April 5, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Fifth-ranked Michigan scored the game’s only run with two outs in the top of the first inning in a 1-0 victory over Ohio State Saturday at the Wilpon Complex. The Buckeyes are now 17-16 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten while Michigan improves to 27-6 and 7-0 in the Big Ten.
Michigan generated its offense with a two-out walk, stolen base and RBI single from Caitlin Blanchard, who drove in Sierra Romero. Starting pitcher Olivia O’Reilly ended the inning by striking out Sierra Lawrence.
A pair of impressive defensive plays in the second and third innings, respectively, helped keep the Buckeyes within striking distance. In the second, Evelyn Carrillo grabbed a line drive and then doubled off Haylie Wagner at first base. In the third, Michigan had two on and nobody out but O’Reilly snagged a liner back to the mound and quickly threw over to Carrillo to complete the double play.
The Wolverines threatened again the bottom of the fourth with two on and two out. Cather Lauren Sweet hit a shot to center by Taylor Watkins made an over-the-should grab to end the inning.
Jayla Saibene led off the top of the fifth with a stand up double to right center and moved to third on a ground out by Anna Kirk, but the threat ended when pinch hitter Leesa Gresham hit a sharp liner back to the pitcher.
O’Reilly worked her way out of a two-on, one-out jam in the bottom of the fifth by getting Romero to ground out to first and Caitlin Blanchard to ground out to third.
In the seventh, Carrillo led off with a single up the middle and was pinch run for by Melanie Iacoangeli, who advanced to second on a passed ball. Erika Leonard hit a soft liner to the shortstop, who caught it and quickly doubled off Iacoangeli. The game ended on a Saibene strikeout.
O’Reilly went six innings and gave up just five hits while striking out five. Wagner got the win for Michigan, improving to 18-0 by going seven innings and giving up two hits with seven strikeouts.
Ohio State and Michigan wrap up their series tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.