The time change must have altered the Michigan Softball Mojo today. The Wolverines had a difficult time in the second game today against Louisville. They just could not get the bats going for this game either.
M only had 5 hits but it was enough to beat Louisville 2-0. The key play was speed. Jaclyn Crummey was a pinch runner for Caitlan Blanchard, who singled in the 5th. Jaclyn stole two bases to get into scoring position and Lindsay Doyle hit a single to drive Jaclyn in. In the top of the 7th inning, Ashley Lane led off with a triple off the wall in centerfield and scored on a SF from Caitland Blanchard.
Nicole Sappingfield's 20-game hit streak came to an end. She went 0-3 in the second game. Thank you Colie for a great run, not too shabby for a Freshman.
Stephanie Speierman started on the mound in the second game. She allowed 0 ER on 5 hits (2 for extra bases). She gave up 2 BB and had 4 Ks. She was relieved by Jordan Taylor in the 6th inning with 2 runners on and no outs. JT came in and struck out the first batter, and forced the remaining two hitters to hit into outs, thus preserving the shutout.
In the first game today, the Wolverines were hand cuffed by Hilltopper pitcher Mallorie Sulaski. The Wolverines were able to scratch out 2 runs on 6 hits but it wasnt enough as WKU scored 3 runs off 4 hits.
M pitcher Jordan Taylor was in great form this morning. She gave up 3 ER on 4 hits with 12 Ks and 3 BB. She gave up only 1 extra base hit and 1 HBP. One of the key plays was a bases loaded walk in the 3rd inning followed by a single for 2 runs in the bottom of the third.
The offense was led by none other thatn Ashley Lane who hit a 2 run HR in the top of the 7th inning for the only Wolverine scores. We also had 10 LOB there was plenty of scoring opportunities, including the 1st inning when we had bases loaded with only 1 out and did not score.
Nicole Sappingfield extended her hitting streak to 20 games as well.
All in all, it was a dissapointing game considering we had so many opportunities to score. We just couldnt get the bats going. Combine that with JT's less than perfect outing led to a rare Michigan loss.
This is the worst type of loss. Sometimes the bestter team does not always win. Michigan did not commit any defensive errors although WKU took advantage of a bad defensive throwing decision, and scored. It was not scored an error as poor decisions rarely do.
Michigan better bring their "A" game next weekend for the Judi Garman Classic at Cal St Fullerton. They will play Arizona and Arizona State, which are both ranked teams.