Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
The U of Michigan Rugby Club has been invited to participate in the Collegiate Rugby "Sevens" Championship tournament in Philadelphia May 31 and June 1.
This tournament is nationally televised on NBC and this will be the first time that M has participated.
This tournament will feature the seven a side game which will also be the version of the sport that will be played in the 2016 Olympics.For those unfamiliar with "Sevens" Rugby. Games are played on a regulation size field with seven on each side as opposed to 15 as side in the traditional game. Each half is seven minutes long - it is a track meet.
Although not as replete with men in blazers as a bowl game, there is a similar catch to M's participation. The club is responsible for the sale of 350 tickets to the event. While most of those have been purchased, the club is still short.
For those of you in the Philly area (or even NY or DC) this is a great, inexpensive way to support U of M at an exciting nationally televised event.
If you are going to purchase tickets - please use this link so the M Rugby Club gets credit for the tickets.
After a nail-biter on Saturday, the softball team decided to make things a little easier on themselves Sunday, winning a pair of run-rule decisions, 10-0 (5 inn.) and 9-1 (6 inn.). The two wins represented the 500th and 501st wins in conference play for Carol Hutchins. Hutch now boasts a career record of 1354-457 overall.
After the offense continued to struggle in the early innings of game one, Sierra Romero got things started with a solo-shot in the fourth, and then the lid came off in a big way. Taylor Hasselbach added two more runs with her first of three home runs on the day, and then in the fifth the Wolverines plated 7, capped off by a game-ending grand slam from catcher Lauren Sweet. Game two brought more of the same, as Hasselbach drove in two more homers, including a grand slam of her own.
The pitching staff picked up right where Wagner left off on Friday, surrendering just 5 hits and one earned run in 11 innings of work. Driesenga is looking steadily more in control after struggling during non-conference play, delivering the game one shut-out via 6 Ks to just one walk. Betsa continued to show her ability as a strike-out pitcher, delivering ten strikeouts over the course of the game. On the season, Betsa now has just one fewer K than ace Haylie Wagner, despite having pitched over 40 fewer innings (she does have a few more walks than Wagner). Having two strong pitchers with such different styles could prove a great asset going forward.
Elsewhere in the Big Ten, both Purdue and Minnesota took losses over the weekend, giving Michigan a full two game lead three weeks into the season. After a mid-week matchup against Central (correction - Western, Central is next week), the Wolverines have a three game set with a miserable Michigan State squad (1 in Ann Arbor, 2 in East Lansing). The Spartans are in last place in the Big Ten with just one win, and have yet to reach double-digit wins on the season. They've lost nine of their last ten, and were just swept by Penn State. The only danger I can see here is if Michigan gets caught looking ahead to the big showdown with Minnesota the week after, which will likely determine conference supremacy.
This really has nothing to do with the site, other than the video being from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. But I figured at a minimum it could make for an unusually nice start to Monday morning for some readers. One of the better April Fools pranks I can remember recently.
Don't know how to embed, but enjoy:
The Red-Hot Softball Team continues their streak by outscouring ohio yesterday 1-0. The #5 ranked SB Team plays a double header today at 1pm and 3pm at Alumni Field.
The only run was scored in our half of the first. With 2 outs, Romo walked, stole second and scored on Caitlin's single into RH. Lyndsay went 2 for 3; Silo and Abby each had one hit.
The game-ball goes to Haylie. She pitched all 7 innings and allowed no runs and 2 hits. The had 7 Ks and 2 BB. Another gem for Haylie. It certainly looks like last year's injury is completely healed.
I hope that Megan gets the ball in one of the games today. I would like to see how she handles the pressure at home against some good competition.
While most of us have been thinking Spring Football today, the undefeated Tigers have been doing their thing this afternoon in Detroit. As I type this, the game is going into the top of the 9th, with a 7-1 lead for the Tigers. Brad Ausmus looks to be bringing in Phil Coke for the 9th in a non-save situation. Rick Porcello started and was outstanding in his first start of the new season, giving up 1 run on just 3 hits over 6 2/3 innings. Don Kelly leads the Tigers today with a 3-for-4 day, including a triple. Torii Hunter has added a homer and double to the offensive mix in a 13-hit Tiger attack.
Right now, it's still 7-2, one down in the 9th for the O's after a single and triple plate a run.
If the Tigers lose a game or two this season, it's likely gonna be due to the bullpen...