The Michigan Softball team righted the ship this morning by defeating Mississippi State 3-1 in Clearwater Florida. This comes off the heels of two disappointing losses Friday and Saturday. Haylie started in the circle and yielded 1ER off 4 hits with 1 BB and 2 HBP. Sara came in to relieve Haylie in the 5th inning. Sara finished allowing 0 ER and 1 hit; she had 1 K and 0 BB. Coach is keeping the youngsters on a short leash today.
The offense was led by Caitlin Blanchard who went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored. She hit a crucial hit to knock in Chiddy from second. Bree Evans was awarded an RBI after she worked the pitcher to full count while the bases were loaded and managed to get a good call along the way for the base on balls which scored a run. Chiddy went 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Now this is Michigan Softball that we know and love. Great pitching, timely hitting and ZERO errors today can make a coach smile. Coach Hutch uses many bench players today as well. Katie Luetkens, Brandi Virgil, and Jaclyn Crummey got into the game.
The two losses this weekend hurts. There is no doubt about that. We will drop more than a few spots in the polls next week. However, mid-season polls are useless. It gives fans and alums something to brag about before the Big Ten season starts. I personally wish they would release polls starting on May 1st leading into Regionals. Either way, GREAT job this morning ladies.
The team will stay in Florida for Spring Break and play Wednesday against USF in Tampa. This week we will play some top teams so we will get tested through this coming weekend. I have faith in the ladies and Coach will ensure they are ready to play.
Senior RHP Jordan Taylor extended her shutout-inning streak to 23 straight innings with a complete-game one-hitter against the Minutewomen. The Wolverine ace struck out 10 -- her second double-digit strike tally of the weekend -- and allowed one walk to improve to 4-0.
Senior first baseman Dorian Shaw and freshman designated player Caitlan Blanchard recorded solo home runs to pace the Wolverines past UMass 3-0.
Michigan plays tomorrow in the championship game at 1pm.