ANN ARBOR, MI (SunBeltSports.org) – 21st-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette forced a third game with a 5-0 victory against eighth-seeded Michigan in a best-of-three series but fell 2-1 on Saturday at NCAA Super Regionals at the Wilpon Complex.
In game one, Jordan Wallace (32-9) became the first pitcher this season to shutout the Wolverines (50-11). She tossed a complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts and allowed just three hits to pick up the win.
Louisiana-Lafayette's (47-15) victory also marked the first home loss for Michigan this season.
Sarah Draheim hit a pair of home runs and Sara Corbello hit a two-run shot in the win. Draheim, an All-Conference First-Team and SBC All-Tournament Team selection, hit a solo shot to center field in the fourth inning to get the Cajuns on the board. Corbello extended the lead to 3-0 in the same inning with a two-run bomb to left field which scored Matte Haack.
The Cajuns added on in the seventh frame as Draheim hit her second long-ball with one out. They got their fifth run after two errors in the inning as Haack scored after she singled.
Draheim finished the game three-for-three with two runs and two RBI, while Haack tallied a pair of hits and also touched home twice.
Sara Driesenga recorded the loss for Michigan after allowing four earned runs in 3.0 innings, while Haylie Wagner pitched 3.0 scoreless innings of relief. Nicole Sappingfield, Sierra Romero and Amy Knapp each knocked a hit for the Wolverines.
In game two, the Cajuns got out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a single up the middle by Shellie Landry. The hit scored Draheim from second base after she reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on an error.
The Wolverines answered with two runs in the fifth inning. Ashley Lane hit the decisive two-RBI double to left center with two outs to score Caitlin Blanchard and Romero.
Driesenga pitched a complete-game and fanned seven to get the win for Michigan. She allowed four hits and one unearned run. Wallace took the loss for the Cajuns. She let up just two runs and registered five K's.
Brianna Cherry, an All-Conference First-Team and All-Baton Rouge Regional selection, finished the game two-for-two with a walk to lead the Cajuns at the plate. Blanchard and Knapp each posted a pair of hits for Michigan.
Louisiana-Lafayette won 40 games for the 15th-consecutive season after winning its last 22 regular season contests. The Cajuns picked up 14 wins over RPI Top-50 teams, including a pair over ninth-seeded LSU to sweep through the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional where they did not allow a run.