Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
The Softball Team played their final game of the "Spring Break Tour" this morning. They defeated Illinois State 2-1.
The offense was led by Caitlin Blanchard who went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Colie went 3 for 4 with a runs scored. Amy Knapp went 2 for 3 and Ashley Lane went 2 for 4 and scored teh game winning run. Sierra Lawerence hit a double in the top of the 7th and Ashley scored on a throwing error. Ashley and Amy are showing their Senior leadership that this team needs.
Haylie was the winning pitcher. She allowed 1 ER off 1 hit, which was a 3rd inning bomb to ISU's, Kolby Hoffman. Haylie faced 25 batters and struck out 7 and walked 3.
So we are now approaching the half way mark of the season. Haylie is back and is in her groove. Sara continues to dominate and the offense is getting help up and down the line-up. Next weekend's trip to California and the Judi Garman Classic will be a barometer. Several Top 20 teams will be there.
The Softball Ball Team; #15 in both polls, defeated a very good #12 U-L Lafayette today in the NFCA Tourney in Clearwater Florida; 3-1 The weather today is mostly sunny and 82F.
Ashley Lane delivered the game winning hit by going long. She knocked in Caitlyn Blanchard, who was on base due to a HBP. Amy Knapp drove in the 3rd run with a line drive to RF and driving in Sierra Lawerence who reached base on an error. We had only 3 hits total but that was enough for the W.
Sara was the winning pitcher by going the distance. She gave up 1 unearned run on 4 hits. She walked 1 and struck out 3.
We took advantage of 2 Ragin-Cajuns errors. It is nice to see the ladies getting key hits and playing good defense. Sara has been lights out thus far this year.
Coach Hutch is still juggling the line up. She has Lauren and Ashley hitting in the 7 and 8 slots. She also has Caitlyn playing 1B and Nicole playing RF. These are interesting moves by Coach. It seems to be paying dividends.
This week's poll has us at #15 for both USA Today and ESPN. The only real difference between the two polls is USA Today has Alabama #1 whereas the ESPN has Oklahoma #1.
2nd GAME TODAY
The team scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th for a 7-4 lead then Illinois State managed to work the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th and they scored 3 runs to tie the game. It is now in the 8th Inning.
Caitlyn Blanchard drove in 2 runs in the top of the 7th inning in a 4-run inning. She connected on the first pitch while bases were loaded. We led most of the day but Illinois St scored 2 in the bottom of the 6th to take the lead before the 7 inning free-for-all.
Sara is currently 3 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBIs to help her cause. Caitlyn is going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Ashley Lane is 4 for 4. Nicole is 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Sierra Lawerence is 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Kelsey Susalla is 1 for 4 with an RBI and a Run scored.
UM pulls out the win in the 10th innings on a homer by Sierra Romero with 1 on, 11-9.
The Michigan Softball team avoided a rare Big Ten sweep today by beating Minny 5-3. It wasn't easy however as it took 10 innings to do so.
Haylie Wagner hit the GW HR in the 10th inning for the win. Amy Knapp scored the insurance run off a Bree Evans single. Haylie finished 1 for 4 with the lone RBI and run. She also pitched the entire game. She finished with 3 ER off 5 hits. She struck out 7 and surrendered 5 walks.
Amy Knapp went 2 for 3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Bree Evans was in the lead off spot today and went 3 for 6 with an RBI. Lauren Sweet went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
It is good to see Bree back in the #1 hole and she does not appear to be injured. Coach must have just wanted to juggle the lineup yesterday and put Bree in the #9 hole.
We stay atop the Big Ten standings sitting on 12-3.
2) Purdue 10-4 lost to Illinois today 8-6, so they are 1 game behind.
3) Wisconsin 11-4 beat Penn St. 9-0
4) Nebraska 10-5 lost to ohio 4-0
I think it is safe to say that we will not get a #1 seed to host a regional. It is possible that we would be a #2 seed in an Ann Arbor regional with the MAC champion and possibly Megangoblue's team or maybe my buddy's team Valpo. This would be a long shot.
The Michigan Softball team had its best series of the year, this weekend in Columbus. We smoked them Friday 10-2, then took 2 from them today 11-4 and 6-5.
