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Wolverines take two of three

By ZACH SHAW
Daily Sports Writer
The baseball curved further
and further to the right. Iowa
second baseman Jake Mangler -
who made spectacular plays all
weekend - looked primed to save
the game IOWA 3
for the MICHIGAN 2
Hawkeyes.
Yet the IOWA 2
ball kept MICHIGAN 4
drifting to
the right, IOWA 5
eventually MICHIGAN 6
landing just
out of reach in shallow right field
to a splash of turf pellets.
As freshman outfielder
Jackson Lamb barreled around
to score, the Michigan baseball
team burst out of the dugout.
A weekend of shining moments
and dark spots had come to
an end, and the Wolverines
charged toward first base to
celebrate the brightest moment
of the weekend.
Junior outfielder Jackson
Glines had just delivered a
walk-off hit to lift Michigan to
a 6-5 victory over Iowa, giving
the Wolverines (3-3 Big Ten,
11-15-1 overall) a much-needed
series win and their fourth win
in five games.
"I went up there knowing we
needed a big hit," Glines said.
"I'm the three-hitter, and that's
what I'm supposed to do."
For much of Sunday, it looked
like the hero would be left-
hander Trent Szkutnik. With a
fastball that teetered into the
90s and a crippling curveball,
the junior stifled the Big Ten's
second-best offense, limitingthe
Hawkeyes (3-3, 15-9) to just four
hits and striking out six in seven
innings of work.
When Szkutnik jogged into
the dugout after his seventh
inning, the crowd stood and
cheered. After building a 5-0
lead, it appeared just a few
formalities stood in the way of
the Wolverines winning their

BASEBALL
Slowing down Iowa
key in series victory
By BEN FIDELMAN "Martin has a strong arm,
Daily Sports Writer blocks and receives well,"
Bakich said. "You don't see
The scouting report was them with long, slow leg times
clear for the Michigan baseball to the plate. Cole gets rid of the
team's series against Iowa: The ball quickly and accurately, and
Hawkeyes can hit and run as when we need to disrupt the
well as anyone in the conference. rhythm of the baserunners, we
If you can stop them, you have a do."
shot at winning. Saturday's starter,sophomore
The Hawkeyes came into left hander Evan Hill, is among
the weekend the conference
with the leaders in
second-best pickoffs.
team batting "A lot of guys don't That proved
average in effective, as
the Big Ten at run on lefties." none of the
.306, leading seven runners
the conference who reached
with 36 stolen base during
bases. Hill's 5.2 innings came around
But the Wolverines put a stop to score.
to that. "We have looks and specific
Michigan answered the call, long-holds to try and mix up
holding Iowa to a .215 batting when we're going to pitch and
average and just two stolen when we're going to pick," Hill
bases as it took two of three said.
games in the weekend series. Two of the three Wolverine
In a schedule that has starting pitchers are left-
seen Michigan play 20 games handers - a luxury many teams
decided by two runs or fewer, can't afford. That, along with
the outcome is often decided their defensive traits, combined
by whoever wins the battle on to mute Iowa's offense.
the base paths. It's inevitable "I think it's a huge help
that runners will reach base, (having two lefties)," Martin
but winning teams stop the said. "We've had three or four
bleeding quickly and minimize guys that have left first early and
the damage of those runners - we just picked over and got them
two things that the Wolverines out without the other team even
have done well all year. having to touch the ball, which
This weekend followed suit, is great. A lot of guys don't run
with all three games coming on lefties as it is, so having their
down to one or two runs. presence on the mound keeps
"We're comfortable in the people on first base."
pressure game," said Michigan And on the other side of
coach Erik Bakich. "For us, it's the ball, Michigan tore up the
no big deal - we're used to it." basepaths itself. The Wolverines
Led by the defense of senior took over the conference lead
catcher Cole Martin and strong in stolen bases, bringing their
pick-off moves from Michigan season total to 39.
pitchers, the Wolverines have The result on both ends
been able to stall multiple of the base paths was one of
teams that are known for their Michigan's best weekends of
aggression with runners. the season.

