The Michigan softball team had a slow start today against EMU at Alumni Field. Gametime temperature is 50 degrees under cloudy and rainy skies over Ann Arbor.
Eastern put a mini-rally together in the first and second innings against Hilary Payne. This is Hilary's second start of the season and only has appeared in 6 games with 17 innings pitched. Michigan had bases loaded in the bottom of the first innings but could not get the key hit. It wasnt until the bottom of the second, with Eastern leading 2-0, for the girls to get it together. EMU kept the pressure on with a 3 run home run off Maj. Payne in the 5th inning
We scored 5 runs in the bottom of the second inning on a 3 run home run by Chiddy. Ashley Lane hit a 2 run home run in the 4th inning for an 8-2 lead. Chiddy ended the game 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Ashley was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Bree Evans ended with 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored.
Hilary Payne picked up the victory. She pitched 5 complete innings and gave up 4 ER off 7 hits while striking out 2 and walking none. She gave up one bomb in the 5th inning. Stehpanie Speierman came in to pitch in the 6th and 7th inning. Spidey ended with 2 ER on 3 hits, with 2 Ks and 1 BB.
Hutch did an awesome job today by allowing Payne the oppourtunity to start and then by allowing her to work through her problems. It wasnt a pretty win but it was a win nonetheless.
We play a DH against tosu tomorrow at home.