The M softball team (14-6) split two games yesterday in Fullerton, CA.
Against Houston (11-9) Sierra Romero hit a home run but apart from that M was able to bring just one of their 13 other baserunners (9 other hits, 2 walks, 2 HBP) around. Romero had 3 hits and Lauren Sweet, Lyndsay Doyle, and Kelsey Susalla 2 each. Megan Betsa started and had a rough outing, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, a walk, and an HBP in 1.2 innings. Sara Driesenga finished up and fared better, giving up 2 unearned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in 4.1 innings. She struck out 3 Cougars.
In contrast, M got some timely hitting against Arizona (20-2), in particular from Sierra Lawrence who had two RBI singles. Haylie Wagner went the distance, allowing 1 walk, 1 HBP, and just 4 hits despite striking out just one Wildcat. The M defense did its job, committing no errors and allowing very few of the numerous balls in play to get through for hits.
Today M goes up against Texas.
The University of Michigan Softball team climbed to #3 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, and to #4 in the USA Today/Coaches poll.
This is a well deserved promotion considering their excellent showing in the Judi Garman Classic held in California this past weekend. UM handily defeated #6 Arizona State and #7 Arizona. Georgia was rated #1 in both polls but recently lost 2 games, thus the drop out of first place. Last week's #4 team, Washington, also lost at the Judi Garman classic, so they dropped a few spots.
The Wolverines open the Big Ten Season today by playing at Northwestern. Game time temperature is about 32 degrees. Our last game was 65 degrees. So it will be a little chilly on the...ah...um...hands.
Per my previous post, we are in great shape to start the conference. NW might give us a few problems, as well as tosu and Iowa. Again, my Big 10 prediction is to lose only 2 (+/-1) game during the Big 10 season.
Couldn't wait for MGoSoftball tonight. Softball mercied Arkansas 8-0 in 5 innings and beat Ball State tonight 8-3 to give coach Carol Hutchins her 1,200th all time victory. Softball is now 21-0 on the season, with USF on deck tomorrow.
Congrats to Hutch! An awesome coach and one of the finest people I know.
Check out the pictures that I took on Sunday at the Michigan softball game.
Let me know what you think.
The Michigan Softball team looks like they are in mid-season form taking 2 more games today at the Houston Invitational. They beat the Ohio Bobcats in the first game 6 - 0. Senior Jordan Taylor was in the circle for the first game. She took a perfect game into the 6th inning before giving up a couple of singles. She finished up with a complete game shut out. It was the 31st of her career. She has 8 Ks and 0 BB. Going long was Junior Amanda Chidester and freshman Caitlin Blanchard
In the second game, Sophmore Stephanie Speierman pitched just as well as Jordan. She had 8 Ks, 2 BB and gave up 3 hits for an 8 to 1 win. Sophomore second baseman Ashley Lane punched out her second grand slam of the weekend in the 6th inning of the SFA game.
It looks like Stephanie is a great #2 to Jordan. We should be in great shape. Also it seems like the youngsters are hitting the ball well to help out Shaw. Wwe have power for both pitchers and great bats up and down the lineup.
The Michigan hosted NCAA softball regional is under way. Here's the official site's link:
|Friday, May 21|
|Game 1 -- #2 seed Notre Dame vs. #3 seed Illinois State, 2:30 p.m.|
|Game 2 -- #1 seed Michigan vs. #4 seed Wright State, 5 p.m.|
|Saturday, May 22|
|Game 3 -- Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Noon|
|Game 4 -- Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 2:30 p.m.|
|Game 5 -- Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 5 p.m.|
|Sunday, May 23|
|Game 6 -- Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.|
|Game 7 (if necessary) -- Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 3:30 p.m.|
Today's games were moved up, so if you were heading out, get there early! I'll be heading down to Alumni field, hopefully through Sunday!