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Tigers score first in the bottom of the 1st inning vs Felix. After sweeping the chisox, a win would be great to keep the momentum going. Discuss.
The Michigan softball team dropped one spot in both the Coaches Poll and the USA Softball Poll. Both have us at #2. This is not a surprise as we lost to Iowa while Arizona State beat a very good Arizona team, 3 straight. 'Zona was a top 10 team heading into its series with arch-rival ASU.
The top 5 are: 1) ASU, 2) Michigan, 3) Texas, 4) Georgia and 5) Tennessee/Florida. There seems to be some debate over the number 5 slot. Florida just came off a awesome series against Alabama where they took 2 of 3. 'Bama was a top 5 team this past weekend.
This is GREAT news because there was some concern that we would drop to #3 because Iowa is not ranked. Where as the others in the top 5 have been playing ranked teams.
The rest of the schedule is awesome for us. We play at Wiscy (DH), then we come home to Minny (DH), tosu (DH), EMU and a home and home against Lil' sister to wrap up the regular season. The remaining conference opponents have a combined 14 wins, whereas we have 10 conference wins. EMU is struggling this year.
So here is the bad news. JT is out; probably for the reminder of the regular season. This means that Spidy and Maj. Payne will have the honors. If we lose any of the upcoming games, we will need a MGo-Parachute to help stop the free fall. We will get killed in the polls because the Big 10 is a weak conference, coupled with the fact that a loss will come from the bottom of said weak conference. It is possible that we could loose a home site for the regionals.
Let's just hope that Spidy can get her game together and not need a bailout early in any game. A last inning or two relief should not hurt but if she gets into trouble early, Lord help us.
Alright. for all you Michigan undergrads looking for a study break (i.e procrastination break) and also recent grads of the last seven or so years, I need some help. I do work with a few alumni groups and, as I mentioned in a post a few months ago, we've been looking to bring some UofM professors out into the world to speak. The program has already brought Ralph Williams out to a few stops out of state and he'll be in West Bloomfield in November. We've got a short list of two for our second speaker and I'm curious of everyone's thoughts on these two, particularly if you've had both (please indicate that in your comments if you did). Also, try to conceptualize what we're doing. This is for a one hour lecture (much like "The Last Lecture" series given by Professors who win the Golden Apple award). So while you may think one is a better professor than the other in a traditional semester long setting, the question posed is who can give the best one hour lecture.
The two being considered are:
1) Christopher Peterson - Psychology Department (and 2010 Golden Apple winner)
2) Bruce Conforth - American Studies Department (and former curator of the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame)
Starting tonight and ending tomorrow, thousands across the world will be participating in 25 hours of silence to end the war on child soldiers in Central Africa (manily Congo, Sudan, and Uganda). For the last 25 years, rebel leader Joseph Kony and the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) have been abducting children from the homes and turning them into child soldiers. Thousands of children have been abducted and that number will continue to rise unless this war is brought to an end. Therefore, inorder to both raise awareness and attempt to put an end to this war, over 25,000 will be silent for 25 hours - to speak out without speaking for these kids who do not have a voice in our society.
By posting this, I want to do my part to raise awareness to those in the mgoblog community. This is a great organization fighting for a great cause. Check out the video below to learn more about the organization and event.
The Michigan softball team won today by scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 3-2. The Hawkeyes had dominated the Wolverine hitters all day. Iowa took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 7th inning. The game-time temperature was 65 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.
In the 7th inning, Michigan pulled together and the walk off hit was delivered by Alycia Ryan with a bases loaded hit off the RF wall with the game tied and bases loaded to score Taylor Hasselbach (who was running for Dorian Shaw).
Stephanie Speierman was the starting pitcher but her struggles continues. She had control problems yesterday and they continued into today. She pitched 4 innings giving up 1 ER off 3 hits, while striking out 2 and walking 4. Hilary Payne pitched the final 3 innings to get the win. Hilary gave up 1 ER off 1 hit and gave up 2 walks and 0 strikeouts.
This was a very exciting walk off win for the girls. They played flat all day. It appeared that yesterday's loss was being carried over by the offense today. Hutch made some lineup changes by moving Dorian Shaw down to the #7 slot and moving Alycia Ryan up to the #3 slot.
The only information I could find out about JT is that she has a day-to-day rotator cuff injury. No date has been reported by Hutch as to a return date.
We travel to Wisconsin next weekend for 2 games before coming home for a May 3rd single game against EMU and May 4th DH against tosu.
UPDATE: #2 ASU swept Zona, #3 Alabama lost to Florida Saturday, #4 Georgia lost to Arkansas, #5 Tennessee lost to Mississippi St. So we should drop only to #2 possibly #3 in the poll this week.
JT is out indefinately with a rotator cuff injury. No return date has been announced by Hutched yet. The injury occured during practice 19APR11.
The Michigan softball team lost today against Iowa at Alumni Field. The score was 4-2 . This puts the team's overall record at 41-4. Game-time temperature was 71 degrees with the wind out of the north at 2 kts.
This is only the 2nd Big Ten loss, and we are now tied with Indiana atop the Big 10 standings. Stephanie Speierman was on the rubber today. This was probably her worst game of the season. She struggled in just about every inning. She gave up 3ER off 9 hits, stuck out 6 and walked 2. She also gave up one tater.
The offense didnt help her out much by leaving the bases loaded in 2 innings. The only bright spot in the line up was Nicole Sappingfield. She went 2 for 3 with the only 2 RBIs that we could muster.
Hutch did something very interesting in the 5th inning. Stephanie worked herself into a jam with bases loaded and no outs. Hutch calmly walked out to the mound and told her that she trusted her and for her to pitch her way. The next batter looped one out into LF for an RBI. Hutch still kept Stephanie in. Stephanie settled down and struck out 2 to shut down the Hawkeyes. This takes balls even from vetern coach.
This will probably drop us a few spots in the national polls but we are still good to host a regional in May.