} them to make it an error."
Straight games for the pitching staff of While Bourque was without
three or fewer runs allowed a doubt the player to watch, his
play was complemented by a
dominant batting performance.
The Wolverine batters were
Outs recorded by James Bourque on on point at the plate. Offensive
Tuesday before allowing a hit. production began with sopho-
more outfielder Zach Zott, who
..4 blasted a solo home run in the
bottom of the second inning, his
Kevin Whites day at the plate. The sopho~ second of the season.
more third baseman scored two runs. White went 4-for-4 with three

Sophomore right-hander James Bourque wasn't perfect on Tuesday, but he was close. He struck out eight batters in 7.2 innings and surrendered just one hit.

singles, a double and two runs
scored, and sophomore catcher
Cole Martin went 3-for-4 with
three hits and two RBI.
A slew of infield errors by
Notre Dame (4-8 Big Ten, 19-15
overall) gave the Wolverines
opportunities to score in nearly
every inning. Michigan (7-2 Big
Ten, 21-14 overall) outshined
the Fighting Irish at the plate,
recording 13 hits in eight innings
of offensive play.
"Earlier in the year, we were
kind of looking at each other, try-
ing to figure out who would get
the big hit in the big situation,"
White said. "But now we come to
the field with more confidence,
and we know we're going to exe-
cute the game plan and put our-
selves in a good situation to win
the game."

The Michigan baseball team is
hot, but not on fire.
There's a difference, and
Bakich doesn't want that differ-
ence to go unnoticed.
"Once you start feeling good
about yourself, about where you
are, three to four weeks into Big
Ten play, that's when you get bit
in the butt," Bakich said. "We're
playing well right now, but we're
not playing our best."
The win marked Michigan's
13th straight game that the
pitching staff has allowed three
or fewer runs. The Wolverines
have recorded two shutouts over
the course of their 10-game win
streak, and they're tied for first
place in the Big Ten.
If this isn't their best, Michi-
gan baseball fans have a lot to
look forward to.

The Michigan baseball and softball teams have
combined for 28 consecutive victories. Here's a
closer look at the success on the diamond:
- Outscoring opponents 54-13
Team's longest winning streak since 2008 (16 games)
-First consecutive Big Ten sweeps since 2008
-Tied with Minnesota for first place in the Big Ten
-Outscoring opponents 176-49
13-0 in Big Ten play during streak
-Longest conference winning streak in the nation
- Averaging 7.62 runs per game, second in the nation


Senior second basemanAshley Lane connected on her 40th career home run Tuesday at Indiana in a 7-4 win.
Sogg by softball takes
one before cancellation

By NATE SELL before senior second baseman
Daily Sports Writer Ashley Lane hit a solo home run in
the third inning, to give the Wol-
The Michigan softball team verines a 2-0 lead.
traveled to Indiana on Tuesday, The long ball was Lane's 40th
where it played the Hoosiers career home run and her third
under ominous clouds all day long. home run in her last five at-bats.
The first game of what was sup- Later in the inning, Michigan
posed to be a doubleheader start- stretched its lead to four, after
ed at 2 p.m. Sweet hit a single with the bases
and after MICHIGAN 7 loaded to drive in two runs.
four-and-a- INDIANA 4 In the sixth inning, Indiana
half hours loaded the bases and drew a walk
in the rain, the Wolverines pulled off sophomore right-hander Hay-
out a 7-4 win in the ninth inning. lie Wagner. The Hoosiers fol-
The second game only reached lowed with a base hit, bringing
the bottom of the third, with them within two runs and forcing
Michigan up 4-0, before being Michigan coach Carol Hutchins
delayed multiple times and even- to bring in sophomore right-hand-
tually cancelled. er Sara Driesenga in relief of Wag-
In the first game, No. 9 Michi- ner. Indiana got one more base hit
gan (13-0 Big Ten, 36-7 overall) to score two more runs to tie the
jumped out to an early 4-0 lead game before the Wolverines got
over Indiana (3-10, 19-24). Sopho- out of the inning.
more catcher Lauren Sweet drove The rain started to come down
in a run in the second inning harder as the game went into

extra innings. The umpires sent
both teams to the dugouts in the
top of the ninth inning, and after
a short delay, the tarps came off
and Michigan's bats came alive.
The Wolverines scored quickly on
back-to-back singles from fresh-
man shortstop Sierra Romero
and junior first baseman Caitlin
Blanchard to go up by two.
Freshman outfielder Sierra
Lawrence added an RBI of her
own to push the score to 7-4.
The Wolverines made it through
the bottom of the ninth without
allowing a run, and came away
with their 18th straight win.
Michigan's bats stayed hot in
the second game. Blanchard drove
in a run in the first and Romero hit
a bases-clearing double in the sec-
ond inning with the bases loaded
to put the Wolverines up 4-0.
Then the rains came, and after
several delays, the game was can-


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