LUNA ANNA ARCY/Daily
Senior catcher Cole Martin helped limit Iowa's potent baserunners to only one steal throuthout the weekend series.

first home series of the season.
But after a long weekend,
the bullpen showed its fatigue
in the eighth. In a half-inning
that lasted nearly an hour, four
Michigan pitchers combined to
surrender three hits, five walks
and a five-run lead. After a
lifeless bottom half of the inning
on offense, the Wolverines were
deflated. With 10 of their losses
coming by two runs or fewer,
they were in the midst of an all-
too-familiar narrative.
But freshman right-hander
Brett Adcock bucked the trend.
After getting drilled by a line
drive, Adcock scurried around
before barely throwing out the
runner to end the top of the ninth
as the potential go-ahead run
crossed the plate.
"(Adcock) had a huge
toughness play for us," Bakich
said. "That would've been a
tough way to lose, but he got the

clutch play."
The bottom of the ninth began
quietly when Lamb drew the
game's 14th walk. Substitution
had forced Iowa to use its third-
string catcher. Lamb capitalized
on the lack of depth for the
Hawkeyes, putting himself on
second with a steal. A walk and
a ground out later, the scene was
set for Glines.
With two on, two outs, the
crowd on its feet and the game
on the line, Glines was ready to
shine. Glines pulled the 1-1 pitch
to right field for the win.
The hit wasn't blowing past
anyone, but on Sunday, it curved
just right.
What happened Friday:
Despite the moment in the sun,
the weekend didn't start bright
for Michigan. Friday, a damp day
in the upper 30s, the Wolverines'
bats were equally cold, mustering
just six hits to nine strikeouts,

wasting solid pitching and
defense in a 3-2 loss.
What happened Saturday:
A solid outing by sophomore
left hander Evan Hill kept them
in the game. After four quick
at-bats, the Wolverines had
tied the game and loaded the
bases with nobody out. Then
two quick outs made it look
like the offensive outburst was
nothing more than an anomaly,
but defensive substitute and
freshman infielder Trey Miller
had other plans.
"I don't get up there often, soI
don't wantto leta single strike go
by," Miller said. "I sawone Iliked,
and tried to put my hardestswing
into it. I've been working hard
all week, so I just had to trust my
training and trust myself."
Miller's trust paid off, and
his first career hit drove in two,
giving Michigan a 4-2 lead that
moments later tied the series.

Wolverines best
UC Davis in OT

Softball sweeps Nittany Lions

By MITCH BECKMAN
Daily Sports Writer
March Madness was alive and
well in Ann Arbor this weekend,
but the drama of the month
wasn't
relegated UC DAVIS 12
to the MICHIGAN 13
hardwood.
The Michigan women's
lacrosse team provided plenty of
excitement on the Big House turf
Sunday, winning over UC Davis
13-12 in a riveting four-overtime
marathon game, which lasted
almost two hours and 45 minutes.
The result was the program's first
ever win.
When freshman midfielder
Anna Schueler notched the
game-winning goal, the team
jubijantly streamed onto the
field, mobbing her in celebration.
This was the second time Sunday
the Wolverines had celebrated a
winninggoal.
The first time was after
midfielder Madeline Dion's
bounceshothittheback ofthenet
as time expired, but the referees
conferred and ruled that Dion's
goal went in after the buzzer,
sending the dejected Michigan
squad back to the bench.
Fourteen more minutes of
lacrosse and three goals later, the
result was the same. Freshman
attackman Tess Korten scored
her fifth ofthe daywith21seconds
left in the second overtime. Once
again, it seemed like Michigan
(1-8) would be winning its first-
ever game, but the Aggies (6-4)
controlled the draw and worked
the ball downfield to score with
seven seconds remaining.
Both teams had chances to end
it in the third OT, which, unlike
the first two, is a sudden-victory
format. Freshman goaltender
Allison Silber made her biggest
save of the game off a UC Davis
free position to continue the
game. On the offensive end, the
Wolverines failed to convert on
three free position attempts, but
the misses became irrelevant as

soon as Schueler's shot crossed
the line.
"I think everyone really
wanted to get the game over
with," Schueler said.
Michigan, which lost its
first eight games of the year,
recognized the significance of
the win, but understood the win
is by no means an endpoint.
"This is history today," said
coach Jennifer Ulehla. "I'm so
happy for this program and
the young women who have
worked so hard, and obviously
worked really hard today. This
is a milestone for us, and they're
getting to the point where they
understand what it takes and
how much they have to fight."
The five goals apiece from
Schueler and Korten were
complemented by midfielder
Kim Coughlin, who added two,
and freshman attacker Allie
Breitfeller, who opened the
scoring early in the first half.
Schueler's offensive outburst
marked her third straight game
with three or more goals. Back-
to-back hat tricks last week
garnered her the American
Lacrosse Conference Rookie of
the Week award, and she showed
no signs of slowing down Sunday.
"We've been going over
our offense trying to get the
chemistry we haven't really
had," Schueler said. "The past
couple games, we've really
gotten ina flow."
At the end of the day, Ulehla
said the win is a testament to the
resilience of the team as well as
the talent. After Dion's shot was
overturned, Michigan was forced
to recoup from the ecstasy of
believing it had won its first game
and go back out on the field as if
nothing had happened.
Though the Wolverines
have a quick turnaround,
playing archrival Ohio State on
Wednesday, they will certainly
spend as much time as they can
reveling in their first win. It's
not everyday you make history in
Michigan sports.

