all week is how good Jackie Traina is (from a couple pitchers). Hopefully the bats can come alive, because not unlike football, Alabama has a damn good defense.
# 18 Michigan vs. # 2 Alabama softball open thread
Ala bama's offense is really good; defense not so much. They have two hitters with almost 20 HRs and 2 hitters with around 40 stolen bases.
Traina is good but she's hittable. UM actually has more trouble with "pitchers" - those that have lots of changes of speed, good location, drop balls, etc. One of their losses this year was to the University of South Florida. Everyone says WTF but USF is in the sweet 16 as an unranked team vs Hofstra, another unranked team with a great pitcher (Galati).
UM needs some offense; great defense (go KP); and good pitching.
I meant pitching (as I was reaching for a comparison to football). No disagreement on the stolen bases and whatnot, that was MGB's first comment about a M/Alabama matchup, the disparity between stolen bases.
to be patient and force Trainer to throw strikes instead of swinging at bad pitches. I will take 2 walks in the first inning to get inside her head.
If Bama scores 3 or less runs, we win. We cannot beat them in a slugfest.
Come on ladies, lets do this. Go Blue
Purdue offense teeing off on Ohio right now on BTN.
Earlier, MSU sparty noed as their bullpen gave up a two run lead and Indiana came back for a 6-4 win.
Jessica Mendoza's smile is... disturbing....
about letting Haylie bat in this situation. The heat is a M-F'er.
Any live stream?
has the stream.
early trying to get us to go after it. Be patient Blue.
Every pitch this inning has been outside except for the change to Bree. We need to be patient and hopefully the umpire has a small strike zone.
Well, scratch that last part. I guess the strike zone goes from here to the dugout tonight.
Want to see the at the Softball World Series!
I miss the blob behind home plate. Maybe he was a good luck charm
- 69-33 vs the SEC
- 17-4 against alabama
- 5-4 in NCAA Tournament road games
BOOST THOSE WINS LADIES!
SEC is our bitch in many sports, including......football
Yeah, suck it Ohio.
I like how espn advertised this match-up of these 2 schools, I guess it's a precursur for 9/1/12.
Go Blue all the way around.......damn, that was a homer she caught, good hit though
What a generic looking stadium.
Thank the lord for the Wilpons, making the Baseball & Softball complex elite facilities.
currently on the field. That is hot as hades.
The scope shows some isolated thunderheads popping up due to all that energy. May get some rain there during the game.
way to get that 1st out, let's do this
I'm trying to load that ESPN3.com website to watch the game but my AOL is very slow and is rarely capable of downloading videos. Is there anywhere else I can watch the game? I have 500 some channels on the television, but I can never find anything I want to see. I have the channel numbers for ESPN, ESPN 2, and the major networks written down on a pad, but I would appreciate an exact channel number. Can anyone help?
People actually still use AOL? Do you still use the floppy disks for free months?
No, I pay for my internet, unlike the people who download it for free and cost the rest of us! And AOL is fine for me, I don't need all the fancy additions they charge a premium for over on Comcast, bunch of customer-hating scoundrels over there. And I prefer to buy American.
Is that you in the picture?
Yes. Did a drunk chimpanzee with no arms draw that picture of you?
Eat em up.
It's on ESPN2
There was that high heat pitch you talked about MSB.
Got to adjust. Like the fouls though.
This girl is hitting 69-71 on the gun. She's throwing fire.
that was way outside
Why can't hutch DH for Wagner or are there no DHs in softball?
called the "Flex" because she can sub for any position. For example, you could have a pitcher that hits and a SS that doesn't.
Edit: It's the Flex that doesn't hit. The DP is just called the DP. This is why the girl next to me should be writing these comments, not me.
They have a DH (which they call the Designated Player--DP--for no logical reason), and unlike baseball you can DP for anybody on the field. They choose to have pitcher Haylie Wagner bat and the DP instead hits for the catcher, Lauren Sweet.
That was a strike?
Well, if the plate stretches clear to the other batter's box tonight, we're not gonna get a hit for a month. Good grief.
Might be getting the halo effect.
Okay, that pitch was closer to the strike zone than what their pitcher was getting. It looks like they imported the crew that worked the Tigers-Indians series.
Let's go both ways here blue!
This is something I've wondered for a while. If a school has an iconic helmet (that can easily be identified with "the brand") why the hell do they not use it in softball? Shouldn't M have winged batting helmets and Alabama have crimson helmets with the A on the side along with numbers and ND have gold helmets? I do not like it one bit that no schools seem to realize this (M, Alabama, Texas, ND especially).
The catchers have winged helmets. The wings wouldn't look right on a batting helmet because of the brim on it.
And I know that the hockey goalies almost always modify their helmets to some extent, but couldn't the brim be all blue and have the top of the helmet have wings? And for ND, Alabama and Texas it would be even easier.
The blue hat/helmet with the block M on it has been a Michigan Baseball tradition (now softball too with helmets).
