Welp, off to a pretty rough start.
san diego state's 2nd hitter hit a home run off Wagner.
Game is on ESPNU right now.
The current "feels like" temperature in Tempe right now is 104. Michigan is wearing Blue pants. Not to mention the sweat from playing.
These girls are tougher than I could ever hope to be.
Left work early to watch
That's pretty weak WD
I love the cold weather. I literally sleep with my window open at night in January.
I get annoyed when it's 85. 104....
I played 9 holes of golf in Phoenix one day when it was about 110.
Come on girls! And damn right Romo is going to be first B1G batting champ!
Si Lo !!!!!
SiLo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The slump is over!!!
Thats an impressive way to get on the board.
Also did they say the batters have zero responsibility to move out of the way to avoid getting hit by a pitch? That was pretty weak by the SDSU girl in the first, she just stuck her leg out.
Mostly, yes. But they will call you if you move way INTO it. For the most part you get away with just standing there or even moving into it slightly. This has gone against us in recent games- not getting the called HBP on what seemed to be legit.
Jessica Mendoza saying we are playing our best ball right now. Sorry, Jess, that ain't exactly true (at all).
C'mon ump. Get your fat ass there and in position to see. (Yes I am aware this open thread will mostly be me)
Need more, Haylie!!
Welp, Hutch says you have no more to give (right now)
Well, at least Betsa is coming in.
Once again, Michigan gets screwed over by a moronic call on a throw from Sweet to 2B.
Nice walk Monty! Nice single Abby!!
I thought UM was first team east of Mississippi to win title? How did hutch win a title as a player with MSU?
According to a quick google search, MSU won a national title before the NCAA existed (in 1976. Division 1 softball title started in 1982. So Michigan was the first team east of the Mississippi to win an NCAA national title. This all according to Wikipedia.
I love how crazy softball is and that Michigan just scored a run and the ball never left the infield.
MSU was part of the NAIA when they won the title, not the NCAA.
You mean AIAW.
The NCAA began sponsoring women's sports in 1981-82. Prior to that, everyone competed in the AIAW.
The AIAW was the women's version of the NCAA. Michigan and pretty much everyone else left the AIAW when the NCAA began sponsoring.
The NAIA is the NCAA but for much smaller schools like Davenport.
No reason to force there. Ugh
C'mon Blanchard! Woohoo!
High scoring game so far.
Hope Betsa has a quick 3 up/3 down inning.
Ps. Best flight delay I've had, getting to watch this game in the espn app.
Let's just win this shoot out and keep runs against at a minimum the rest of the regional
We are up 5-4. Still waiting for us to have a shutdown defensive inning
5-4 M mid third
Bases loaded one out bottom 3rd. Top of batting order for M
Here we go!!
6-4 check swing single
Brain fart by Doyle there. Hope it doesn't cost us
Bad baserunning again. I believe that is twice a baserunning error cost them a bases loaded opportunity for Romero.
What the hell was Doyle doing? Why'd she stop running?!
My only guess is she paused to make the tag play more difficult for the second baseman. If she continued running maybe the second baseman was able to tag her and lob it easily to first for the double play.
That is the only explanation I have other than just a brief lapse in judgement.
Either way, I don't think it was the right/best decision
Tough to judge when you are not in the moment like Doyle was. But I agree, she probably should have ran full speed to second, and I bet she would say the same thing after the fact now.
Now that was a nice inning, lets have more of those please.
Top of Fifth. M leads 7-4
Back to back 1 - 2 - 3 innings. Two more innings like that and bring on Arizona State.
Rather play dartmouth in the 1-0 game.
Close it out. This game is still too close
3 more outs
Nice defensive play by Monty. M still up 7-4
no ESPNU here.
Come on ladies!!
Just turned this on to hear it's 110 degrees in Tempe. I can't say that I miss that but I would much rather deal with the summer out there than the winter here.
Top of 7th. Let's go Blue! 3 more outs!
Betsa hits the lead off batter
Bunt bobbled. Two on, no outs.
K for SDSUs career home run leader. 2 on 1 out
Walked bases loaded.
Cmon girls. Damnit
Base hit. 7-5. Bases still loaded. Sara D in to pitch.
This has not been ideal so far. Just get these two outs and lets move on.
Hutch putting in Sara D for one out. Hold your asses!
My stomach hurts
Hold your fucking asses!!
Crap. Haylie back in after Sara walks in a run. M leads 7-6
These umps are GARBAGE.
Some of these pitches look good he's calling balls now
1 out or 2?
2 now. Tie game
Tie ball game
Let's not fuck this up completely! Shit. Let's go girls, right now. Gotta have it
Two out tie game. Runners on 2, 3
Give me a K!!
Tie game. Batting for the win. Let's get it done ladies!!
Well that went poorly, but lets just walk it off now and put this behind us.
Monty with the lead off single.
Sac bunt. Runner on 2nd one out
Two out runner on third.
Let's go Collie
I'm holding my ass and now it's just puckered up as we head into extras. This may not end well
start to this series.
Sports are fun!
1-2-3 top of 8th.
Romo prolly gets walked. Let's go Christner and Lawrence
lets go deep.
too hard. Both of her swings were at pitches outside the strike zone. She likes them at the letters but patience is key here.
Change up gets Romo to hit the end of hte bat for an easy grounder. Great pitching by O Tool.
Indeed. Should just take 4 walks a game if that's what she gets. Very hard to stay that patient all of the time, especially when you are a good hitter though.
swinging at bad pitches does not help either. Even if she did get hold of one, she probably pops it up.
Unfortunately, hitting overall isn't the thing I'm most concerned about going forward. I won't get upset too much with her on that given all of the other things gone wrong. Just hope we can get out of this with a win is all
Not looking good for us. Nice rip by Silo.
Scored 7 runs early, and nothing for the last few innings.
On to the 9th
Anyone else starting to pick up the drinking pace?
The fact that this game went long means we have to win. Can't expect to go long and then have to play minimum three more games.
some nice pitches. Mixing them up is keeping the Aztecs off timing.
I am not fond of Matt Schick
inning for Haylie. O Toole has a lot of pitches. I suspect we get to her this inning.
Yes for an error!!!
Huge. Drive in Monty!!
HUGE error there.
Must cash in here.
the game here.
Throw off the mark. We win!!
8-7 good girls.
Walk off from Wagner, helping your own cause
Better slide next time please. I would rather not see anyone blow out something in their leg. See you at 6pm tomorrow!
thats for sure.
Wow - what a wacky/fun ending to that game. Glad to see it end in our favor.
I learned to catch the ball with my momentum going toward the target I needed to throw to. Terrible fundamentals by the SDSU center fielder but I can't say that I care. Go Blue! I would love to see my Sun Devils playing Michigan this weekend.
chicks rule. Especially Michigan chicks!
Michigan plays tomorrow at 6pm on ESPNU against the Arizona State/Dartmouth winner (Arizona State).
The winner of that game tomorrow makes it to the championship game on Sunday, the loser has to play again at 11 pm Eastern to earn a spot in the championship.
Michigan just lost 4-1 versus ASU and will now face winner of SDSU/Dartmouth tonight at 11pm in the elimination game