U-M softball advances to Women's College World Series
7:47 PM, May 25, 2013
8:24 PM, May 25, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - Lately, the Michigan softball team seems to have an act for late game heroics, and those big hits continue coming off of one bat in particular in the Wolverine's 2-1 victory over the Ragin' Cajuns.
Senior second baseman Ashley Lane gave the Wolverines the big walk-off homer in Game 1 on Friday and got her chance to shine again in Game 3 after Louisiana-Lafayette shut down the Wolverines in Game 2 of the NCAA Super Regional, 5-0, to force the decisive Game 3 on Saturday afternoon.
Lane was part of a senior class that came into the year without College World Series experience and with one swing of her bat, changed that.
In the bottom of the fifth with two outs and Michigan trailing 1-0, the rally started. First Sierra Romero was hit by a pitch and then Caitlin Blanchard singled, then Lane stepped up to the plate. She got a hold of a pitch and sent it into left field, scoring Romero easily and Blanchard came around to score barely beating the tag to give the Wolverines the go-ahead run.
U-M pitcher Sara Driesenga had a nice bounce back in Saturday's decisive game after getting rocked in Game 2. In the do-or-die game, Driesenga limited the Ragin' Cajun offense to just four hits and the one run.
The No. 7 ranked Wolverines will continue their journey on Thursday against the top ranked Oklahoma Sooners.