I do like what wisconsin does with their softball batting helmets. Brilliant.
If you're going to use the wings, wouldn't you want the brim in maize?
(I actually have an old school winged cap like the first with a blue brim, but it's so old, good luck finding an internet pic of it. Actually found an identical back up at Salvation Army that had never been used for when that one wears out).
Uhh....she got over to 3rd awful quick...
Umpires are typically watching this though so I doubt she left early.
in the first 2 innings is advantage us.
Maybe, but have we faced another girl throwing 70 this year, especially one with a strike zone 2 feet wide?
That's what happens when you call stupidly inside pitches strikes, can't hold up on even worse ones
Ok, I promise I won't complain all game, but again let's go both ways. Great inside pitch to their best hitter and its called a ball. Get off your knees blue... you're blowing the game.
To throw a 3-2 change to the clean-up hitter.
where'd they find this ump? the A2 rec league?
dont go out and get that outside pitch. Layoff the junk.
1-0 Bama but advantage us.
How do we have the advantage when we're losing? Is it because the bama pitcher has a high pitch count?
does not apply to softball. But in that heat, it sure does.
GOD DAMNIT AMY!! Swung at 2 bad pitches.
give us anything to hit. We just need to wait her out. She can walk the entire lineup. she will have to throw a stike sooner or later.
stay off the junk. Get in her ass coach.
Uhhmmm... That's what she said?
Edit: Beat by M-Wolv.
How many pitches can pitchers throw typically?
120-150 easily. Heat and humidity has a big factor
Bit on a bad pitch that time.
Plenty of game left though.
Maybe my t.v. tricked me, but I thought that she held back.
No hats worn in the field, no pitcher's mound, Hannibal Lecter masks while batting. This is bonkers.
What is the score?
1-0, bad guy...uh, gals.
This pitcher's eyes are going to haunt my dreams.
That's a whole lotta woman.
Edit: On a semi-related note- is it really fair that ESPN's Road to the World Series commercial features all these smoking women from different teams? I don't see them saying "Peyton Manning, you're talented, and pretty darn funny, but you're just too goofy looking for us to put you in our commercials."
Her eyes are way too small for the size of her head.
The scary part is, her eyes are probably normal-sized.
The lady from Matilda evidently found the fountain of youth.
She's just your common Alabama backwoods, tiny-eyed, pig-slurping, toe-jammed girl-hurler.
Down here they grow on trees.
Nights, we sit on our porches with our shotguns and watch them grow. Sometimes Banjo Bill stops by, sometimes he don't.
nice try. she's from beautiful Naples, FL.
(we're not all old folks down here.)
I believe this is Beth Mowins with the call? She is way, way better than Pam Ward. This game sounds more compelling than a noon B1G game with Ward calling it.
This is pursuant to a point Brian made this week about Pam Ward vs. Beth Mowins.
I hope that error doesn't come back to bite us.
Dammit. I had a feeling...
errors will kill you
especially when you misread a label and drink a bottle of poision
...except that Poision© is the newest liqueur from France and is instead a really good decision
If they can do it then so can we.
Actually, we're pretty far past uh-oh.
...it's not like Michigan hasn't been known for biffing the first one and then pulling out the next two. Here's to a long day tomorrow.
Two tomorrow is a steep hill.
I thought that was stroke 3 but whatever lets get those rally caps on.
America has an obesity problem.
Please don't tell me you just now discovered this.
disciplined at the plate. We look like crap. Come on ladies. You can do this.
Coach had got to be highly pissed. There is no excuse for this poor plate performance. Colie has been the only batter not swinging at shit.
our last bats in the top of 7.
Nice play by Amy at SS.
I'm feeling a grandslam this inning.
Edit: 2-0 count and you swing at ball 3. Wtf.
Our biggest problem is what I feared. We swung at a minimum of 15 pitches out of the strike zone that I know of.
Coaches will get the film in front of the girls in 30 minutes or less. Im sure coach is pissed off to no end.
Need two tomorrow but I have a good feeling. Taking much better swings as the lineup rolls.
ot-Those sundevil women are smoking.
Dear god, we looked like the Detroit Tigers swinging at balls in the dirt every other pitch.
Just got to keep plugging away.
comes from a sad heart tonight. However, now we know Traina can be hit. We still have this and WILL take 2 tomorrow.
Holy shit dude, that might get u in trouble. I still thank u.
that makes me more sad. Dude, please do not post porn on this site. It is out of line and uncalled for.
was quite reasonable. After that one bad call I thought the zone was consistent. Traina can hit spots all around the zone, except I didn't notice many low spots. Those few in the dirt may have been drops. She is as good as advertised.
In the last two innings we started swinging earlier in the count. I bet we see more of that tomorrow.
I hate Alabama. That state is the asshole of America and a total disgrace to our country. Why didn't the North just let them go?
I believe you're thinking of Missourah.