Mike Lantry, 1972
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.|
Makes it 9-0 in the 4th.
Temple is an extremely beatable team and the only reason we split with them is because we didn't bring our bats with us the first game. The first pitcher they threw to us was pretty slow and rather inconsistent. I remember she had a rise and change up, both of which she threw frequently but were never called strikes. The second pitcher I don't remember as clearly, but I know she was faster than the first (but still not overpowering) and didn't have too much movement to it. So at the plate just be patient and wait for the pitcher to throw a strike.
Hitting wise, they weren't really over powerful either and I would classify them more as a speed type of team. We made a few mental lapses on defense that allowed them to score when they did, and if I recall correctly their 1 and 4 hitters were probably their best. Number 1 was also fairly quick and will stretch for an extra base if given the chance. Number 4 was a big leftie, and I stayed low and away from her for the most part. The only pitch she hit hard off of me was a changeup (but it was a pretty fat pitch) so by no means be afraid to throw her one -- I'm fairly certain our other pitcher struck her out (possibly more than once) on a changeup as well. Otherwise, I don't remember many other big hits by their team so I assume just mix it up and I have no doubt that Michigan's pitching staff is good enough to beat them (and will probably have their own scouting report).
On a side note, we were Temple's first game so there is a chance that there have been adjustments made to the lineup and the team might be playing differently after getting some games under their belt. However, from what I saw they are not an extremely difficult team to beat so long as you come ready to hit. Good luck to Michigan tomorrow!
Also, thanks to everyone again for the congratulations and support!