Penn State to Host No. 10 Michigan in Mid-Week Double Header
March 31, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The Wolverines have picked up notable wins against then-No. 4 UCLA, 7-4, then-No. 21 Fresno State, 3-1, then-No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette, 9-1 (in six innings) and then-No. 12 Arizona, 4-0.
In addition, Nemitz has been named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week three times.
This will be the 48th and 49th meetings between the Wolverines and the Nittany Lions. In a series that began in 1992, Michigan holds the advantage at 7-40.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Lisa Akamine (Escondido, Calif.) has seen increased time in the circle, but her ERA of 5.27 is not reflective of her contribution to the team. Over the year she has struck out 76 batters in 83.2 innings of work, 19 of which went down looking. Her ability to move the ball has aided in her success of fanning 6.39 batters per seven innings.
Penn State has notable wins against then-No. 13 DePaul, 4-1, and then-No. 12 Arizona, 9-6. The win over the Blue Demons came at the NFCA Leadoff Classic as the Nittany Lions rallied in the sixth to plate four and never looked back. Jackie Hill (San Jose, Calif.) threw a one-hitter in the victory. More recently, the Lions upended the Wildcats of Arizona at the Judi Garman Classic with an explosive first inning as they drove in four runs with the help of a three run blast by Hovanec. Arizona threatened as the Wildcats brough the score to 4-5 in the fifth, but Penn State mimicked the success of the first inning in the sixth with four more runs as Giordano added a three-run shot of her own.
LAST TIME OUT
Sunday's game turned out differently as the Wildcats poured it on with multiple home runs to take the game 10-0 in five innings. Senior first baseman Danielle Kinley (Carlsbad, Calif.) and junior left fielder Ashley Griffith (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) tallied the only two hits for Penn State on the day as the Lions lost their sixth straight game.
LAST TIME AGAINST MICHIGAN
The final game of the series saw two more home runs from the Wolverines as Dorian Shaw hit a two-run blast in the second and Samantha Findlay followed with a solo shot in the fourth for the final run of the day. Penn State matched Michigan's five hits on the day, but never got past third as the season ended in a 3-0 decision in favor of the Wolverines.