"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
The Michigan Softball team eeked out another close victory today at Alumni Field. The girls battled every inning and took the lead in the 5th inning by scoring 3 runs. Game-time temperature was 60 degrees under mostly cloudy skies with zero wind.
Bree Evans could not extend her 19 game hit streak, going 0-3 on the day. The Michigan consecutive game hit streak record is held by Nicole Sappingfield who completed this task earlier this year at 20 consecutive games with a hit.
Jordan Taylor was on the rubber today and pitched very well despite getting behind early. She finished the game with 1 ER off 6 hits, striking out 5, 2 HPB and walking none
Dorian Shaw was the offensive hero today by going 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. She recorded the game winning RBI in the 5th inning with a double off a 3-2 pitch. Colie Sappingfield scored from 1st. Dorian scored later in the inning.
Colie went 1 for 3 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. Amanda Chidester went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Lindsay Doyle went 1 for 3 and scored the tying run.
Today was a fun game to watch. Minny was up 2-0 and had all the momentum. But the karma was with us today and a nearly sold out crowd. This weeked is Veteran's Appreciation Weekend.
In other softball action, #1 ASU beat Washington earlier today 6-4. #3 Texas was bitch-slapped by Texas A&M yesterday. #4 Florida spanked #5 Tennessee.
This loss by Tennessee could mean that we will be paired with Tennessee in the Supers. Many think the NCAA has a "love-fest" with Michigan-Tennessee matchup. I dont think Tennessee will drop enough to warrant a #15 national seed. I still think it will be ND.
Well I think all of our fears have been answered today regarding JT and her Rotator Cuff injury last week. JT was back in her usual dominate form by striking out 10 and walkiing 1 and yielding 1 ER off of 1 hit. The win was JTs 100th win in her college career at Michigan.
JT looks like she hasnt missed a pitch and is ready for the post-season that begins 20MAY11.
The offensive heros are Amanda Chidester and Ashley Lane. Chiddy went 1 for 3 with 5 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Her only hit was a grand slam home run in the second inning. Ashley went 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and 1 run scored. She also hit a tater, a 3 run shot in the first inning.
Overall, a very nice win as compared to last nights game against EMU. I know we have a open thread but I thought JTs 100th was worth its own thread.
Blue Dragon, you know what to do.
#1 Michigan SB swept PSU by duplicate 5-4 games. Our record is now 41-3.
In the first game, Jordan Taylor gave up 3 ER on 7 hits and dishing out 8 strikeouts and no walks. She did give up 1 bomb. She finished the game,
Amanda Chidester went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored with a HR, Bree Evans came up clutch, going 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and a run scored. Colie Sappingfield also was 2 for 4 with a run scored,
In the nightcap, Stephanie Speierman was on the rubber for the win. She pitched 5 innings and gave up 2 ER while racking up 8 K and only 1 BB. JT finished the final 2 innings. She gave up 2 ER on 2 hits while garnering 2 Ks and 0 BB. She gave up another bomb in the second game as well.
Amanda Chidester was the game 2 hero as well. She went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Bree Evans went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and a run scored.
The game was televised on the BTN, Dan Kelly was the play by play announcer. We host Iowa this Sat and Sun.
The Michigan Softball team won a very critical game today against Illinois. The socre was 8-6. This is the first of 2 games today at Urbana. This is a make-up game from yesterday's rain out. It is critical because Illinois is tied with Indiana for 2nd place atop the Big 10 standings. Indiana took 2 games from Wiscy this weekend to remain at 2 conference losses.
The game-time temperature was 61 degrees under sunny skies. The wind was from the West at 10MPH. This is wonderful weather for a ball game
The offensive hero was none other than my pre-season All-American selection Ashley Lane. She went 2 for 3 from the dish with 3 RBIs and 1 run scored from a HR. Ashley now leads the team in HR, RBIs, Slugging % and doubles. Amanda Chidester went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored via a HR. Nicole Sappingfield went 2 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
Jordan Taylor was in the circle today. She wasnt her usual self today. This was one of the ugliest wins that I witness this year. But a win is a win. She gave up 6 ER on 9 hits (1 HR), she struck out 9 and walked 2. She also had 5 HBP. This is a very high number for JT. She will occasionally get 1 HBP per game but 5? Not her best outing for sure. But she gets the win which is the most important statistic.
This is the first game of a DH today. The second game is just as important because #2 Indiana is keeping pace with us. They only have 2 losses. #3 Illiinois has 3 losses after the first game today. #4 Iowa is currently winning against NU, they currently have 3 losses.
Chiddy also hit a home run in the 3rd. She ended the game 2 for 2 with 5 RBIS with no BB or Ks. Ashley Lane followed Chiddy's HR in the 3rd with one of her own for a back to back taters. Ashley now leads the team in HR with 12. She is tied with Chiddy with RBIs with 42.
Amy Knapp hit a solo HR in the 4th. She ended the game 1 for 3 with 1 RBI, 1 K and 0 BB. Caitlyn Blanchard went 2 ofr 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.
Jordan Taylor was on the rubber today. After a shaky 1st inning, she settled in and finished the game with 1 ER off 3 hits, 7 Ks and 0 BB.
This was a great game because it was the first game since we came home from spring ball that we hit so well.
Hutch indicated that after the poor offensive showing last weekend against Indiana, all the ladies did was hit in the cages. What a wonderful showing by JT and the entire offense.
Edit: We play again tomorrow at 2pm at Alumni Field. The weather should be almost 70 degrees.
Blue Dragon????? You know what to do.........
The Univeristy of Michigan softball team won its home opener today against Bowling Green University Falcons (4-2). The win puts our record at 32-2. Michigan had 10 hits and committed 1 error.
It was 40°F with a wind chill factor of 36°F. The Humidity was 36% and the UV index was rated a 1. The wind was 6mph From the N. The sun peaked through several times during the game.
Michigan was led by Ashley Lane who went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored via a HR. Today's HR gives Ashley 11 HRs which ties for for the team lead with Dorian Shaw. The 2 RBIs give her 41 which leads the team. Ashely's HR came in the bottom of the 5th inning that was estimated to be 300 feet. It was a monster blast.
Amanda Chidester went 2 for 3 with a run scored and a RBI. Lindsay Doyle went 2 for 3 as well, with 1 RBI.
Stephanie Speierman was in the circle today to improve her record to 15-0. She gave up 1 ER on 3 hits with 6 Ks and 6 BB. She also gave up 1 home run. Jordan Taylor came in relief in the top of the 7th inning, striking out 2, for the save.
Stephanie sturggled today against a very bad Bowling Green team. BGU has only 4 wins on the year. Stephanie's BB to K ratio is too high. A good pitcher should be about 1:2 and a great pitcher 1:3. Hutch is giving Stephanie gametime because once we get into the meat of the conference schedule, her playing time could be reduced.
We host Indiana this Saturday and Sunday, both games start at 2pm. The weather is forecasted to be in the 40s with a slight chance of rain.