Sara Driesenga started the first game and went the distance. She finished the game with 4 ER off 5 hits. She struck out 4 and walked 5. She also went 3 for 5 at the plate.
The offense is clicking in mid-season form by scrapping up 16 hits. Yes, that is correct. I said 16 (sixteen) hits. Chiddy led the way with a 2 for 3 performance and getting 3 RBIs and scoring 2 runs. Colie game out of her mini-slump by going 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Ashley, Lyndsay and Steph Kirkpatrick each had 2 hits.
The second game was a little closer but not as close as the score would indicate. Haylie got the start and had a complete game. Things were a little rough on Haylie in the first inning. She had one pitch she which she could have back. It was a meat-ball for ohio 1B Evelyn Carrillo, who sent it for a ride for a grand slam. After that 1st inning, Haylie settled in and pitched a wonderful game. She ended up with 4 ER off 5 hits. She struck out 4 and walked 3.
The offense was led by Amy Knapp. She was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and 1 run scored. Bree Evans went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. We had 3 errors in the second game which can't make Coach happy.
Now I can say that we are starting to get on track. ohio is a very good team this year. They will finish in the top half of the B1G. We should have swept Indiana last week too but that is how things go. Great job ladies. Keep up the good work. We never lost faith in you.
I just hope everyone on this board realizes that we have an icon for a coach. She is the best and I would not trade her for anyone including Candreas.
The M softball team lost the second game today 10-7 against #17 LA Lafayette. This game had 9 lead changes. Haylie got the start and was roughed up early. She did not get out of the 1st inning. Sara came on in relief and did not fare much better. Stephanie came in to settle things down but the damage was done.
The offense came alive and garnered 10 hits. Ashley Lane went 2 for 3 (both were bombs) and 2 runs scored with 3 RBIs. Chiddy also went deep and went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 2 RBIs. Even Amy boinked one. But it was not enough.
Coach is continuing to juggle the lineup as Ashley was playing 1st and Lyndsay was playing RF. I suspect that Amy is going to be the regular 2nd Baseman. Chiddy and Stephanie have secured their spots at 3rd and SS respectively. 1st base is still open in my mind as Mandy is still adapting. Ashley and Mandy have been rotating at 1B. Colie and Bree have LF and CF locked up. RF is a little more fluid with Lyndsay and Lauren has almost solidified the catcher position.
This loss hurts. There is no way to make any sense out of it. Our weakness has been hitting and our strength has been our pitching with the Freshman. But with tonights game and the hitting was awesome, the pitching was not-so-good. This will drop us at least 2 spots and maybe even 4 or 5.
I am still very proud of our kids. The Freshmen are a little unpredictable, I agree but they ARE Freshmen. Keep up the good work ladies. Your hard work will payoff and we have your back. We will continue to support you regardless of your record. Keep studying and dont let losses get to you. The Michigan Family is 100% behind you.
The Michigan Softball team won again today aganist Minny 8-1. This comes off a lack-luster 4-2 victory yesterday. Game-time temperature was 64 degrees under sunny skies.
Jordan Taylor got the start today. Hutch is starting the "tourney run" today by pitching JT in back to back games. I suspect JT will get the ball from here on out. Hutch has been very good at not over pitching JT this year. JT has 205 IP and SS has 120 IP. Hutch has given Stephanie an equal amount of innings so that JT doesnt get burned out. Now, with JT all tuned up, JT can begin the chase for the NC.
JT finished the day with 6 innings pitched. She gave up 1 ER off 6 hits, with 10Ks, 3 BB and 1 HBP. Stephanie Speierman came in the 7th to close it down.
With her 10 strikeouts today, senior RHP Jordan Taylor has registered double-digit strikeouts in four of Michigan's last six games. She is the only Michigan pitcher in program history to surpass 250 strikeouts in each of her collegiate seasons.
Amy Knapp was the offensive hero today by going 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and 1 run scored. Amanda Chidester went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Bree Evans went 2 for 4 with a RBI and run scored.
We dominated this game from the first pitch. We came very close to another mercy rule win. We play 2 against Lil Sister next weekend in a home and home series. The Tournament pairings should be out Monday 16th or Tuesday the 17th with the tourney starting on Friday the 20th.