this may be of some local interest
I thought about a snarky title for Penn State, but I thought better of it.
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Big Ten Network has the game.
After blowing away Rutgers almost as efficiently as possible yesterday, Michigan faces off against the Scarlet Knights again today. A win would clinch the Big Ten Championship, so you can be the team will be locked in! Driesenga in the circle, let's get this underway.
Voting thru May 9th http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/softball_2016/. Yes she's far behind but damn the torpedoes!, let's light that voting count up for Kelsey thru May 9th!
Just saw today that Senior Kelsey Susalla, the UT player for Michigan Softball, is a candidate for the National Senior Class Award. Per the site, it's an award that "honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring."
Kelsey is way behind in the voting and needs our votes here: http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/softball_2016/. Voting continues thru May 9th so let's do what we do, support one of our own who's an outstanding representative of the type of quality student-athlete Michigan produces!
For the third time in 3 days, the Michigan Wolverines sent the Maryland Terrapins home early, walking off in the 6th with an 8-0 run-rule victory. It was Sierra Romero day at Alumni Field, and Michigan's star didn't disappoint. She struck early with a trademark ROM-BOMB in the first inning, giving the Michigan a lead they would not relinquish. The entire line-up was active today, as every starter reached base at least once, and only one failed to record a hit.
As much as we all love to see the hits pile up, though, those familiar with Carol Hutchins will know that her favorite thing about today was the big "zero" on the board for Maryland. Megan Betsa continued her mid-season resurgence, going 6 strong, ceding just one hit while striking out 8 Terp batters. All weekend long, the Wolverine pitchers were locked in, allowing just 1 run in 16 innings. The upward trend in the circle more than anything bodes well for a post-season run.
Elsewhere around the Big Ten, Minnesota was effectively dealt a loss today by the skies rather than the Cornhuskers, as their planned match-up with Nebraska had to be cancelled. This means that Michigan & Minnesota could finish the season tied in the loss column, and Michigan would still win the outright Big Ten Championship because of the extra win (unless, of course, we suffer a rain-out as well). It would've been better for us to have Nebraska win, but a little extra breathing room is ok either way.
Michigan walked all over Indiana today, taking home an 8-0 run-rule win in 5 innings. We could talk about the Sierras setting the table time and again, both reaching base in every single opportunity. We could talk about Betsa, who had one of her strongest performances of the season, fanning 9 while conceding no runs. But today, it's all about Carol Hutchins. She stands alone now as the winngest coach in softball history. She'll want to keep the focus on the next game, but we can afford to take a few moments to commemorate one of the greatest achievements in Michigan athletics history. Congratulations, Hutch!