Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Michigan Softball plays today at 3:30 EST on ----- vs. Pittsburgh.
ESPN downgraded coverage to ESPN3 online only! (espn sucks)
Win and they win the Regional and advance to the Super Regional (sweet 16)
LINK for score of game http://espn.go.com/college-sports/scoreboard
The B1G Championships for Men's and Women's Track & Field are this weekend in East Lansing!
All info regarding the men: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-track/spec-rel/051215aab.html
All infor regarding the women: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/w-track/spec-rel/051215aab.html
Ticket info: http://ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetGroupList?groupCode=AT&linkID=michst&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=#__utma=52920951.1727863012.1420831885.1427389732.1427391673.263&__utmb=529209184.108.40.2067391673&__utmc=52920951&__utmx=-&__utmz=52920951.1424194881.136.6.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not provided)&__utmv=-&__utmk=129446280&__utma=52920951.680380111.1430065248.1431382089.1431438264.10&__utmb=529209220.127.116.111438264&__utmc=52920951&__utmx=-&__utmz=52920951.1430065248.1.1.utmcsr=t.co|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/STt6V2erPY&__utmv=-&__utmk=54588719
My family and I will be there supporting the Maize and Blue, and if you're in the Lansing area, or just want to support, come to the two-day event so we can make it a home meet!
In a TSN interview mentioned by CBS Sports here (but that I can't seem to find) Babcock says he should have a decision by May 20. Babcock has reportedly met with Toronto and Buffalo so far, and is still with Holland in Prague watching the World Championships.
The decision date is going to be moved up, It'll be to you by [May] 20th, I'm going to know what I'm doing.
The SB Team opens the Regional Tourney today at 6pm at Alumni Field vs. Oakland. It is televised on ESPNU. The first game is Cal vs. Pitt and the score is 4-2 Cal in the 2nd. This game is shaping up to be a good one.
Look for the Coach Hutch and Team to score early and often with a huge win, possibly a mercy-rule win. If we win tonight, we will play at 4pm tomorrow. Expect Megan (Betsa) to be in the circle this evening as she has certainly won the starting pitcher's position; although I would not be surprised if Coach Hutch gave the Senior Haylie (Wagner) the start to honor her contributions to the team.
In other Regional Action, there are no real "shockers" as yet. Here are the games that have already been completed. Kentucky defeated Northwestern 5-4. UCF beat South Carolina 4-1. Texas A&M over Lehigh 2-1. Washington took it to USC Upstate 4-1. It was NC State over Fordham 12-5. North Dakota St. over Fresno State 4-0.
[Ed-S: written at our request.]
Big Ten Champions
|WHAT||NCAA Softball Regional|
|WHERE||Wilpon Complex/Alumni Field|
|WHEN||Friday-Sunday, May 15-17|
|TV||ESPN2 & ESPNU|
The NCAA regional is a double-elimination tournament, so the only team Michigan is guaranteed to play is Oakland; if all goes chalk, Michigan would play Cal in Game 3 and go from there.
|Friday, May 15|
|3:30 p.m.||Game 1 -- #2 seed California vs. #3 seed Pittsburgh (ESPNU)|
|6:30 p.m.||Game 2 -- #1 seed Michigan vs. #4 seed Oakland (ESPNU)|
|Saturday, May 16|
|4 p.m.||Game 3 -- Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner (ESPN2)|
|6:30 p.m.||Game 4 -- Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (ESPN2)|
|9 p.m.||Game 5 -- Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner (ESPNU)|
|Sunday, May 17|
|3:30 p.m.||Game 6 -- Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner (ESPNU)|
|6 p.m.||Game 7 -- Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser (if necessary) (ESPNU)|
Big Ten Review
For the first time since 2005, Michigan softball swept the Big Ten championships, taking home the regular season crown after a tightly contested race with Minnesota and the tournament crown after downing PSU, Northwestern, and Nebraska in dominant fashion.
The Wolverines came into Big Ten play slightly chastened by a home loss to Kent State and their brilliant pitcher, but nevertheless riding a brilliant non-conference performance. MGoSoftball has already ably reviewed that portion of the season (http://mgoblog.com/diaries/softball-mid-season-report).
After exacting revenge against KSU and pounding Bowling Green, the Wolverines charged into Big Ten play with a three game set at Ohio State, racking up double-digit wins in all three games. Two games into the Iowa series, things were looking on track for continued success. Halfway through the final game of the series, though, the Wolverines defense collapsed, blowing a 4-run lead and handing the lowly Hawkeyes an unlikely upset at Alumni Field. There wasn't much time to recover, either, as Michigan had to travel up to Minneosta for a 3-game set against the nationally-ranked Golden Gophers, headlined by star pitcher Sara Groenewegen. After a 9-1 run rule drubbing and a blown 3-run lead early in the second game, it looked like Michigan's magical season was unravelling all too quickly.
Fortunately, something clicked in those Maize & Blue minds after that bad 2nd inning in Minnesota, and the Wolverines bounced back. They tied the game in the 3rd, and went on to win 9-4, following up that performance with an Easter Sunday run-rule blowout, returning the 9-1 favor that Minnesota had handed out that Friday.
From that point on, Michigan has not looked back. Since the loss to Minnesota, Michigan has won 20 straight games, including 13 via the run-rule and 2 no-hitters from sophomore stand-out Megan Betsa.
The end of the Big Ten season found the Wolverines in possession of an array of awards, headlined by Megan Betsa as the conference pitcher of the year and Carol Hutchins as the coach of the year. Multiple Wolverines found their way onto the 1st, 2nd, and defensive teams. Sierra Romero won the tournament MVP award and also the inaugural ESPNW national player of the year award as well (she is a finalist for the more prestigious player of the year award, which will be announced later). The brilliance of the team's performance earned Michigan the #3 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and the right to host a regional and, if they win through, a super-regional as well.
Three teams will be coming to Ann Arbor this weekend with their eyes on a trip to the super-regionals. We'll look at Oakland, the #4 seed in the region, first, since they're our Friday opponent, then at #2 seed California and #3 seed Pittsburgh after that.
[After the jump.]
For those who don't know the story...
Barrows asked Harbaugh how the experience affected him, and for once, the coach opened up. "In some ways, it's a little uncomfortable talking about it," he said. "The scripture says, 'Don't let your left hand know what your right hand's doing,' you know? On the other hand, it's so good. It's not only been a great experience for me but my friends that I want to tell people about it. I feel like I should share this. I'm lucky to participate and be surrounded by so much good."
Now, Harbaugh brings his friends down, and each person sponsors a child in the nearby town of Lima. People really need the help down there -- according to Barrows, 60 percent of the population lives in poverty, and 20 percent in extreme poverty.
The first time he went down, Harbaugh was wearing a University of San Diego shirt, which may be the reason the locals call him "Diego." He really isn't sure. All he knows is that he got the name on that first visit, when he was helping to build new houses.
"I was building the house and they would say, 'No, Diego, no,'" Harbaugh told Barrows, imitating someone hammering nails. "After a couple more days it was, 'Muy bien, Diego. Muy bien.'"