The softball team plays ASU in the losers bracket tonight after the Neb/Fla game.
landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
After neb vs fla ends about 20-30 mins in between.
Fla-Neb in extra innings, so we have to wait. It's on ESPN.
on ESPN. They're in the seventh (final excepting extras) inning now.
Gah, Florida drops the ball on the tag, tie game.
We just have to put the ball in play. First Nebraska let Florida have a big inning due to fielding miscues then Florida returned the favor in the 7th inning.
Drisenga (sp?) gotta be one tonight. And we need some offensive to come alive. They have been playing tight for three games now. Good abs and find a couple extra base hits to push us over the edge.
Yes, our girls should always being doing an workouts so they are good
Big Red represent the B1G!
Hail Go Blue
Driesenga needs to bring her A game. I'd say five ASU runs is the cutoff for a good chance for Michigan to pull this out, unless Dallas Escobedo goes into serious beast mode. If that happens, M is in trouble. Thankfully she's not good about keeping balls in the park if you can actually connect with them.
beat her again. We need to get our bats moving. Lyndsay needs to get on base.
But it's a tall order, especially after getting completely shut down by Ricketts last game.
How about the way OK does the batting order? I wouldn't mind seeing Romero leading off sometime. Start the game with a lead-off triple. I saw Georgia do that to Alabama last year.
Don't like Michigan's chances of winning it all. Even if we win our next two games, it would set up a rematch with Oklahoma, where we would have to beat them twice. Still, love CWS and will be watching and rooting for the maize and blue!
we have a secret weapon that no one else has......Coach Hutch
Isn't there that weird thing with switching backers after one of these games?
I know if we pull it out tonight we would face Washington tomorrow which is in Tennessee's bracket. So if we win tonight and then tomorrow wouldn't we face Tennessee in order to get to the finals?
Obviously first thing's first with ASU coming up.
The winner's bracket losers (Washington and Texas) switch brackets. So now Washington is in our bracket, with Oklahoma.
Thanks for the clarification.
Yeah this is going to be a tall order. Well one game at a time.
Seriously, Nebraska softball is pissing me off with their delaying of Michigan events. It would have sucked for that girl though if she got out.
See you all in about 45 minutes.
you may even get in a power nap. I like all softball so I will watch it all.
I have been to a few Tennessee practices so I guess I am pulling for them.
I could have. Seeing as how we are looking at 11:15 right now at best
Dang, Y U go for third and get thrown out!
I think these teams are trolling us.
Yeah I know their seasons are on the line but come on with this base running.
Once again, nebraska softball is fucking us over.
If Michigan wins tonight/early AM, they're going to be exhausted tomorrow at the possibility of playing two games. Or 3 games in less than 24 hours.
And we're tied again in the bottom of the 10th.
WTF, tied again?!?! OK, Neb, just win now FFS.
= a very tired U of M fan who is graduating tomorrow! :) good night fellow bloggers Hail and Go Blue!
Nebraska just loves making us wait.
Someone win this game!
Dammit, Nebraska, you suck!
Florida just dodged one hell of a bullet there.
Why u no hit it to the outfield with one out?
Nebraska purposely didn't score there just to fuck with us again.
Ok, I'm watching the last Game of Thrones episode while I'm waiting so I don't have to do it tomorrow.
Florida and Nebraska, you're straight up ridonculous.
Home run right here.
Edit: didn't jinx it right. We're obviously going to the 12 inning.
Nebraska softball sure knows how to test our patience
To hell with Tom Osborne and tebow
Oh, come on! Didn't touch the bag!
You've got to be kidding me.
What a shit call
I hate these teams so much.
The ump was in a really good position on that play.
I guess that's why they're college softball umpires...
"And she is called out!" Not she is out.
Creighton and Utah played a 31 inning game in 1091. 1-0 Creighton W.
Blame it on the iphone?
Blame it on the rain?
This has got to be not good for UM to start playing at 1200 against a team from two time zones west. I try to watch cause my neighbor is hutch's first cousin, but i am fading fast.
They've been in Oklahoma for several days. I think they've adjusted to the 1 hour time change.
This has to play favors to ASU.
Both teams have been in the same time zone for a couple of days already right? Should both be acclimated but I guess we'll see.
Anyone else find it absolutely ridiculous that this game won't start until after midnight and then the winner has to play again tomorrow at noon?
this game won't finish till probably 2 am at best. So what happens then? Probably get in bed by 3 and get up by 8 or 9 to get ready for the noon game? It's gonna be rough for the players
Even a walk-off right now (which isn't happening) means our game starts at 11 pm local at the earliest.
Nope. Absolutely ridiculous.
I don't think I'm going to be able to stay up for the game. Work in the morning so I just recorded like 5 episodes of SC. Good night and Go Blue.
