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|4 weeks 3 days ago||Of course||
To clarify, I think she'll see time at catcher and 1B. Just not in the outfield. She's definitely good enough to crack the lineup. No problem though, always happy to talk softball!
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I'd be shocked||
The way this weekend went, I'd be shocked if Falk saw much time in the outfield, or any time at all. Yeah, there's no question both are going to be great players. Just from what I've seen though, Swearingen is college ready. She can play. I'm hoping that Blanco could be a serviceable DH this year and make up for some of the offensive production that Hasselbach took with her when she graduated.
I really think Monte and Christner will be two of the biggest offensive contributors outside of Romero and Lawrence this year. Both pass the eye test, they look a lot stronger than they did a year ago, and both looked like they made serious swing adjustments over the summer. Monte banged a couple off the wall and hit what the annoucncer described as a "SCUD missile" line drive through the infield to score two with the bases loaded. Christner hit a couple of lasers too. You'll see a lot more consistency out of the two of them this year.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I actually think...||
I actually think Swearingen will play a majority of the season at first with Blanco seeing spot duty. Swearingen is listed at 5'10" but is probably approaching 6'0", and is clearly the most ready offensively and defensively of all the freshmen. Monte will definitely keep her spot at third. She hit the cover off the ball this weekend and has gotten stronger and faster from last year. Same with Christner. Both of them are poised for breakouts and my bold prediction right now is that Monte has double digit homers.
Susalla played the entire tournament in right field. The OF lost a lot of depth last season, and with her losing her spot at 3rd to Monte plus the addition of Swearingen and Blanco, she can fill in at right. She was adequate, making a nice running catch in the gap but also losing a can of corn in the sun and letting it drop in front of her. Her bat is still just a little bit off.
Falk struggled. You could tell she wasn't used to college pitching. She looked average in the field at 1st; behind the plate she was serviceable but threw a couple over the pitcher's head when she was returning the ball after the pitch, and hit maybe one ball hard all weekend. She did have two or three singles, but most were those little dinky hits that drop in front of the OF. She has a big, powerful swing, but needs to level it out and work on adjusting her timing. This is a 40 HR high school swing, but a 40 K college swing. She has incredible potential though, for sure.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||You bet!||
No problem MGoSB, I'm always excited to talk M softball. Hope to see you in Ann Arbor this weekend for the UK games!
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Some insight||
Pitching was about as evenly divided as you can get - one would start and pitch 3, one would come in relief for 3, and one would pitch the final inning. Only pitchers that got work were Wagner, Driesenga, and Betsa. Freshman Tera Blanco saw work at DH and 1B, notched a few hits but nothing too wild. All three pitchers had their bright spots but I thought Betsa looked especially dominant. Great movement and her control was much improved from last year. She could be the horse this year.
Otherwise, Romero was Romero, and Lawrence batted leadoff and looked fantastic. Great power. Freshman Taylor Swearingen got some work at 1B and 3B and hit a 2-run homer on Sunday against Oakland, so that was neat to see. All of the freshmen got work at some point this weekend, but the primary contributor in my opinion will be Swearingen followed by Blanco.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Sunday Scores||
Sunday scores were 9-1 over Oakland and 5-2 over Central in the "title game".
|9 weeks 2 days ago||No way||
No way that 21 goes to any position but receiver.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Wouldn't be...||
Wouldn't be Marvin Robinson perchance, would it? That's just what comes to mind.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Yep!||
I don't have any soccer jerseys since I only recently started getting into it. I did pick up a McGary jersey for a solid price a couple of weeks ago and have been looking for an excuse to wear it, so I think I'll rock that.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Student Sports||
Student Sports does rankings for softball. They rank the Top 100 players nationally and then the Top 25 classes based on commits. Here's a link to the Top 25 classes for 2014, Michigan is 18th in the country with four commits, two are in the top 100 (#3 P Tera Blanco, and #100 SS/3B Amanda Vargas).
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not very informed on his situation...||
...but I'd put about $10 on him decomitting before NSD '16. He's out in an exotic location on a visit high. Caught up in the pomp and circumstance. But, if I'm wrong and it sticks, not the end of the world. Good for him for making up his mind and sticking with it. I just have a gut feeling that this isn't over.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||That's me mean mugging in the||
That's me mean mugging in the camera well! I had probably the worst angle in the entire stadium for that play...
|23 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not even sure it was the flu||
Might just be dehydration. Three players have been in and out of the hospital all weekend. They're putting on, though. Fighting to the death. Win or lose, gotta be proud of leaving it all on the field.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||YEAH CAIT||
Two run blast! 4-2 good guys!
