The Softball Team 37 came back strong today at the USF Tourney in Tampa. The ladies came back from yesterday's heartbreaking 9-4 loss to Florida and a close 3-2 win against USF. We won both games this morning, 7-1 and 12-1 mercy-rule. Game time temperatures were in the mid-60s and sunny (and no snow).
In the first game, we had 15 combined hits. Lyndsay went 5 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. Freshman sensation Abby Ramirez went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored. Romo went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. Another Freshman, Kelly Christner, went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs.
Haylie was the starting pitcher and went the distance. She finished with 1 run (ER) off 2 hits along with 10 Ks and 2 BB. Overall a very strong performance for Haylie who is coming off last year's injury. This will certainly boost her confidence.
In the second game against Bethune-Cookman, everything was working well for our ladies. We had 15 hits coming from 8 different players. Romo went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Caitlin went 3 for 4 with 4RBIs and 2 runs scored. Silo and Lyndsay had 2 hits apiece.
Megan Besta was rewarded with her first ever Michigan Start and the win. She went 3 innings and gave up 1 run (ER) off 1 hit. She allowed 5 BB and garnered 7 Ks. Overall a good performance for Megan considering this is her first Varsity Start.
Sara came on for the last 2 innings. She allowed 0 runs and 1 hit with 0 BBs and 5 Ks. This is another stellar performance by Sara.
Overall a total team effort today. A 3-1 start is a good start to the long season. We came within 1 out of beating Florida and going 4-0 to start the season. It is good to see Haylie back in the circle and the Freshmen contributing so early in their careers.
It will be interesting to see how far we fall after the UF loss. I suspect we will only lose a few spots but we will remain in the Top 10, not that it matters though. We play next weekend Lafayette La next weekend.