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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.
Michigan's Dorian Shaw is a finalist for the Lowe's CLASS award. This award is given out annually to those seniors who excel on and off the field. CLASS is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The only other Big 10 chosen is Illinois' Danielle Zymkowitz.. The other candidates are: Stephanie Brombacher (Florida), Alisa Goler (Georgia), Chelsea Kelley (Radford), Brittany Lastrapes (Arizona), Kristine Priebe (Georgia Tech), Jenn Salling (Washington), Taylor Schlopy (Georgia) and April Setterlund (Boston). The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates that were announced in February.
Congratulations Dorian. We are all proud of you. Thanks for all the great memories.
UPDATE: Dorian is in second place as of Noon 29MAR11. Please vote
Two Michigan softball players were taken in the professional draft held this weekend: Dorian Shaw and Jordan Taylor. Dorian was chosen by the Chicago Bandits, while Taylor went to the USSA Pride.
Dorian was the fourth overall pick of the draft and the second infielder chosen. She is the fifth Wolverine to be selected in the first round.
Jordan was taken in the third round and was the fourth pitcher off the board.
The Univeristy of Michigan softball had an unusual loss today to Fresno St. 3-1. Jordan Taylor was in the circle and took the loss. She gave up 2 HR and 1 triple, all 3 runs were earned. She had 10 strike out and 2 walks.
She must have been trying to develop a new pitch. I will have to go back ion the archives but I cannot find where she allowed 2 HR in a single game at Michigan.
We managed to get 8 hits but just could not put anything together. Bree Evans went 2 for 4 while scoring the lone run. Dorian Shaw went 2 for 3 and gets credit for the RBI. This rally was in the top of the 1st and we did not get any momentum after.
This is basically the half way point for the Wolverines. The Big 10 schedule starts next weekend. We are now 29-2. We have 24 game remaining in the Big 10 and various local teams (Central Mi, Eastern Mi, Bowling Green and Western Mi).
We are right about where I thought we would be: 2 losses. Although I will admit I did not see a loss to Western Ky and Fresno St. But it is nice to see us with big wins over Notre Dame, Arizona and Arizona St.
The M Softball train keep rolling along this spring. Today we defeated a fairly good ND team 9-4.
The offensive was explosive today by gathering 16 hits. Sophomore sensation Ashley Lane was the hero today by going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. Senior Dorian Shaw went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
Sophomore Pitcher Stephanie Speierman was awesome on the rubber today. She gave up 6 hits, and 2 ER. She struck out 6 and walked 1. Hilary Payne came in to relieve Stephanie in the bottom of the 7th. She allowed 2 hits and struck out 1, and 0 ER.
Notre Dame came into the Judi Garman Classic with a ercord of 14-2. In their first game fof the tourney, ND beat #9 Oklahoma 2-1 in a thrilling contest. They were mercied by Cal State Fullerton 10-0, then lost to La-Laf 5-1. They got it together and beat New Mexico 5-0 and then lost to #4 Washington 7-4 before facing the Ann Arbor Assassins.
We play one more game in this tourney against Fresno State.
The women's softball team won again early this morning, with a 5-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton.
Chiddy was the big stick by going yard (2 for 3) and 2 RBIs and a run scored. Dorian Shaw went 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Stephanie Speierman got the start and pitched 5,2 innings, She allowed 2 ER while strkingout 1 and walking 7, Jordan Taylor came in to face the final 5 hitters and struk out 2, 0 BB and 1 HBP (ouch, that's going to leave a mark).
Not a very good start for Stephanie but good enough for the win. We play tomorrow at 4pm against #8 Arizona. This should be a dandy.