The University of Michigan Softball team climbed into 7th place in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings this week. The Wolverines started the season at #11 and won their first 15 games. The are powered by the dominating pitching of pre-season All-American Sr. Jordan Taylor (.68 ERA, 71 Ks and 6BB) and the strong offense led by Sr. 1B Dorian Shaw, another pre-season All-American.
The suprise of the year comes from my pre-season All-American selection 2B So. Ashley Lane. Ashley leds the team in RBIs at 22 and led most of the year in HR, which she is now tied with Dorian at 7.
This is welcome news because the 1-2 punch gives Coach Carol Hutchins an opportunity to keep the pressure on opposing pitchers. Those pitchers cannot pitch around Dorian because they will face Amanda Chidester (.650 slugging percentage and 15 RBIs) and then Lane. Hutch has Dorian batting 3rd, Amanda batting 4th and Ashley batting 5th. This trio accounts for the bulk of the RBIs and half of the Runs Scored.
The Wolverines are in Florida on spring break this week although they will be playing many games this week. I will keep the Blog updated daily.
Good Luck Ladies and GO BLUE.