Michigan rounded out its set of fall scrimmages on Tuesday (and then Mgoblue.com took two more days to post any results) with a 16-3 drubbing of EMU, the encore performance to last Thursday's 17-1 pounding of the Hurons. This puts Michigan at 7-0 for the fall, scoring 62 runs while allowing only 8. Obviously we're dealing with scrimmages against over-matched competition, but it is still encouraging to see the team put such a great effort on the field.
Mgoblue posted a brief Q&A with Coach Hutch & junior pitcher Haylie Wagner (http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/101113aaa.html). I was not at all surprised to see Hutch talking up the senior leadership of Colie Sappingfield, who has been a key part of Michigan's team for several years now. Hutch also praised the pitching, especially singling out the addition of freshman Megan Betsa. Everyone knows this Michigan team can score runs, even with the loss of Ashley Lane's power, so if the defense can improve to match, we could be in for a fun season.
That's just about it for softball news until the season starts approaching in a few months. I'm expecting this team to do some great things as they look to defend their Big Ten Championship and get back to Oklahoma!
Great news from an mgoblue.com press release:
The University of Michigan and head softball coach Carol Hutchins have agreed to a five-year contract extension, director of athletics Dave Brandon announced on Wednesday (Nov. 7). The extension will keep Hutchins at Michigan through the 2017 season.
"I continue to be blessed to be the head coach at the University of Michigan," Hutchins said. "I am grateful to Dave Brandon and (senior associate athletic director) Bitsy Ritt for their continued support of me, my coaching staff and our program. They have invested so much in our program and we look forward to the future."
"Coach Hutchins continues to be a tremendous asset to our athletic department and University," said Brandon. "She is a great leader of young women and has proven to be one of the most successful coaches in the history of collegiate softball. We are excited to have her continued leadership both on and off the diamond."
Well its that time of year again. M vs Sparty. We had a similar discussion during the softball season. I ask you; Who is your favorite Sparty?
I was asked this question in front of my sister. Without hesitation I answered, "Carol Hutchins". My sister piped up and said. "Did you forget? I'm a Sparty"
I calmly answered, "You are my second favorite" She was pissed.
Amazing story posted to Dave Brandon's blog: softball coach Carol Hutchins and assistants give recruit's father CPR and use an AED when he suffers a heart attack. The man was taken to UM hospital and survived.
Nice save, coach.http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/brandon/spec-rel/051411aaa.html
The Michigan softball team lost today against Iowa at Alumni Field. The score was 4-2 . This puts the team's overall record at 41-4. Game-time temperature was 71 degrees with the wind out of the north at 2 kts.
This is only the 2nd Big Ten loss, and we are now tied with Indiana atop the Big 10 standings. Stephanie Speierman was on the rubber today. This was probably her worst game of the season. She struggled in just about every inning. She gave up 3ER off 9 hits, stuck out 6 and walked 2. She also gave up one tater.
The offense didnt help her out much by leaving the bases loaded in 2 innings. The only bright spot in the line up was Nicole Sappingfield. She went 2 for 3 with the only 2 RBIs that we could muster.
Hutch did something very interesting in the 5th inning. Stephanie worked herself into a jam with bases loaded and no outs. Hutch calmly walked out to the mound and told her that she trusted her and for her to pitch her way. The next batter looped one out into LF for an RBI. Hutch still kept Stephanie in. Stephanie settled down and struck out 2 to shut down the Hawkeyes. This takes balls even from vetern coach.
This will probably drop us a few spots in the national polls but we are still good to host a regional in May.
In one of the softball threads we have been having a great discussion. So I decided to bring it to its own thread.
The question is: who is your favorite Sparty?
Mine is Carol Hutchins. She is probably in my all-time Top 5 favorite Michigan coaches.
My second favorite Sparty is my sister who has a BA and MSW from msu. She teases me about our colors being "corn and blue". Spoken from a true Sparty and all things agricultural.