The SB Team completed a 3-game sweep against Penn State today by winning a double header 18-4 and 9-6. Today, combined with teh emotional game yesterday, gives us a 6-0 record in conference play.
In the first game, Sara continued to dominate in the circle as well as at the plate. She led all hitters by going 2 for 4 with 5 RBIs. In the circle, she pitched all 5 innings; gave up 4 ER on 5 hits. She had 3 Ks and 5 BB with 1 HBP.
Sierra Romero went long and deep, twice; finishing 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and 4 runs scored. Caitlin Blanchard went 3 for 4 with 1 RBI and 3 runs scored. Ashley Lane went 2 for 5 with 1 RBI. Sierra Lawrence went 2 for 3 with an RBI and 3 runs scored. Colie went 3 for 3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
Overall we had 17 hits for the first game mercy-rule win. Romero continues to tare it up and should be the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Lawrence will also get some love as well. Caitlin is now leading the team in BA (>50 AB).
In the second game, Lauren Sweet came up big. She went 4 for 4 with 5 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Colie went 3 for 5 with an RBI. Ashley Lane went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Jaclyn Crummey went 2 for 4.
Haylie got the ball in the second game and pitched all 7 innings. She gave up 6 runs (2 ER) on 8 hits and 2 M errors. She had 6 Ks and no BB although she had 2 HBP.
I predicted Penn State to finish near the bottom of the conference. However, it is great to see such good pitching and timely hitting. The game 1 game-ball goes to Sara and the game 2 game ball goes to Lauren.
Great job again ladies. Keep it up.
and you can't have one without the other....
A clutch conference win on the road for the Michigan Women's Water Polo team! Junior Kelsey Nolan's hat trick helped power M to a comeback OT win over our biggest conference rival, Indiana. (Indiana is the only other B1G team in our conference/division for water polo.)
2 years ago, a group of us made the 6 or 7 hour journey down to Bloomington to witness another 1-goal victory over the hated Hoosiers, so this brought back some good memories. If Michigan wins the CWPA Western Division championship, the CWPA Eastern Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament is at stake at home in Canham Natatorium the last weekend of April.
More great news!
For the first time in the storied history of Michigan Swimming & Diving, the Wolverines have captured the 200yd Medley Relay NCAA National Championship.
Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zachary Turk set FOUR records in the win. A NCAA National record, an NCAA Championships record, a school record and a US Open record! 1:22.27 was the time.
Michigan has slim lead with one day left in the NCAA Championships. The finals will be tomorrow. Michigan leads with 336 points. cal trails them with 301.5 points.
Would be an astounding feat and the first NCAA Championship since 1995.
Coach Carol Hutchins reached a milestone today by winning her 1300th game by defeating Penn State 7-4 in Not-So Happy Valley. She ranks third all-time behind retired Cal State-Fresno coach Margie Wright who had 1457 wins current Arizona coach Mike Candras who has 1335.
Coach Hutchins is the most winningest coach in Michigan history and arguably the best coach. She is certainly the most successful of all active coaches.
Sara Driesenga was the offensive and defensive hero today to help Coach. Sara was the starting and winning pitcher by pitching 2 innings and giving up 2ER off 4 hits. She struck out 3 and walked 1. Sara also went deep and long (1 for 1) for a 2-run homer.
Haylie Wagner came into the game in the 3rd inning and pitched very well for the remaining 5 innings. She gave up 2 runs (0 ER) on 4 hits. She had 5 Ks and no BBs.
Sierra Lawerence went 2 for 3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Nicole Sappingfield went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Thanks Coach Hutch for your dedication to the University of Michigan. Thanks for providing us with decades of enjoyment when our hearts were broken by many of the other M Teams. You are truely the definition of a "Michigan Man". I hope you break the overall softball record as well.
Michigan Swimming adds another NCAA National Champion to the list. JR Connor Jaeger captures the NCAA National Championship in the 500-yard freestyle!
He is the first swimmer since Peter Vanderkaay in 2006 to win the 500yd freestyle national championship.