I admittedly know nothing about softball, but have tuned in to try to watch the game tonight. The one girl has thrown over 150 pitches. Is this a usual occurrence? I'm pretty sure I saw earlier that the same pitcher will pitch twice in the same day in tourneys like this. Is it just not hard on your arm? Is there some type of limit or pitch count where a pitcher would be unable to be as successful once throwing a certain amount of pitches? It seems like having one great pitcher that is unhittable could win a shitty team a whole lot of games if nobody else ever has to pitch...
motion is natural for the arm. The muscles do get stretched but not tore like baseball.
I have seen pitchers throw 150 pitches per game in back to back games. Its not uncommon in summer leagues and at the JC level where teams have only one pitcher.
Conditioning and stamina is way more important. Usually the smaller girls tire more quickly than the larger (Ricketts, Traina) types.
She says business as usual and will throw another game without a big effect. 200 back to back is a problem after the fact, probably needing two days of rest. At an NCAA D1 practice they max at around 200, although the bigger the girl, the more she can handle (as a general rule).
This is seriously the dumbest thing ever. What time is Michigan/ASU's game tomorrow? It better be the latest one possible.
The winner of the Michigan/Arizona State game plays at 3:30 pm EDT tomorrow. The Florida/Texas game is at noon CDT (1:00 EDT).
@ASUSoftball: Proud of fans still here and watching at home. We will play tonight IF we get started before 11:59 pm CT @NCAAsoftball @umichsoftball #wcws
Someone please post the "aww horseshit" video/gif from big daddy. Sums my thoughts perfectly right now
Thank you very much. Needed that.
ASU just tweeted Michigan-asu must start before 12:59pm (11:59 local time) or it will be played tomorrow.
Yes, a possibility of 3 fucking games in one day for Michigan if they want to advance to the championship. Pretty much done if that is the case. No way any team has the endurance to win 3 games in one day, against the top 8 teams in the country.
Well technically they're would have to play 3 games in one day either way...
That's exactly what I was going to say. At this point, I would think the three games during the day tomorrow would actually be preferable to having the one start tonight at like 11:30. The first game tomorrow is going to have to be at like 9:30am, right?
Let's beat ASU when we get the chance -- but getting to the mercy rule quickly certainly has an added bonus!
Devin Gardners first TD toss of 2013 or first pitch?
Where is this game being played? Just turned on the TV but Oberon is happening and figured you guys could answer this faster than my attention span...
in the first two games tomorrow and then let the rains come but no TORNADO.
Lol, why are they wearing mouthguards in a non-contact sport?
They like their teeth?
against a bad hop.
I've never been so angry at a great play by an amateur athlete in a game in which I had no rooting interest!
I LOVE the International Tie Breaker.
I would bet anyone that the NCAA adopts the International Tie breaker because of this game. Tornados, game cancellations, and now a marathon.
For us lay people could you give a synopsis of the International Tie Breaker?
and every inning thereafter, the batter who made the last out of the previous inning gets placed on 2nd base. The next batter is up just like normal but there is a runner on 2nd with no outs (obviously).
The runner on second has a 43% chance of scoring. Typically the coach will but the runner over to 3rd. Then the runner is now in scoring position and can score on a base hit or sac fly.
How can you love this? It's not real softball.
International tie breaker bastardizes the game and there's no way they would ever bring it in for the World Series. This is what softball is all about. Why ruin a great game like this by going to the ITB?!
Disrupting my life one weekend at a time
Hell of a crash at 3rd base.
That would be a sad way to end this exciting, if not frustrating, game.
That was the most wreckless slide I've ever seen. Can someone teach that girl to slide properly?
Florida needs to win this shit here. Otherwise I'm guessing we won't play tonight...
Ouch. But Florida's ahead, so I want Nebraska to lose now.
Fuck you Nebraska softball!
This game is totally going to the 16th.
My reverse jinx worked!
Out or a HR now!
I hope that's not the same girl that got blown up at 3rd again.
The third baseman was the batter. The girl sliding into third was the pitcher.
Uhmmm... She looked safe, but I won't complain.
Lets fucking go. Destroy some sun devil ass! We have 3 hours of aggression buildup now
Oh, and it looks like she was safe.
How do you make the last out of the game at third? Cardinal sin.
Absolutely, but she was definitely safe.
Yeah she was definitely safe. Her foot may have came off the bag, but she was never tagged when it was off.
I thought she was safe but I'm not complaining. It's over.
Her foot pulled from the bag while the 3rd basemen kept the tag on. It was a great call, and a close play.
She didn't keep the tag on. Definitely not.
If so, I'm not looking forward to this game.
Not a Jerry Maguire fan?
He missed a clear strike three in that at-bat the wound up as the game-winning hit. Right down the middle. Maybe even two of them, but they didn't show a replay on the second, only the overhead shot live.
