Softball won 9-0 today over Minnesota. Bigger news: Jordan Taylor threw a perfect game. No runner reached base. Wow. Awesome.
here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
Unless the pitcher strikes out every batter.
I'd argue that a perfect game in 18 pitches would be the epitome of perfect. No team would be stupid enough to let that happen though. Someone would take a pitch just to make the pitcher throw a few more pitches.
You can't do any better than that.
Can there ever really be a 'perfect' game? Every performance leaves some room for improvement...
[/holds finger to ear]
I'm being told by the studio that, in fact, it is indeed statistically impossible to do better. My apologies.
This is excellent news. Congratulations Jordan!
Congrats to Ms. Taylor. Is there any truth to the rumor that she struck out Angry Michigan Hating God twice in the game?
Isn't a no-hitter/perfect game a little more common in softball, especially considering because of the throwing motion, pitchers could theoretically throw every game, along with the mercy rule? I seem to remember one of the Michigan pitchers tossing something like 3 or 4 of them the season we won the NCAA title.
Slightly more common. Still not that often. And this was without the mercy rule (10 runs).
I'd say it's more than slightly more common. There were several no-hitters last year, if I recall correctly.
Last year Taylor had a 1-hitter (2 BB) vs. Wisco
Taylor had a 2-hitter (0 BB) vs. Iowa
Taylor and Nemitz combined for a perfect game against EMU
Taylor had a 3-hitter (1 BB) vs. Minnesota
Nemitz had a 2-hitter (2 BB) vs. Arizona
Taylor had a perfect game vs. Tennessee Tech
Nemitz had a 1-hitter (1 BB) vs. Virginia Tech
Taylor had a 1-hitter (1 BB) vs. Long Island
That's one perfect game in a mercy rule game (5 innings) against a bad team and one combined one against a meh team. It's still tough to do, even in a 7-inning game.
Apparently this was a 5-inning type too.
Just looked it up. Jennie Ritter had 5 career no-hitters at Michigan. Michigan has had 31 no hitters in softball since 1979. 6 have been perfect games, 4 out of the 6 being 5-inning games.
Michigan baseball has been playing since the 1860's. There have been exactly 2 no-hitters, the last in the 70's.
So, yes, I'd say it's a bit more common for a no-hitter in softball than baseball. And, by virtue of the mercy rule, undoubtedly easier in comparison to a 9-inning baseball no-no.
but is she hot?
SHE DOES IT AGAIN! First Michigan pitcher to complete the feat twice.
Something tells me this is front page material.
Deserving, yes. Fits neatly into my posting schedule, maybe not. We'll see what I can get done on ND/Iowa first.
I appreciate the work you put in toward Olympic Sports updates.
They're Michigan athletes too.