this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
The M softball team lost the second game today 10-7 against #17 LA Lafayette. This game had 9 lead changes. Haylie got the start and was roughed up early. She did not get out of the 1st inning. Sara came on in relief and did not fare much better. Stephanie came in to settle things down but the damage was done.
The offense came alive and garnered 10 hits. Ashley Lane went 2 for 3 (both were bombs) and 2 runs scored with 3 RBIs. Chiddy also went deep and went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 2 RBIs. Even Amy boinked one. But it was not enough.
Coach is continuing to juggle the lineup as Ashley was playing 1st and Lyndsay was playing RF. I suspect that Amy is going to be the regular 2nd Baseman. Chiddy and Stephanie have secured their spots at 3rd and SS respectively. 1st base is still open in my mind as Mandy is still adapting. Ashley and Mandy have been rotating at 1B. Colie and Bree have LF and CF locked up. RF is a little more fluid with Lyndsay and Lauren has almost solidified the catcher position.
This loss hurts. There is no way to make any sense out of it. Our weakness has been hitting and our strength has been our pitching with the Freshman. But with tonights game and the hitting was awesome, the pitching was not-so-good. This will drop us at least 2 spots and maybe even 4 or 5.
I am still very proud of our kids. The Freshmen are a little unpredictable, I agree but they ARE Freshmen. Keep up the good work ladies. Your hard work will payoff and we have your back. We will continue to support you regardless of your record. Keep studying and dont let losses get to you. The Michigan Family is 100% behind you.
Let's forget that basketball game and focus on getting drunk. Hopslam finally made its way over to Wisconsin so I'm enjoying some of that tonight.
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.