"I love it that Ivy League coaches are coming to our camp and Big Ten coaches are coming to our camp. South Florida is coming. We've got about 70 schools that are coming to our camp."
Now on BTN. Megan Betsa on the mound, struck out the side in the first. Winner faces Northwestern in the semis.
Michigan set the tone for this game as soon as it started, with Sierra Lawrence hitting a leadoff homer in the 1st inning to give Michigan 1-0 lead.
After the homerun, lulz would ensue.
In the 3rd inning, Rutgers walked SiLo intentionally after she hit that leadoff HR in the first. Rutgers put two on with none out for Sierra Romero. Romero then hit a 2-run double to give Michigan 3-0 lead which eventually become a 4-0, 2nd inning lead, when Kelsey Susalla scored Romero on a rocket of a ball that the RU 1B couldn't grab.
In the bottom of the 4th with Michigan up 4-0, Rutgers walked Tera Blanco, Abby Ramirez reached second base on a bunt and throwing error and Rutgers WALKED Sierra Lawrence to load the bases...........with Sierra Romero up to bat.......with none out.
So, Romero up to bat with loaded bases and no outs. That didn't end very well for Rutgers. Romero hit her 9th career grand slam to put Michigan up 8-0. I literally sat in amazement reading that Rutgers walked SiLo to get to Romero with loaded bases.
Immediately after the grand slam, Kelly Christner hit a home run to give Michigan 9-0 lead.
Immediately after THAT, Kelsey Susalla hit a home run to push the lead to 10-0. Aidan Falk then hit an RBI single to give Michigan an 11-0 lead after 4 innings.
In the 5th and final inning, Christner came up big again, hitting a 3-run shot giving Michigan a 14-0 lead. That same exact inning after a Taylor Swearingen RBI single, Aidan Falk hit a 3-run homer of her own to give Michigan an 18-0 lead.
Betsa struck out 9 Scarlet Knights in this game. A great performance and Michigan's third straight run rule victory. Let's do it again tomorrow and Sunday.
The super Sophomore is up for the USA Collegiate Softball National Player of the Year.
No Michigan player has ever won the award. Jennie Ritter was a top-3 finalist in 2005.
National awards by sport-
- Heisman Trophy- Tom Harmon, Desmond Howard & Charles Woodson
- Naismith College POY- Trey Burke
- Hobey Baker Award- Brendan Morrison & Kevin Porter
- Golden Spikes- Jim Abbott
Welp, off to a pretty rough start.
san diego state's 2nd hitter hit a home run off Wagner.
10 year old Natalie Harper has had a battery of surgeries, including open heart, and is facing another. She's essentially been adopted by the softball team, which has included her as a member.
Awesome story. Great to see M sports continuing to make a difference in the lives of people all around the country.