The Michigan Softball team won a very critical game today against Illinois. The socre was 8-6. This is the first of 2 games today at Urbana. This is a make-up game from yesterday's rain out. It is critical because Illinois is tied with Indiana for 2nd place atop the Big 10 standings. Indiana took 2 games from Wiscy this weekend to remain at 2 conference losses.
The game-time temperature was 61 degrees under sunny skies. The wind was from the West at 10MPH. This is wonderful weather for a ball game
The offensive hero was none other than my pre-season All-American selection Ashley Lane. She went 2 for 3 from the dish with 3 RBIs and 1 run scored from a HR. Ashley now leads the team in HR, RBIs, Slugging % and doubles. Amanda Chidester went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored via a HR. Nicole Sappingfield went 2 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
Jordan Taylor was in the circle today. She wasnt her usual self today. This was one of the ugliest wins that I witness this year. But a win is a win. She gave up 6 ER on 9 hits (1 HR), she struck out 9 and walked 2. She also had 5 HBP. This is a very high number for JT. She will occasionally get 1 HBP per game but 5? Not her best outing for sure. But she gets the win which is the most important statistic.
This is the first game of a DH today. The second game is just as important because #2 Indiana is keeping pace with us. They only have 2 losses. #3 Illiinois has 3 losses after the first game today. #4 Iowa is currently winning against NU, they currently have 3 losses.