By JAKE LOURIM
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan played 16 innings
of near-perfect softball this
weekend, followed by one that
was just
OK. PENN STATE 0
But it MICHIGAN 6
turned PENN STATE 0
out that MICHIGAN 22
one poor
inning PENN STATE 4
couldn't MICHIGAN 12
put a
dent in the domination the
Wolverines (6-0 Big Ten, 25-6
overall) asserted all weekend.
Three strong pitching
performances and an offense
that cracked out five five-run
innings earned Michigan three
blowout wins - 6-0, 22-0 and
12-4, the last two in five innings
- this weekend at Penn State
(0-6, 6-21).
The key to the series against
the Nittany Lions wasn't the
power punch that knocked six
balls out of the park last weekend
against Indiana. Rather, it was
a consistent lineup that piled
up base runners, led by senior
outfielders Lyndsay Doyle and
Nicole Sappingfield at the top.
"That's their job - that's
the role they play for us," said
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins.
"Their job is to set the table. ... I
thought they did an outstanding
job."
The pair combined to hit
15-for-23 with 12 runs, three
times Penn State's output for
the weekend. That set the table
for sophomore shortstop Sierra
Romero, giving the Nittany
Lions no place to put Michigan's
elite slugger.
"Any time either
(Sappingfield) or I get on base, I
think that justsparks our offense
totally," Doyle said. "It's such a
game changer when the leadoff
batter gets on, and it just pumps
up the team."
Romero was walked only once
and ended the weekend 6-for-
11. Twenty of the 27 Wolverines
who started in the batting lineup
finished with a hit, including
junior right-hander Sara

JAMES COLLER/Daily
Senior Lyndsay Doyle sparked Michigan's bats by getting on base early, helping the bigger sluggers drive home runs.

Driesenga, who tied Penn State's
weekend score by herself with a
grand slam in the second game.
Still, just six of the 39 hits
Michigan cranked out went for
extra bases. The Wolverines
instead fed off of 12 walks and
five errors to get around the
bases.
Hutchins got nearly everyone
into action, with seldom-
used senior outfielders Katie
Luetkens and Brandi Virgil each
hitting their first home runs of
the season. Every time Michigan
put the ball in play, it seemed to
amount to something.
"Not every batter needs to go
up there swinging for the fences
- we just need to make good
contact," Doyle said. "Our goal is
to get one base at a time and just
keep stringing those along."
Penn State, on the other
hand, struggled to muster
anything. Junior left-hander
Haylie Wagner held the Nittany
Lions without a base runner in
the first game until a seventh-

inning, one-out walk. She lost
the no-hitter to a single by the
next batter.
"I didn't realize until after it
was broken up and somebody
said something," Wagner said.
But Wagner had another
chance at a no-hitter the next
day, heading into the fifth inning
with a 12-0 lead. With weather
threatening, Hutchins said
Wagner may have been trying to
end the game quickly rather than
have it postponed until Sunday.
Still, after two strikeouts, a
walk and a hit batter, Wagner
was one out away from finishing
off a five-inning no-hitter and
leaving Penn State scoreless on
the weekend. The Nittany Lions,
however, showed signs of life,
stringing together three two-out
hits and four runs.
"I don't make too much of it,"
Hutchins said. "She pitched very
well all weekend and had one
bad inning."
Junior right-hander Sara
Driesenga then relieved Wagner

and got the final out, securing
the five-inning victory. With her
performance, Wagner moved to
17-0 in 19 appearances with a
1.00 earned-run average.
Driesenga also pitched the
second game, the most lopsided
of all of them.
Michigan tallied at least
four runs in all five innings and
garnered 16 hits and seven walks.
"What can often happen is
when it's a tight game and if we're
going up and down the order and
no one's hitting, people start
feeling the pressure," Hutchins
said. "It's a lot easier to hit with
no perceived pressure."
Michigan managed just six
runs in the series opener, but the
game never got close because
Wagner was nearly perfect.
"We really weren't relentless
in that game," Hutchins said.
"But we pitched well and held up
our lead."
The bats came alive later
that night, and Wagner and
Driesenga took care of the rest.

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