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The Michigan Softball team eeked out another close victory today at Alumni Field. The girls battled every inning and took the lead in the 5th inning by scoring 3 runs. Game-time temperature was 60 degrees under mostly cloudy skies with zero wind.
Bree Evans could not extend her 19 game hit streak, going 0-3 on the day. The Michigan consecutive game hit streak record is held by Nicole Sappingfield who completed this task earlier this year at 20 consecutive games with a hit.
Jordan Taylor was on the rubber today and pitched very well despite getting behind early. She finished the game with 1 ER off 6 hits, striking out 5, 2 HPB and walking none
Dorian Shaw was the offensive hero today by going 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. She recorded the game winning RBI in the 5th inning with a double off a 3-2 pitch. Colie Sappingfield scored from 1st. Dorian scored later in the inning.
Colie went 1 for 3 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. Amanda Chidester went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Lindsay Doyle went 1 for 3 and scored the tying run.
Today was a fun game to watch. Minny was up 2-0 and had all the momentum. But the karma was with us today and a nearly sold out crowd. This weeked is Veteran's Appreciation Weekend.
In other softball action, #1 ASU beat Washington earlier today 6-4. #3 Texas was bitch-slapped by Texas A&M yesterday. #4 Florida spanked #5 Tennessee.
This loss by Tennessee could mean that we will be paired with Tennessee in the Supers. Many think the NCAA has a "love-fest" with Michigan-Tennessee matchup. I dont think Tennessee will drop enough to warrant a #15 national seed. I still think it will be ND.
via DetNews, but a long time coming:
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will visit Detroit and New York on Monday to make major high-speed rail funding announcements.Last month, Michigan applied for more than $560 million in funding - including joining three other states as part of a joint request. Michigan officials expect the state will receive significant funding for some grants sought.The state sought track improvements in Detroit and a new transit terminal in Ann Arbor, and new trains are part of Michigan's pitch for more federal money for high-speed rail after Florida said it didn't want $2.4 billlion.
Tomorrow is the first Saturday of May which means it's time for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby. Triple Crown season is one of my favorite portions of the sports calandar. I've attended The Preakness (pure madness) and the Belmont Stakes (classy) and one day hope to attend the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
There are some great names in this year's field. Stay Thirsty, Pants on Fire (Tressel's Horse?), Master of Hounds, and Mucho Macho Man to name a few.
Nick Zito's horse Dialed In is the current favorite at +300. Uncle Mo was next in line but has been scratched as of this morning. The experts seem to think it's a wide open race. Current odds can be found here:
The weather is calling for a chance of thunderstorms all afternoon. It could be a muddy track:
Covers.com is a gambling advice web site that I use frequently. They are attacking the Derby from a number of different angles on the front page of the site. They give you the top 5 long shot bets here:
Do any MGoBloggers bet the ponies? Has anyone attended a Triple Crown race? Any thoughts on the field for tomorrow? Enjoy and good luck to everyone.
I saw an interesting scrum last night at my kid's middle school baseball game. A 20 hopper was hit down the 1st base line. It followed the first baseline about 6" in till about 2 feet before first base. At that point it hit something and went airborne and veered over to the foul side of the line. The first baseman was standing on his bag - both feet in fair territory - and caught it in mid air with it never touching the ground in foul territory. The ump called the runner out and the batting team's coaches went nuts.
I was under the impression that as long as no part of a defender's body is in foul territory and the ball has not yet touched anything in foul territory the defender can grab it in mid air and make a play. The coaches seemed to diagree, obviously.
I know there's a few real umps on this board so I'd like to hear what the right call is.
Michigan softball recorded the second mercy rule win of the day 8-0 against tosu. The first game today was a 9-1 mercy rule victory.
Jordan Taylor pitched the second game as well for her 101st collegiate victory. She finished the shutout with 8 Ks and 1 BB.
The offensive heros were Alycia Ryan, Ashley Lane and Amanda Chidester. Alycia hit 2 solo dingers in 3 plate apprearances. Ashley Lane went 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Amanda Chidester missed a second grand slam of the day by 3 feet. She had bases loaded but the deep fly ball was caught for a Sac Fly and an RBI.
It was really nice to see JT pitch so much. My guess is that Hutch will pitch JT a lot of innings the remaining 4 games. JT has never had an endurance problem but throwing 150+ innings in a 2 day span builds stamina.
Blue Dragon, you have something to add????
Does anyone know of a site where I can watch games...I live in Ohio and used to watch all the Tigers Lions Pistons games on Justin tv then that stopped doing games ...then there was channnelsurfing net and that was siezed...so whats out there now..im dying here watching gamecast