This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
The women's softball team won again early this morning, with a 5-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton.
Chiddy was the big stick by going yard (2 for 3) and 2 RBIs and a run scored. Dorian Shaw went 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Stephanie Speierman got the start and pitched 5,2 innings, She allowed 2 ER while strkingout 1 and walking 7, Jordan Taylor came in to face the final 5 hitters and struk out 2, 0 BB and 1 HBP (ouch, that's going to leave a mark).
Not a very good start for Stephanie but good enough for the win. We play tomorrow at 4pm against #8 Arizona. This should be a dandy.
So this is usually MGoSoftball's territory, but I'm pretty psyched about this one, so I decided to jump on this one since it's not up on the board yet.
Michigan softball has been off to a blazing start this season, but the question has been raised by many (myself included) as to how the team would do when faced with elite competition. Today we got the first hint at an answer to that question, as the team faced #6 ASU in the first game of the Judi Garman classic and came out on top, 1-0.
Jordan Taylor got the win with a two-hitter, surrendering only one walk. The winning run was a solo shot by Ashley Lane, who has really come on this season. Game #2 of the day is currently underway, as the Maize & Blue face Cal State Fullerton.
The Michigan Softball team won a huge game today against #7 Arizona State 1-0. Jordan Taylor took a perfect game into the 5th inning. She ended the game with 2 hits (1 double) and 1 walk with 8 strikeouts.
My pre-season All-American Ashley Lane was the offensive hero with a bases empty home run in the bottom of the sixth. The Wolverines had something going in the 5th with bases loaded but they could not score.
This win should answer the critics who claim that Michigan's wins were against "baby seals". This is certainly a confidence booster. M left the bases loaded in the 5th inning and could not score.
We are playing in the Judi Garman Classic this weekend. There are several top 10 teams playing, including Arizona, Washington and Oklahoma. Notre Dame beat Oklahoma in a suprise 2-1 victory. So ND might have something this year. There is a rumor that Arizona did not make the trip. More to come. Great job ladies.
Edit: Ashley's tater ties her for the team lead with Dorian Shaw at 10 each. It gives her 34 'hit-em-ins", while Dorian has 30. Colie Sappingfield and Bree Evans lead the team with 35 hits each.
I'm at the NCAAs in Philly, and here are results for Michigan wrestlers. I'm not covering them, but I figured some may want to know.
197 pigtail: Anthony Biondo d. Daniel Mitchell (American), 9-4
125: Sean Boyle d. David Klingsheim (Nebraska), 8-1
Michigan's Jordan Taylor was invited to try out for Team USA Softball. Jordan has been "lights out" for us this year. She has a 12-1 record, 0.85 earned-run average and 130 strikeouts through 90.1 innings, thus far this year.
If you have not seen Jordan pitch, this should be on your M-Bucket list. She is truely a special asset for us and is a "one-in-a-lifetime" player. She is certainly a top 10 all time M player. I hope she makes the USA team. If the Olympics brings back softball, then Jordan will be representing.
As we all wait for the CCHA Tourney and NCAA BB Tourney, perhaps we ride the tide of Maize & Blue spirit to help another important group in the UofM athletic campus. The athletic trainers have entered a contest. The submission from the University with the most views of its video wins a prize. Here's the link.