The SB Team headed to East Lansing today for a double header. The first game is a make up from yesterday's postponement due to cold weather. Today, the 1st game was delayed due to a heavy snow squal in the area. The first pitch was about 3pm as the temperature warmed slightly to 40F.
The game was close for the first 4 innings. Then in the top of the 5th, the M bats started to warm up. Sierra Romero continued her hot streak by going long for a Grand Slam in a 6-run inning. We scored 3 more runs in the top of the 6th inning for the 11-2 lead. Sparty could not do anything in the bottom of the 6th; preserving the mercy-rule win for the Good Guys.
Sierra Romero finished 1 for 1 with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored. She received an intentional walk as well. Ashley Lane went 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs. Kelsey Susella went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
Sara was the starting pitcher but was relieved in the 3rd by Haylie. Sara gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits. She struck out 4 and walked none in 3.1 innings of work. Haylie gave up 0 runs and 1 hits. She struck out 4 and walked none. Haylie was credited with the win.
Michigan leads the Big Ten in team batting average. Sierra Romero lead the Big Ten in total bases and is in the top 5 in batting average. She leads the league in runs scored as well. This is due primarily to Caitlin's hot bat pushing Romero home.
What a difference a year makes when we were in the middle to bottom of the Big Ten in offense. We are 3rd overall in the league in pitching.
MSU was 2nd in the league heading into this weekend with a 7-2 record. This is somewhat misleading because MSU has not played ohio, Nebraska, Minny or NW yet. I stand by my prediciton that MSU will finish in the bottom half of the Big Ten.
The second game will start shortly and I expect another mercy-rule win. If so, this will make a mercy-rule sweep. We have not done that in over 3 years.