The M softball team didn't get much offense today with just 4 hits and 2 walks, but it was enough to get past Not That Miami. Wagner threw the first 5 innings for the win, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 hit batter, and struck out 3. Driesenga pitched the last 2 innings, allowing no baserunners and striking out 2.
Today is the day I get the pleasure of changing my avatar. For those of you who don't know why I have a pink pony as my avatar (so probably all of you), I stuck my nose into a conversation I didn't belong in and paid the price dearly.
If you care for further explanation, that is the link.
I have gotten a couple suggestions about keeping this avatar. I've been told I stand out in the comments. Others have suggested I "slap a block m on that puppy" (per mgouser oldcityblue). So in honor of the last day to vote Denard for the cover, I will have a little vote myself.
It's simple, up-vote the post if I should keep it, down-vote if I should trash it.
Also, for all you crazy photo-shopperz out there, please find the enlarged photo in the link above, have fun, and submit it in the comments below. My favorite, if the people decide for me to keep the avatar, will be my new avatar!
Thanks for participating! Vote Denard! Go Blue! Beat Indiana!
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Apologies to everyone expecting a Purdue victory strip. Started it last night when the game was still in doubt. As for where the idea came from, well, I guess it was a parental moment.
Personally I was more into the comics back in the day. Good times.
Friday Fun will address what's at stake this weekend. No pressure, boys.
THE BLOCKHAMS™ runs (typically) every week here at MGoBlog and on its official home page. Also, don't forget to check out the Friday Fun, my weekly single panel comic based on trending Michigan events, available on Twitter and the home page every Friday.
The #14 SB team took another win today in Orlando Florida by defeating UCF 11-2 in a mercy-rule win. The temperature was 65F under sunny skies.
So. Haylie Wagner made her season debut today in Orlando, Florida on the campus of UCF. She was the winning pitcher going 3 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 ER) off 2 hits (1 HR) and walking 1 while striking out 1. Sara came in the last 2 innings and did not allow a base runner. She faced 6 batters and struck out 3.
The offense was led by Lyndsay Doyle. She went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 4 runs scored. Sierra Romero went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Amy Knapp went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Colie Sappingfield went 1 for 1 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. We ended up with 11 hits total from 8 different players.
We are at the 1/3 point of the season. We played 20 out of 55 games thus far. We are 15-5. Sara has an ERA of 1.3. She has 107K and 16 BB while pitching 107.2 innings.. By comparison Alabama's Jackie Traina has a 1.27 ERA with 99 Ks and 29 BBs while pitching 71.2 innings. Oklahoma's Keilani Ricketts, 2012 Player of the Year, has an 0.87 ERA; 108Ks and 21 BBs through 72.2 innings of work.
The offensive leaders are: Fr. Sierra Lawerence, BA .385; Fr Sierra Romero, BA .382; Sr. Amy Knapp, BA .362. Sierra Romero leads with 5 HR, Ashley Lane with 4 HR and Sierra Lawerence with 3 HR.
The biggest suprises on offense this year are Amy Knapp and Caitlyn Blanchard. Amy is hitting .362 and Caitlyn is hitting .352.
Now that Haylie is back, this will give us the best 1-2 punch in the country. Welcome Back Haylie.
The SB Team came back strong today against BC 14-2 in 4 innings. The ladies are on the "Spring Break Tour" in Florida.
Caitlyn Blanchard went 1 for 1 with a walk, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Sierra Romero went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.
Sara Driesenga was the winning pitcher. She gave up 2 runs (0 ER) off 1 hit. She struck out 4 and walked 2 in 3 innings of work. She faced 14 batters. Alice Fitzpatrick came in a clean up role for the last inning.
Its nice to see the ladies get back to winning habits. They finished the game quickly so they can get back to the hotel to watch the BB game.
University of Michigan has maintained its rank at #12 in Times Higher Education World University Rankings of top universities in the world by reputation for 2013.
The reputation table ranks institutions according to an overall measure of their esteem that combines data on their reputation for research and for teaching.
The scores are based on the number of times an institution is cited by respondents as being the best in their field. The number one institution, Harvard University, was selected most often. The scores for all other institutions in the table are expressed as a percentage of Harvard's, set at 100.
So the University of Oxford received 73% of the number of nominations that Harvard received, giving it a score of 73 against Harvard's 100. This scoring system, which is different from the one used in the World University Rankings, is intended to provide a clearer and more meaningful perspective on the reputation data in isolation.
Other B1G Schools:
56. Ohio State
58. Penn State
74. Michigan State
Nebraska - Unranked
Indiana - Unranked
Iowa - Unranked
It's great to see Michigan ranked in such high regard around the world, and nice to see that most of the B1G made the top 100.
I was surprised to see that Northwestern and USC lower than I thought they'd be. I also didn't see Notre Dame in the top 100 at all, did I miss it?
What are your thoughts?