Ladies won the semifinal in walk off fashion 4-3. The team now plays Minnesota for the championship.
Michigan softball vs. Wisconsin/Michigan softball vs. Minnesota open thread
after 2 were out...and left 'em loaded.
Still down 2-0 after 1
Let's go ladies!
This year's team just looks out of sync in all aspects of the game.
You must not have seen them a month or two ago
Sierra's got an OPS over 1.560. Those are Nintendo numbers.
And after that bomb, it's a little higher.
Tie game! Way to go Romero!
Wow. Didn't realize that Ohio State popped Nebraska yesterday.
Winner of this game plays Minnesota for the B1G title.
Hutch seems to be a pretty tough character yet the players maintain an ease on the field, with a lot of smiles, especially the pitchers.
and she hits one out. [Considering her stats, I suppose the law of averages wouldn't make that such a big deal.]
Tied 2-2. Our pinch hitter strikes out for the third out. Ouch.
Horseshit call on the 3rd strike that ended the 3rd. I understand they're a bit more liberal with the strike zone, but that was a bit ridiculous.
Bases juiced and we got nothing. Hope that doesn't come back to haunt us.
Wisconsin caught stealing!
Both teams stranding a bunch of base runners. We got get some of these runs home. Let's go BLUE!!
Sierra Lawrence looked safe.
but no runs in the 6th. The Wisky runner heading home dogged it and didn't make it home before the other runner was tagged out. Cost them a run. Hopefully Michigan bats come alive this inning.
Top of the 7th, Wisconsin just hit a HR to go up 3-2. Tough one for Betsa.
That was almost a walk-off bomb.
If they pitch to Romero now, they're idiots.
so now we've got runners on 1st and 2nd, none down.
...double steal moves them up to 2nd and 3rd!
Hell of an ending.
Walk off single after we steal 3rd.
4-3 good girls.
Blanchard comes thru with a line single to left, final score Michigan wins, 4-3!
Go Blue, Gals!!!
Way to come through in the clutch ladies! Formerly 1 - 8 when trailing after 6, so nice to see them get this done.
Yay! We win! Now beat Minny. Of course BTN is blaming the umps.
The good thing is that we won it in 7 innings too. We don't want our ladies tired for the championship. The number one seed should play at 3:30 and get the rest time but oh well.
Fuck ya girls
Collie was out at third tho. Wiscy still would have lost, probably
BTN says that Driesenga will start the final.
We're the top seed. Why aren't we the home team? What am I missing?
Yeah that makes no sense to me either. Especially since we had like 5 minutes between games.
but did say why. I would think higher seed is home.
Question for someone who's knowledgeable about softball: why are pitchers more heavyset than some of the other players? Is that intentional or just a random occurrence? I can see why power hitters carry more bulk, but why pitchers?
I would have to think the majority of it lies in the girl's legs, in order to produce the necessary velocity to pitch at this level.
May be due to the specialty of their position. Just speculating
There's pretty wide variety. A lot of the elite ones like a Finch or Osterman are just super tall. Taryn Mowatt was neither tall nor wide (was/is in fact crazy hot) and was elite.
Would've been nice to get on the board in the first. Let's go D!
Blanchard with the lead off double in the 4th. Bring her home ladies!!
2nd and 3rd, 0 out in the 4th.
Gotta cash one in here.
2 run single!
This umpire needs to realize that Hutch would quit bitching of he'd quit calling strikes on balls above our neck.
everytime I watch softball.....I'm amazed how liberal the strike zone is. seems like the girls have to swing at some bad pitches.
No kidding. The strike zone is the size of a Buick.
Coach Hutch is breathing a bit of fire tonight.
C'mon Sara. Get 'em out!
Didn't take long for that lead to disappear. C'mon Haylie!!
Edited: Oops, I thought it was over. Good luck to the team!
The team has now played 14 innings straight. If this goes to extras, it's good that we have three ace pitchers.
Oh, we're in some trouble here.
Never seen that - two strikes on the batter, and they go for an intentional walk.
That's a bitch of a way to lose it.
That was a good pitch at the end, looked like it could have been fielded for an out, but didn't go our way. Team effort to win and team effort to lose, no one to blame here. Got to get the timely hits though, with runners on base.
Well shit. We have to score more runs next weekend.
how did they lose?
Yeah, this team just does not seem to have it.
They were cruising for a while, but they started scuffling at the wrong time.
With runners on 1st and 3rd, a chopper to 2nd ate up the 2nd baseman and wound up in RF. Runner crosses the plate. Dagger.
it's been that kind of relentlessly shitty day in sports for me.
as I saw the yellow ball pop up in the air by second base and the foot hit the plate, I shut off the TV.
Woke up to find out Gordon won his first race of the year, so that made my mood a little better.
I have doubts this team will do anything in the NCAAs. They been slumping the last month.
Hopefully teams outside of the Big Ten will not realize that you should never, ever throw Romero a strike.
Last year we sliced through the big ten pretty much. This year we had 6 losses. Hopefully, it's because the big ten is a ton better this year.
It would have been a perfect day for me if we won the tournament. M Baseball, M softball, and Tigers.
Pitching issues. This is clearly a WCWS lineup and defense (on the whole), we don't have the shut down pitcher that the top teams typically do. We have 2 (3?) really good pitchers, but not the shut down ACE.
M can get there, depending on the draw- and nothing would surprise me however.
Calm down people, it's the B1G Tournament.
These things are absolutely worthless. Just ask Basketball. Didn't effect their NCAA run.