The Michigan Softball Team did not have one but two mercy-rule wins today against Penn State. The first game was an 11-2 thumping and the second was a 12-4 beat-down.
In the first game, Haylie got the win. She gave up 2 ER off 2 hits. She walked 2 and stuck out 3. She gave up a 2 run bomb to PS Pitcher (and best player) Lisa Akamine.
The offense had 10 hits led by lead-off hitter Bree Evans. Bree went 3 for 3 scoring 3 runs and recording an RBI. Bree also received a BB so she went 4 for 4 for her on-base statistic. Now that is what you want from your lead off hitter; get on base any way possible.
Ashley Lane had a monster game. She went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Chiddy went yard, 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Freshman Lauren Sweet went 2 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored. Sara Driesenga batted in the DP slot and received 2 walks and scored a run.
In the second game, Sara got the start and pitched 3 innings. She gave up 3 runs (1 ER) off 2 hits. She had 3Ks and 3 BBs. Haylie came on in relief and picked up the win. She gave up 1 ER off 2 hits. She recored 2 K and 0 BB.
The offense had 12 hits and was led by Steph Kirkpatrick. She went 2 for 3 with a HR and 5 RBIs. Lauren went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Colie went 2 for 2 with a run scored. Sara went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Bree went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Overall it is nice to get 2 quick wins. Most will say "meh" because it is Penn State but I am here to tell you; a win is a win in softball. We need to re-build confidence and this is a step in the right direction. Coach has got to be happy with the result today.