The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’Cajuns came close to pulling off the upset but just could not hold onto a lead in the series. Michigan, for the second time in the three-game series, earned a come-from-behind victory to advance to the college softball world series for the first time since 2009, with a 2-1 victory on May 25. Louisiana-Lafayette (47-15) forced the deciding third game with a 5-0 victory in game two, earlier in the day.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth of game three, Ashley Lane collected her second hit of the Super Regionals. Lane, who hit a walk-off homer in game one, roped a two-out, two-run double to give the Wolverines the lead.
Michigan (50-11) put runners on in every inning but did not plate its runs until the fifth. With two outs, Sierra Romero was hit by a pitch — the sixth straight time she reached base in the day. Caitlin Blanchard (2-for-3, 1 run) bounced a single into right field that moved Romero into scoring position. Lane then followed with the go-ahead double.
Sara Driesenga (30-7)made the two runs stand up over the final two innings. Driesenga got notice that she was starting just minutes before the game as head coach Carol Hutchinson was forced to scratch left-hander Haylie Wagner due to an injury. Driesenga yielded four hits and struck out seven in a complete game effort.
Brianna Cherry went 2-for-2 with a walk to lead Louisiana-Lafayette at the plate.
In game two, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Jordan Wallace (32-10) became the first pitcher this season to shutout the Wolverines. She tossed a complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts and allowed just three hits to pick up the win.
Sarah Draheim hit a solo shot to center field in the fourth inning to get the Cajuns on the board and Sara Corbello extended the lead to 3-0 in the same inning with a two-run bomb to left field.
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 Matte 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.
Wagner started game one for the Wolverines and kept the Ragin’ Cajuns off the board through three innings. Wagner was relieved in the fourth inning by Driesenga. Driesenga gave up four earned runs on six hits and struck out just one.
Michigan will open World Series play on May 30 against No. 1 Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.
– Michigan’s Amy Knapp went 2-for-2 in game three of the Super Regionals.
– Michigan turned two double plays in game two. The first double play occurred with two on in the first and Wagner on the mound. Wagner caught a shot right back to her and doubled off the Louisiana runner at first to end the inning. Then in the sixth, Blanchard snagged a liner and doubled off a Louisiana runner for an unassisted double play.
– Michigan finishes the 2013 season with a 20-1 record. The Wolverines reached the 50-win mark for the 11th time in program history.
– Michigan is now 7-7 all-time against Louisiana-Lafayette and 2-4 in NCAA tournament play.
– Louisiana-Lafayette won 40 games for the 15th-consecutive season. 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.