Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
The SB Team won a thriller today vs NC State at the Judi Garman Classic at Cal State Fullerton by a score of 1-0. We finished the highly prestigious tournament 4-1.
Haylie Wagner was nearly perfect today after a few bumps and brusies after returning from injury earlier this month. She pitched 8 innings, faced 29 batters, struck out 6, walked none and had 2 HBP. She scattered 5 hits and did not allow a run.
The winning run was scored in the bottom of the 8th. In NCAA the International Tie-breaker is used. This places the player who was at bat the previous inning when the last out was made, gets placed on 2nd base.
In this case it was Nicole Sappingfield. The first batter up was Sierra Romero and she singled to RF pushing Colie to 3rd base with no outs. Sierra stole second and NC State intentionally walked Sara to set up the force at the plate with no outs. Brandi Virgil pinch ran for 'Sara. Ashley Lane hit a hot shot to 3rd and the 3rd baseman could not make a play which scored Lyndsay for the win.
Hats off to NC State Pitcher So. Emily Weiman who pitched very well today. She pitched all 8 innings and gave up the one run but she struck out 8 and walked 1.
What a wonderful weekend for the ladies. The VT game was puzzling but they bounced back to win 4 in a row against tough teams. Great job ladies.
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 traveled to ohio this weekend for a Friday Night / Saturday Double series against ohio. ohio is play some very good ball but we were just too much for them. We easily defeated our rivals by a score of 9-2
We were helped by a big 5-run third inning. Ashley Lane and Lauren Sweet came up big in that inning and the game. Ashley went 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored from the #4 hole. Ashley hit a 3 run dinger in the 4th. While Lauren went 1 for 3 with 3 RBIs and a run scored from a 3 run dinger in the 3rd.
Sara Driesenga hit 2 home runs, a first for her in her early career. Her first came in the 1st inning with bases empty. It was a beautiful solo shot that just stayed fair down the RF line. It looked like it hooked foul but just cleared the foul pole. Her second came in the 7th inning and was to left field. There was no question on this one. Sara finished 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
Haylie Wagner dominated the suckeyes today except for one back pitch to star play Alicia herron who took her long and hard with a runner on. She finished with 2 ER off 6 hits. She had 9, count 'em, 9 strikeouts with only 1 HBP, out of 27 batters faced. What amaizing control today for Haylie.
Now this is the type of game that we needed for weeks: a tough opponent that we dominate. Coach has to be happy tonight. The only problem is they have to stay in suckeye land tonight for towmorrow's double header.
The Michigan Softball Team took the rubber game of the weekend series against Indiana. M split yesterday so today's game was critical.
The bats were popping today. Ashley Lane was the big hero today by going 2 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBIs. Chiddy also went long and deep going 2 for 2 and scored 2 runs. Lindsay Doyle is doing all she can to keep herself in the #2 hole by going 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
Haylie Wagner was in the circle today. She gave up 1 ER off 6 hits. She walked 0 and struck out 1: a very nice outing for Haylie today. Sara Driesenga batted for Haylie and went 1 for 3 with a run scored.
Indiana is a good team, not a great team. So we need to be more consistent in our day-to-day play. I think Coach is doing a wonderful job and is just trying to get the team into a groove.
In the first game, Stephanie Kirkpatrick and Ashley Lane both hit dingers today to lead the Michigan Softball team to a 3-0 victory in Bloomington, Indiana. Haylie Wagner got the start and the win. She was relieved by Sara in the 6th Inning after she gave up 2 ER. Sara got the save.
Haylie final stats were 2 ER off 7 hits. She gave up 1 BB and 1 HBP. Sara finished with 0 runs on 0 hits 0 BB and 0 Ks.
In the second game, we lost 7-2. Sara got the ball first and went 2 innings. She gave up 3 ER on 4 hits. She gave up 2 BB and 2 Ks. Haylie came on in relief. She pitched 2 innings. She allowed 3 ER off 4 hits. She recorded 1 BB and 1 K. Hilary Payne finished the game. She allowed 1 ER off 1 hit, with 0 BB and 0 Ks.
The offense was led by Taylor Hasselbech. She had a 2 run single in the 5th inning. Colie went 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Somewhat disappointing trip for the ladies. We come back tomorrow for the rubber game. We really need to win as many B1G games as possible to hope to get a home seed for the World Series.