The Michigan softball team dropped one spot in both the Coaches Poll and the USA Softball Poll. Both have us at #2. This is not a surprise as we lost to Iowa while Arizona State beat a very good Arizona team, 3 straight. 'Zona was a top 10 team heading into its series with arch-rival ASU.
The top 5 are: 1) ASU, 2) Michigan, 3) Texas, 4) Georgia and 5) Tennessee/Florida. There seems to be some debate over the number 5 slot. Florida just came off a awesome series against Alabama where they took 2 of 3. 'Bama was a top 5 team this past weekend.
This is GREAT news because there was some concern that we would drop to #3 because Iowa is not ranked. Where as the others in the top 5 have been playing ranked teams.
The rest of the schedule is awesome for us. We play at Wiscy (DH), then we come home to Minny (DH), tosu (DH), EMU and a home and home against Lil' sister to wrap up the regular season. The remaining conference opponents have a combined 14 wins, whereas we have 10 conference wins. EMU is struggling this year.
So here is the bad news. JT is out; probably for the reminder of the regular season. This means that Spidy and Maj. Payne will have the honors. If we lose any of the upcoming games, we will need a MGo-Parachute to help stop the free fall. We will get killed in the polls because the Big 10 is a weak conference, coupled with the fact that a loss will come from the bottom of said weak conference. It is possible that we could loose a home site for the regionals.
Let's just hope that Spidy can get her game together and not need a bailout early in any game. A last inning or two relief should not hurt but if she gets into trouble early, Lord help us.