"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 first Mercy-Rule win today against EMU at Alumni Field. Today's game was not on the schedule; however, after two games in the Judi Garman Classic were canceled due to rain, Coach decided to get one in before the Big Ten Season.
Sara Driesenga got the win. She pitched 5 innings, gave up 2 unearned runs (0 ER) off 3 hits. She struck out 3 and walked none. She helped herself with the bat as well by going yard with a runner on base. She finished the game 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a run scored from the round tripper.
Chiddy hit a grand slam in the 8 run, 3rd inning. She ended up 1 for 2 with the 4 RBIs and the run scored from the dinger. Bree went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
Coach continues to juggle the lineup. She had Chiddy at 1st, Steph and 3rd and Amy at SS. Colie was batting in the 9 hole and Lauren was batting in the 8th slot.
Not to shabby for the first game at home this year. It was nice to get a tune-up prior to the Big Ten season.
Blue Dragon? You know what to do.
The Michigan Softball team continued to struggle with the bats today against Illinois State. We lost 5-1. We only had 2 hits; one home run by Ashley. The other was from Colie.
Sara was in the circle and took the loss. She struggled a little by giving up 2 walks, an IF single then a throwing error. All this led to a 5-run 5th inning for Illinois State. Haylie came on in relief and did a good job.
Overall, we need to get the bats swinging. I know this sounds easy but Coach is pulling her hair out right now. This is the most frustrating part of being a coach. We are NOT facing dominate pitching so we should be T-ing off, right? Well it just doesnt work that way. Im sure the girls are just as frustarted as Coach is. This is something that they have to work through.
Ladies, we are behind you 100%. Dont give up and continue to take extra BP. Stay focused and believe in yourselves. You are all great ball players and you will pull through this. Trust in yourselves and trust your coaches. Dont lose the mental part of the game.
The Softball team split today winning 3-1 against Illinois State in the first game. They lost in the second game 1-0 against UMass. The team is in Clearwater this weekend.
Haylie Wagner got the win in the first game. She gave up 1 ER on 4 hits, she struck out 8 and walked only 2. Chiddy was the big bat today hitting a 3 run Bomb in 3 AB. Colie went 2 for 3 and scored on Chiddys dinger.
In the second game against UMass, we could not get the bats going. We could only muster 2 untimely hits. Sara Driesenga took the loss. She pitched very well though. She gave up 1 ER on 2 hits with 2 Ks and 2BB. Lauren Sweet was a sweet-spot in the lineup with a double.
UMass is a good team. If everyone remembers, we had a couple of close games with them last year. This year UMass is 4-3 so maybe they are down a little.
Overall not too disappointing, although I am sure Coach is kicking some @ss. In close games, anything can happen. This game was going down to the wire and the lucky team was going to win this one.....and they did. Sometimes in softball, the best team doesnt always win. Congrats to UMass for hanging around and getting it done. They deserved the win today. This will be a learning curve for us with out a doubt.
We play again tomorrow at 3:30 and 6pm.