After losing a heartbreaker in extra innings yesterday, the Michigan Softball Team bounced back today by beating Illinois 2-1. Yesterday's game hurt in many ways as Illinois is ranked 10th in the B1G. We play the rubber game in a few minutes.
Haylie Wagner started in the circle in the first game. She gave up 1 ER on 7 hits with 1 K and 1 BB. She also was a force at the plate by hitting a game-winning 2 run shot. Haylie got into a little trouble in the top of the 7th. Coach had Sara Driesenga come in toface the final 2 batters for the win.
Sara went 2 for 3 hitting in the #4 hole for Coach Hutch. Coach juggled the line-up again today by putitng chiddy in the #2 slot, Colie at #3, and inserting Ashley Lane in the #5 position.
Today's win helped keep us atop the B1G standings. Wiskey beat Purdue today 6-5 and Neb/msu is in a rain delay. The current standings are:
1) M 13-4
2) Wiskey 13-5
3) Nebraska 12-5
4) Purdue 11-6
So if we beat Illinois in the second game, it would put us a full game ahead of Wiskey and 1.5 ahead of Nebraska, depending on what the weather does in Nebraska.
EDIT: M lost the second game today against Illinois 2-0. Sara Driesenga was the starting and losin pitcher. She gave up 1 run on 4 hits while giving up 2 Ks and 1 BBs. Haylie Wagner came in the game in relief in the 4th inning. She gave up 1 ER off 4 H with 4 Ks and 0 BB.
Bree Evans went 2 for 4 at the dish.
We are currently tied for 1st with Wiskey at 13-5, with Nebraska 1/2 game back.