Twice keeping Michigan fans from watching what they actually want to see.
Well played, Nebraska. I haven't been this perturbed at a school since I watched the NC game in basketball.
Can't say I've ever heard of a game starting at 12:52 a.m.
And the game hasn't started yet. People cliciking this thread tomorrow to catch up might get a bit confused.
It's already tomorrow where I am.
Good eye let's get some offense this game. All right.
Pity we couldn't capitalize. Although 30 pitches with five batters -- she can't be long for this game at that pace.
The underhand motion basically makes pitch counts irrelevant in softball. Ritter threw like 500 in 4 days when we won.
During the Nebraska game, for something so irrelevant. (Not doubting you. New to softball.)
That was nice!
I don't think we thought coming into the Series that our first one wouldn't be until Sunday!
One batter at a time. Some progress.
This ump's zone seems inconsistent as all hell.
Dave Brandon sighting. Drink.
I don't know if the commentators have mentioned it, but this game is being played really late and it's already "tomorrow".
I haven't caught that.
And a double!
Another walk! Bases loaded!
And a pitching change with one out in the third!
Absolutely need to capitalize here. Momentum is building. Now it's time to burst the pressure and really break the game seal.
But I'll take a 2-0 lead!
I know nothing about softball, so I wanted to know why they scuff the balls? That seems counter-intuitive to me for them to scuff the balls before using them, but I've never played.
The dirt absorbs the moisture so the pitcher can get a grip. The same thing is done with baseballs, at least in the pros.
Thanks for the info!
Drat, they got out of the inning. But 2-0 U-M!
In the words of Hawk Harrelson (s)he Gone! Escobedo yanked.
Good half inning. Keep it going.
Wanted at least 5 runs by now. But I will take any lead, always
D'oh, bases loaded. Let's get out of the inning.
Glad we fielded that one cleanly!
Phew! Still 2-0 U-M!
All right. Now need to figure out their number two pitcher.
My god, enough with the "later tonight" comments. We get it, this game is being played very early in the "morning". Haha funny.
It's Beth Mowins. She is bad. Not Pam ward bad, but still bad
Putting the ball in play can only lead to good things. Much better than strikeouts. Good inning let's keep up the defense and great stuff.
Nice break for us there
6 runs here, please!
Will be very impressed if we can keep shutting them down every inning. We keep giving them better chances each inning recently. Not feeling super cozy right now
Hopefully she can get out of this inning with the lead.
Nice fucking double play!!
Hell of a DP. One more!!
Let's get out of this jam, right after this intentional walk.
C'mon Sara, one great pitch!!
Yeah. Fuck yeah!!
Perfect to get us out of that!!!
Too close. Need to get 2-3 more runs. All right not need but seriously desirable to me.
That was awesome! Should be Espn top play but lebrons flopping will be #1
Espn top play for which day??
(Obviously play on Mowins saying this game is late/early or today/but yesterday)
This needs to be a shut-down inning
Agreed. 1 on the binary
is the only system that matters
how much longer I can last. eyelids getting sooo heavy.
3 more ladies!! Damn Sara is battling out there
Just got up for work. 1 more inning.
Well played- went to sleep when the game was supposed to begin and now catch the finish
All right. Great play.
The heart of their order is due up in the bottom of this inning so even one run this top half inning could be really big.
You know it's late when I just saw an erotic network commercial on ESPN
Dang. Well, let's finish this.
Here we go...
set the tone for your career right here. Shut these ASU [insert thing mod shouldn't say here] down and show the entire softball world what's up for 2014 and 2015.
And get another DP
And I'm so excited about the win this morning, but I'll also clarify that she's like my fourth favorite pitcher (top at M). Time to beat Washington and move on.
Drat, base hit!
I can't believe I'm still awake for this. Go blue!
Fuckin right!! Ask and we receive
Would you look at that!! Good play
I won't be able to see the next game. But I fully expecting to tune in at 10pm to watch us play OU (it won't start at 930)
Great job team. Get some sleep and good luck against Washington.
Romero is maybe the best athlete I've seen play softball at the college level.
I couldn't make it last night.....made it until 2:15 and had to sleep.....daughters dance recital this morning.
It's nice having the pseudo play by play though for the rest of the game i missed so thanks to those who stayed up!
I watched the Nebraska Florida game on live streams and then had a hell of a time keeping the one for our game going. If it hadn't been for you guys, I wouldn't have known how the last out went and the great outcome. It was the only critical play I missed. Thx.
Now we know what loyal fandom is all about!
with all of you who stayed up into the middle of the night to watch the game! Posbang for all of you. Out here in AZ, the game ended a little after midnight, and the game was front page news on azcentral:
Tiny bit of ASU-AU shadenfreude in the comments, otherwise a decent story from the other perspective.