this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
The Michigan Softball team won a close one this afternoon 3-2 against the Hofstra Pride. We took a 2-0 lead into the top of the 7th. Sara Driesenga got the start and pitched very well through 6 innings. The top of the 7th was not her inning. She gave up a hit and a critical HBP. Haylie came in but could not shut the Pride down. They scored 2 runs to tie the game.
In the bottom of the 7th, Stephanie Kirkpatrick SAC Crummey over to 2nd and Bree Evens doubled her home for the win.
Sara finished the game with 4 hits, 2 ER, 4K, !BB and 1 HBP. Haylie got the win in relief. She had 1 walk, 1 strikeout and 1 HBP.
Lauren Sweet was the big bat today going yard for 2 RBI and another single. Caitland Blanchard went 2 for 3. We ended up with 7 hits total which is much better than yesterday.
Coach mixed it up even more today. She had Mandy playing 1B, Lauren in RF and Caitland C. It is good to see the ladies fight back after a disappointment yesterday.
The Softball team split today winning 3-1 against Illinois State in the first game. They lost in the second game 1-0 against UMass. The team is in Clearwater this weekend.
Haylie Wagner got the win in the first game. She gave up 1 ER on 4 hits, she struck out 8 and walked only 2. Chiddy was the big bat today hitting a 3 run Bomb in 3 AB. Colie went 2 for 3 and scored on Chiddys dinger.
In the second game against UMass, we could not get the bats going. We could only muster 2 untimely hits. Sara Driesenga took the loss. She pitched very well though. She gave up 1 ER on 2 hits with 2 Ks and 2BB. Lauren Sweet was a sweet-spot in the lineup with a double.
UMass is a good team. If everyone remembers, we had a couple of close games with them last year. This year UMass is 4-3 so maybe they are down a little.
Overall not too disappointing, although I am sure Coach is kicking some @ss. In close games, anything can happen. This game was going down to the wire and the lucky team was going to win this one.....and they did. Sometimes in softball, the best team doesnt always win. Congrats to UMass for hanging around and getting it done. They deserved the win today. This will be a learning curve for us with out a doubt.
We play again tomorrow at 3:30 and 6pm.
After making a nice eggs benedict with home fries (entirely from scratch), I had a freshly squeezed screwdriver with dinner (thanks to the fiance for that one).
Now I'm on to a few remaining Bass pale ales. Maybe later I will pour myself a glass of Oregon whiskey.
It is a good night, my friends.
I am trying to fill out our Big Ten dynasty during our first offseason. We have one opening left in our dynasty.
We advance atleast every 3 to 4 days. The team that is available is INDIANA.
I was Indiana this past year and won the Big Ten Championship, Rose Bowl Championship and finished #2 in country. No lie. I also had the #14 recruiting class so far.
We are in week 4 of the offseason recruiting year 1 and want to fill this slot.
Is there any dedicated individuals out there looking for a challenge. We need someone that is able to spend time with this league.
We have our own message board set up also to help with trash talking and setting up user vs. user games.
Leave your PSN name and I will send you invite tomorrow morning at 8 am. est.
U.S. News & World Report publishes those annual college rankings. They're not the only ones, and they're not even necessarily the best ones, but they're the rankings people most often use when talking about how our alma mater is better than everyone elses's alma mater and...I dunno do people talk about the USNews Rankings for anything else?
In the world of marginal and overly general rankings that lose 90% of their meaning six days into your career, Michigan is awesome at everything there too. Piggybacking on the article linked by Gameboy, and because it would have been too many inches on the front page for something I don't think matters all that much, here's the FBS schools who made the Top 400.
Note: Notre Dame is listed as a Big Ten school because it annoys them, and the Big East is not listed as a BCS conference because lol they're not.
|Big Ten||Rank (World)||Rank (US)||Rank (FBS)|
|Pac 12||Rank (World)||Rank (US)||Rank (FBS)|
|NR: Oregon, Oregon State|
|ACC||Rank (World)||Rank (US)||Rank (FBS)|
|NR: Clemson, FSU, Syracuse|
|SEC||Rank (World)||Rank (US)||Rank (FBS)|
|NR: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Miss St, SC|
|Big XII||Rank (World)||Rank (US)||Rank (FBS)|
|NR: Baylor, Kansas, KSU, Oklahoma, OK State, TT, TCU, WVa.|
|Non-BCS||Rank (World)||Rank (US)||Rank (FBS)|
Items of Interest that Actually Mean Very Little:
- Texas A&M is now the second-smartest school in the SEC. Think about that for a second. We feel for you Vanderbilt!
- USN doesn't like private schools.
- What the hell does % of faculty that's international have to do with anything?
- Lol Notre Dame anyway.
The Big Ten and Pac 12 are pretty comparable, though since the last time I did this the B1G has closed the gap on a former Pac lead at the top; our bottom is still way stronger despite the drag of our only non-ranked, non-AAU program Nebraska. If USNews rankings (shown: just among FBS teams) instead of BCS rankings were used to create matchups for the future B1G/Pac Challenge or whatever they'll call the new real-game agreement, we get:
|Big Ten||Vs.||Pac 12|
|Michigan (2)||vs.||Stanford (1)|
|Northwestern (5)||vs.||California (4)|
|Wisconsin (7)||vs.||UCLA (6)|
|Illinois (10)||vs.||Washington (9)|
|Purdue (13)||vs.||USC (16)|
|Penn State (14)||vs.||Colorado (23)|
|Minnesota (15)||vs.||Arizona (26)|
|Ohio State (17)||vs.||Utah (36)|
|Michigan State (27)||vs.||Arizona State (39)|
|Iowa (28)||vs.||Washington State (43)|
|Indiana (29)||vs.||Oregon (NR)|
|Nebraska (NR)||vs.||Oregon State (NR)|
Horray for feeling superior to people for silly reasons!
Just broke within the last half-hour.
We had the thread where the suspension broke initially, so here's the other end of it.