I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Michigan has a chance to win as many as 4 separate conference championships on Sunday.
Men's Tennis: #23 ranked Michigan (16-8) takes on #4 ranked Ohio State (30-2) in Columbus at noon in the finals of the Big Ten tournament. Ohio State won the Big Ten regular season championship and Michigan placed third. Michigan upset second seed Minnesota Saturday, 4-3, to reach the final. Ohio State beat Michigan 4-0 last week in their only meeting this season.
Women's Tennis: #6 Michigan (21-4) takes on #15 Northwestern (17-8) in Bloomington, Indiana, also at noon in the finals of the Big Ten tournament. Michigan won the Big Ten regular season championship, Northwestern was third. Michigan beat Northwestern 4-3 in their regular season match.
Softball: #9 Michigan (40-8) takes on #20 Nebraska (35-11) in Lincoln in a regular-season matchup with the chance to clinch the Big Ten regular season championship. If Michigan wins one of its four remaining games, Michigan will clinch their 5th consecutive Big Ten regular season championship and the #1 seed in the Big Ten tournament. This game is on the Big Ten Network at 3:00 pm (tape delayed).
Water Polo: #18 Michigan (20-13) hosts #11 Princeton (25-5) in the championship of the CWPA Eastern Conference at Canham Natatorium at 4:30 pm, with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament (and at least 25 points in the Directors Cup) at stake. #4 seed Michigan upset #1 seed Indiana 6-5 on Saturday to reach the championship. #2 seed Princeton is the defending CWPA Eastern champion. Tickets are $10 for the general public and are free for students with a valid M Card.
Down two going into the 6th the ladies score 3 to take the lead. Sparty comes back with 4 in their half. Two HRs in the seventh tie it up and a run in the 8th gives the Wolverines the sweep.
Two big wins for the softball team today, as our ladies pounded a Georgia Tech squad that is struggling to stay above .500 by a score of 6-1, and then turning right around and crushing a top-10 Texas A&M squad 9-2, handing the #9 Aggies their first loss of the season.
Driesenga shined in the circle again, dishing out a staggering 25 Ks on the day, including 15 against the Georgia Tech batters who clearly had no idea what to do with her stuff. Bear in mind that, in a 7-inning game, there are only 21 outs to be had, and Sara got 15 of those by way of the K!
Freshman Sierra Romero continues to impress as well, crossing home twice in both games, including a home run against the Aggies.
The team takes the field tomorrow for two more non-conference matchups, including a 4:45 pm date with #11 LSU.
Great news from an mgoblue.com press release:
The University of Michigan and head softball coach Carol Hutchins have agreed to a five-year contract extension, director of athletics Dave Brandon announced on Wednesday (Nov. 7). The extension will keep Hutchins at Michigan through the 2017 season.
"I continue to be blessed to be the head coach at the University of Michigan," Hutchins said. "I am grateful to Dave Brandon and (senior associate athletic director) Bitsy Ritt for their continued support of me, my coaching staff and our program. They have invested so much in our program and we look forward to the future."
"Coach Hutchins continues to be a tremendous asset to our athletic department and University," said Brandon. "She is a great leader of young women and has proven to be one of the most successful coaches in the history of collegiate softball. We are excited to have her continued leadership both on and off the diamond."
The Wolverines followed up a 5-0 run through the Traverse City Tournament over the weekend with a truly impressive upset of the NPF All-Star team (41-1 during their two year tour coming into the game against Michigan). Haylie Wagner played well in the circle for Michigan, only giving up one earned run, but the win went to fellow-sophomore Sara Driesenga, who pitched two innings of scoreless relief.
After falling behind 2-0, freshman shortstop Sierra Romero (who avid readers of the board may remember from MGoSoftball's "Hello" post some time back) jacked a 2-run shot in the 5th to tie the game, highlighting a 3 for 3 night. The Wolverines held off the All-Stars, and drew a bases loaded walk in the 7th for the walk-off win.
The team will welcome EMU to Alumni Field on Tuesday to wrap up the fall schedule.
The onset of fall can only mean one thing: Fall Softball. I tease of course. However Fall Softball; FallBall as us coaches call it, is very important for development.
Michigan starts its Fallball season Sept 29 at the Traverse City FallBall Tourney. I have coached many a Tournament in TC and it is a wonderful place to play. The fall colors are spectacular. The girls will have fun.
This year we play the NPF All-stars. Former Pitcher and current Assistant Coach Nikki Nemitz will pitch for NPF. This ought to be fun for Nikki and our girls.
Fallball gives coaches the opportunity to play girls at positions and get game situation evaluations in. These games are not televised so coaches can experiment a little without putting too much pressure on the kids. It also gets the Freshmen a chance to show their talent.
I am looking for a good Fallball season this year. My break-out player is Mandy Gardner. She came to campus with high hopes two years ago. Now that she has been around, I cant wait to see her play. She should be our starting firstbaseman. She has Dorian Shaw power too.
Good luck ladies, dont get hurt.
|Traverse City Tourney|
|Saturday, Sept. 29||Western Michigan||Traverse City, Mich.||10:30 a.m.|
|Ferris State||Traverse City, Mich.||Noon|
|Central Michigan||Traverse City, Mich.||2 p.m.|
|Sunday, Sept. 30||TBA||Traverse City, Mich.||10:30 a.m.|
|TBA||Traverse City, Mich.||12:30 p.m.|
|Thursday, Oct. 4||NPF All-Stars||Wilpon Complex||6 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Oct. 10||Eastern Michigan||Wilpon Complex||6 p.m.|