April 12, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan State softball suffered a 21-2 loss to No. 12 Michigan on Friday evening at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. Sophomore McKinzie Freimuth and junior Sarah Bowling scored the Spartan runs. Michigan State is now 21-15 on the season, 7-2 in Big Ten play.
Michigan State put the first run on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning. The Spartans sophomore McKinzie Freimuth was first to reach base with a walk. Senior Kylene Hopkins then hit a double down the left field line to advance Freimuth to third base. Freimuth scored the first run on wild pitch by Haylie Wagner.
The Spartans held the Wolverines (33-7, 9-0) scoreless in the bottom of the first to keep their 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, Michigan broke the game open with six runs to take the lead. UM continued its scoring with 13 runs in the bottom of the third inning. In the bottom of the fourth, the Wolverines scored two runs to take a 21-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Bowling started off the inning with a walk. Redshirt sophomore Stephanie Sanders pinch hit for the Spartans and hit to left field to advance Bowling to second base. Next, freshman Destinee Luna reached first base on a fielding error by Michigan’s first baseman. Sophomore Alyssa McBride notched an RBI with a hit to right field to send Bowling across the plate and narrow the scoring deficit to 21-2.
Junior Kelly Smith on the mound for the Spartans fell to 16-8 on the season as she gave up 11 runs, nine earned. Sophomore Carly Nielsen came in for relief in the bottom of the third to pitch one inning and allow 10 runs, all earned. Taking over in the bottom of the fourth was freshman Dani Goranson. Goranson pitched 2/3 inning and held UM scoreless.
Earning the win for UM was Haylie Wagner as she improved her record to 7-0 on the season after allowing one run, earned.
MSU continues its series with UM tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. The series will conclude at Secchia Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.