"Rodrick Williams Jr.'s 10-month old, 2-foot-long savannah monitor named "Kill" gets the RB some strange looks when they go for walks together."
The Michigan Softball team got the party started by beating ND today 2-1. We are in Cali for the Judi Garmen Classic. There are several top ranked teams in this tourney so we better bring our bats.
Haylie Wagner got the win by giving up 1 ER off 6 hits. She recorded 3 strikeouts while walking zero. She went 0 for 2 with a walk at the plate.
Ashley brought her bat today. She went long to tie the game up and finished 1 for 3 with the RBI and run scored. In the bottom of the 7th, Amy doubled, took third on a FC. Then Taylor who pinch hit for Lindsay, brought Amy home for the game winning run on a single up the middle. It was a walk off single for Taylor.
We ended up with 7 hits. It is nice to see the bats moving. We play #7 Oklahoma later today.
Per Greg Smith's revelation that Goldman calls certain clients 'muppets', our endearing tradition now has a new cultural reference. Discuss. Also, "rip their faces off" is not entirely Goldman's creation either.
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The Michigan Softball Team dropped from #14 to #19 in the USA Today/USA Coaches Poll that was released today. We are tied for 19 in the ESPN poll as well.
I feared we would have a sizable drop after going 1-2 in the Louisville Tournament. It doesn't get any easier this weekend as we head out to Cali for the Judi Garmen Classic. We will play Notre Dame and #7 Oklahoma on Thursday. On Friday we play #5 and defending NC Arizona State. On Saturday we play Virginia and #24 De Paul.
The following weekend starts the Big Ten Conference play. I hope the girls can get it together and take some extra BP this week with the warm weather. We are going to need it.
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Looking at the U23 roster for the Olympic qualifying tournament, I can't help but be extremely excited about the future of US Soccer.
Im most excited by midfielder Mix Diskerud, defender Josh Gatt, and forwards Joe Gyau, Teal Bunbury, and Juan Agudelo. Though I am a bit puzzled that Gatt is listed as a defender, as he seems destined to be a right winger to me. Perhaps the coaches see him in the mold of Dani Alves or Kieren Gibbs: a right back who can be a serious offensive threat.
Full 19-man roster
Bill Hamid (D.C. United; Annandale, Va.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; Lilburn, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (6): Josh Gatt (Molde; Plymouth, Mich.), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes; Durham, N.C.), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact; Lancaster, Pa.), Jorge Villafaña (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union; Potomac, Md.), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Mix Diskerud (Gent; Oslo, Norway), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz; Richardson, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund; Berlin, Germany), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City; Prior Lake, Minn.), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; Bryan, Texas)
The Michigan Softball team continued to struggle with the bats today against Illinois State. We lost 5-1. We only had 2 hits; one home run by Ashley. The other was from Colie.
Sara was in the circle and took the loss. She struggled a little by giving up 2 walks, an IF single then a throwing error. All this led to a 5-run 5th inning for Illinois State. Haylie came on in relief and did a good job.
Overall, we need to get the bats swinging. I know this sounds easy but Coach is pulling her hair out right now. This is the most frustrating part of being a coach. We are NOT facing dominate pitching so we should be T-ing off, right? Well it just doesnt work that way. Im sure the girls are just as frustarted as Coach is. This is something that they have to work through.
Ladies, we are behind you 100%. Dont give up and continue to take extra BP. Stay focused and believe in yourselves. You are all great ball players and you will pull through this. Trust in yourselves and trust your coaches. Dont lose the mental part of the game.