Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
The SB Team will try to rebound from last night's disappointing loss to Minny. We should bounce back. Minny Pitcher Sara Moulton only pitched 4 innings yesterday so I would imagine that she will be the ball tonight.
This is a very important game for us. We need to pick up the pieces and have a convincing win.
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First place in the Big Ten Softball standings is up for grabs this weekend when #12 (2nd B1G) Minnesota comes to town to face our beloved Wolverines. We are ranked #3 in both polls and 17th in the latest RPI. Games will be played Friday 6pm, Saturday 7pm (BTN) and Sunday 1pm (BTN Delayed).
Now, the winner of the series is not guaranteed the regular season standings winner; however, a clean sweep by the Leaders and Best will certainly make things very difficult for the next challenger, Purdue. We play Purdue later in the spring so we certainly are in the driver's seat.
We are coming into the weekend series 12-0 in the B1G, 34-6 overall with a 20 game winning streak. Minny comes in with a 10-3 B1G record, 32-6 overall. Minny has 3 loses in the B1G to Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern.
Thus far in the B1G, we lead the league in BA at a whopping .364; followed by Northwestern at .328 and Purdue at .306. We are also leading the B1G in ERA at a stellar 1.51; followed by Minny at a respectable 1.80 and Nebraska at 2.18.
Minny leads the league in HRs at an impressive 47, followed by Nebraska at 43 and then us at 38. They also lead the league in least number of HRs surrendered. So the Minny pitching staff is formitable and will give us some trouble.
The key in this weekend's series will be our pitching. Minny is second to us in slugging % at .502. We are at .535. If our pitchers can have at least a good day; then we should win all 3. If we let them get their bats hot; then it will be more difficult.
My prediction: We will all 3 with an overall score of 18-5. Megan will get an opportunity to shine, most likely on Sunday. She will do great. Haylie and Sara should have their usual "lights-out" performances.
Now for the 'Way too early World Series" predictions: We will certainly host a home series but the question is can we improve our RPI enough to get into the top 8 to host a Super Regional? At present, it looks 50/50 on us being in the top 8. If we win out the rest of the season, then there is no question that a #3 ranked team should be in the Top 8 for the World Series. However, if we lose to anyone but Minny this weekend, our chances fall dramatically. We would need some serious help to remain in the Top 8.
My WS Prediction: We get a 7 or an 8 seed and host a Super Regional vs the other Regional Host Tennessee or Kentucky.
I will have an open thread for Saturday's game as well. Go Blue!!!
Well, this went about as well as expected.
Emmert did lay out this gem:
Emmert did, however, say that scholarship athletes are taking seats from paying students. So.
I found the Youtube link, but, I'm sure it's on the internet about a billion places:
This is one of the most incredible goals I've ever seen -- how it develops from start to finish, what he did to score it, the situation (game tied 1-1, five minutes to go), you're going, NO HE WONT NO HE WONT OH WAIT YES HE DID.
For the uninitiated, the backdrop makes it even more impressive. This is the final for Spain's annual cup (equivalent to England's FA Cup), between the two arch-rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona. Real was missing its top player, Christian Ronaldo (US will see him in Brazil). Bale was the world's most expensive transfer ever; Real bought him 2 years ago from Tottenham Hotspurs for $144M (that's paid to Spurs, not to the player). He dominated the EPL two years ago, thus the huge transfer fee. But he has injury issues and never really lived up to the hype, until recently when he's been on a scoring tear.
So -- hugely important game, huge rivalry, hugely significant player. And it was tied 1-1 with 5 minutes left in regulation. And he came up with THAT. I mean... are you kidding me? How he RAN AROUND a defender. Note how the defender is closer to the ball and takes a straight line; but Bale goes the Great Circle Route, still gets there first by 5 yards, and holds the guy off for 20 yards while walking up to goal. "Excuse me Mr. Goalie, but I gotta put the ball in the net, k, thanks, bye."