“Michigan Topples LSU to Advance to Championship Series” Written By Bill Plummer
OKLAHOMA CITY — Michigan scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to defeat LSU, 6-3, Sunday and advance to the NCAA Championship Series starting Monday against defending champion Florida.
Michigan scored its 28th consecutive win Sunday before 9,274 people thanks to a two-run double by leadoff hitter Sierra Lawrence who later scored on a double steal. Michigan will be seeking its second national title after beating UCLA in 2005 for its first NCAA national title. This the 10th anniversary of that national title.
Lawrence had struck out, flied out and walked before hitting a grounder just inside the left field foul line bouncing off third base to give Michigan its third consecutive win in the World Series. She and Sierra Romero later pulled off a double steal when LSU shortstop Bianka Bell got tangled up in her shoe laces as she tried to run Romero back to first base. When Bell fell, Lawrence dashed for home and Romero to second. The loss eliminated LSU which finished the year 52-14 and in third place.
The teams were tied 3-3 before Michigan tallied three times as LSU took an early 1-0 lead on Constance Quinn's RBI sacrifice fly scoring Kellsi Kloss in the second inning before Michigan tied the score in the third on Romero's 21st homer of the season into the left field bleachers. LSU regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning on Bailey Landry's two-run double to left center. Michigan tied the score with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Tera Blanco and a throwing error by the LSU catcher before the three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth.
Megan Betsa started for Michigan and hurled 3 2/3 innings before Haylie Wagner relieved her and finished the game to get her 24th win of the year against two losses. Wagner hurled 3 1/3 innings, allowing two hits while walking one and striking out five.
Losing pitcher was Carley Hoover who hurled 5 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and five runs. She walked four and struck out three in finishing the year 18-7. Allie Walljasper hurled 2/3 allowing two hits.
|Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women's College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.|
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