"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
The Michigan Softball team had its best series of the year, this weekend in Columbus. We smoked them Friday 10-2, then took 2 from them today 11-4 and 6-5.
Sara Driesenga started the first game and went the distance. She finished the game with 4 ER off 5 hits. She struck out 4 and walked 5. She also went 3 for 5 at the plate.
The offense is clicking in mid-season form by scrapping up 16 hits. Yes, that is correct. I said 16 (sixteen) hits. Chiddy led the way with a 2 for 3 performance and getting 3 RBIs and scoring 2 runs. Colie game out of her mini-slump by going 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Ashley, Lyndsay and Steph Kirkpatrick each had 2 hits.
The second game was a little closer but not as close as the score would indicate. Haylie got the start and had a complete game. Things were a little rough on Haylie in the first inning. She had one pitch she which she could have back. It was a meat-ball for ohio 1B Evelyn Carrillo, who sent it for a ride for a grand slam. After that 1st inning, Haylie settled in and pitched a wonderful game. She ended up with 4 ER off 5 hits. She struck out 4 and walked 3.
The offense was led by Amy Knapp. She was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and 1 run scored. Bree Evans went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. We had 3 errors in the second game which can't make Coach happy.
Now I can say that we are starting to get on track. ohio is a very good team this year. They will finish in the top half of the B1G. We should have swept Indiana last week too but that is how things go. Great job ladies. Keep up the good work. We never lost faith in you.
I just hope everyone on this board realizes that we have an icon for a coach. She is the best and I would not trade her for anyone including Candreas.
Colie Sappingfield had a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead the Mochigan Softball team to victory against Bowling Green 12-2. She finished the day 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs. What a wonderful day for Colie. She has been struggling of late that this is just what the Doctor ordered for her. Colie is not known for hitting home runs.
Sara Driesenga played one of her best games today against BGSU. She was in the circle today and received the win. She pitched all 7 innings. She gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 3 hits. She walked 4 and struck out 4.
Sara was also a leader at the plate. She went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Chiddy also went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Lindsay Doyle went 2 for 2 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
Overall we ended up with 13 hits on the day. We had 1 error as well. This game is certainly needed for a confidence booster. Bowling Green is not a Top 10 team, but a win is a win.
Great Job ladies. Keep up the good work. Awesome Job today Sara. We knew you could do it and we support you 100%.
Sara Driesenga was given the ball again today against #25 LSU in the Tiger Classic. Sara scattered 3 hits over 7 innings. She gave up 1 ER on 3 hits, walked 3 and struck out 2. Coach Hutch gave her a break and had Ashley Lane bat for her.
Bree Evans had the hot bat today. She went 3 for 4 with a run scored. Freshman Lauren Sweet kept her hot bat moving as well by going 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. Nicole Sappingfield had a good day as well going 3 for 4.
Coach juggled the line up a little today. She had Mandy Gardner playing first base. I think Mandy will be the 1st baseman on a regular basis. Mandy had a quick hands and strong pop in her bat
Overall it was a good test for the youngsters who are proving themselves early. We are getting hits from everyone in the lineup, which is great in softball. The lineup from top to bottom is very strong. I am so looking forward to this season.
The Michigan Softball team is hosting Lil' sister tonight at Alumni Field. Nicole Sappingfield is silently missing from the line up. She injured her knee on the last play of the game last weekend. A result from a collision for a fly ball.
Lindsay Doyle is batting in the #2 slot and defensively in LF. Marley Powers takes Lindsay's DH position at the #8 slot.
Michigan comes into the weekend #2 in the nation. ASU remains #1, and hosts #12 Stanford this weekend. ASU won the first game of three today 3-1.
In the Big 10 race, Indiana won today 2-1 as they host Purdue this weekend.
UPDATE: Michigan scored 2 in the bottom of the 6th for the mercy rule win. Dorian Shaw was the offensive hero today going 2 for 2 with 3 RBIs and 1 run scored, including the 2 run walk off in the 6th. Amanda Chidester went 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Caitlin Blanchard went 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs.
JT was awesome on the rubber today for the shutout. She had a perfect game going into the 5th inning. She finished with 1 hit and 13 Ks with zero walks. What a great time to get back on track from her rotator cuff injury.
Now all we need is Colie to come back next week.
Congrats to all the seniors. Thank you so very much for all your dedication to Michigan and the sport of Softball. You all will be missed very much. Everyone here on MGoBlog wishes you all the success in the world after this season.
But first, lets win a NC. Blue Dragon?????? Show us how its done.
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.
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.