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Yep.||
Don't wanna announce who right now, but a couple were in the hospital most of the night. Let's hope they channel Michael Jordan and have a flu game.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||GO BLUE||
Such a great feeling, they made it interesting but these ladies deserve it. Such a great group of girls, it's been a fantastic experience getting to spend a season with them and hopefully it's not even close to over.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Let me know||
Let me know if you two make it to a game, I'd love to meet you both and I can try to arrange a tour of the facility if you haven't already seen it by then.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||They count out the runs||
They count out the runs, all say "We want moooooore runs!", one person says "WILL WE EVA QUIT?" and then everyone says "NO! We want some mo', we want some mo', we want some mo'", which is followed by a tribal war chant and a "HOO" accompanied with a pounding of the chest equivalent to their run total for the game.
|28 weeks 5 hours ago||I just spent like||
I just spent like 45 minutes writing my own softball preview, so I'm gonna add it to this one if you don't mind. Good write-up!
The time is upon us, softball fans - it's Minnesota weekend. This series has been circled on the schedule since the beginning of the year, and neither team has disappointed. The #3 Wolverines ride a 20-game win streak into the weekend, having won every game since dropping three straight in California against Arizona State, Washington, and a shocker against Houston. Michigan (34-6, 12-0) plays host to #12 Minnesota (32-6, 10-3) who has dropped single games against Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Nebraska in B1G play.
The story of Minnesota's season has been their pitching. Senior Sara Moulton has been dominant all season, and she leads the conference in strikeouts with 188. Moulton and Michigan lefty Haylie Wagner are tied for the lead in wins with 19, and Moulton is second in ERA behind Wagner with 1.68. Behind Moulton, the Gophers have a National Freshman of the Year finalist in Sara Groenewegen, who is a perfect 11-0 and is striking out opposing batters at an insane rate, with 126 Ks in 77.1 innings (1.63 per inning).
Michigan has a pitching staff that is more than capable of matching up, however. Wagner has been a model of perfection with a 19-0 record: 4-0 against ranked teams, 3-0 against top-five teams (Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona). Her pitching style is a bit different than that of Minnesota, relying on hitting her spots and forcing opponents to mishit the ball. She only has 87 K's in 110 innings, so she pitches to contact a lot more, but it clearly works for her. The Wolverines have their own National Freshman of the Year finalist in Megan Betsa, who is 10-3 with a 1.84 ERA.
The difference in this game could be on the offensive side of things. Minnesota is hitting .285 as a team while Michigan is markedly better at .364. Another advantage for Michigan: there is only one Sierra Romero, and she'll be wearing Maize and Blue tonight. Romero leads the nation in three offensive categories: batting average with .519, on-base percentage with .651, and runs-per-game with 1.33. She has one more home run this year (11) than she does strikeouts (10). She's slugging an absurd .904 with 50 RBI. Sierra Lawrence has also had a hot bat lately, with 6 HRs and 45 RBI. U-M's table setters (Lyndsay Doyle and Nicole Sappingfield) have been fantastic also; both hitting over .400 and getting on base at a good clip to set the table for the meat of an already loaded lineup.
The importance of this series cannot be overstated: winning one is imperative, winning two is great, and winning all three is ideal. Taking at least two out of three secures our position in the drivers seat going forward, with series against Purdue, Illinois, and Wisconsin left to go. You can catch Saturday night's game on BTN at 7 PM, the REAL Under The Lights III. Go Blue!
Edit: here is the intro that airs on the video board at Alumni Field. Pretty sick.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||True||
True. There are no spots in this lineup I would want to face if I were an opposing pitcher. The development of Sierra Lawrence and the offensive renaisannce of Taylor Hasselbach have done wonders for the offense. Tay Hass is hitting the cover off the ball lately.
Speaking of not wanting to pitch against our lineup, I actually felt really bad for MSU's pitcher today. She had a complete breakdown on the mound in the seventh, just bawling on a televised game. Poor girl has probably never been rocked like that before, and her defense was not helping her out. She's just a freshman and that team has absolutely no depth anywhere on the roster. Only two pitchers, so she gets thrust into the fire regularly. It's not like we were running up the score though, they just could not get an out.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||If you were there||
You were probably sitting right near me! I was directly behind the plate.
|29 weeks 7 hours ago||Hope so!||
Hope it turns out like last year without the 8-7 extra inning deal. Haha. I'd rather just run-rule all three.
|29 weeks 8 hours ago||Thanks SBW!||
I certainly hope it's a tune up series for Minnesota. That's the most important series of the year for us and it would be nice to get everything working in sync for next weekend.
|29 weeks 9 hours ago||Well you are sort of in luck||
Well you are sort of in luck for Sunday, our first regionally televised game is on BTN at noon against Sparty. Then we have two televised on BTN next weekend against Minnesota, which is a critical series against a very good team. So you've got options, my friend!
|30 weeks 1 day ago||There have been||
There have been 38 of them in 36 full seasons of Michigan softball (this is the 37th). I don't know if I would say infinitely more common.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||You're telling me||
You're telling me that he has no say whatsoever when the spring game starts? I'm aware he has no control over the baseball and softball games but the entire spring game could have been moved up two hours, that way people could have left that game and walked over to the fields and caught one of those two games.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I'm disappointed||
I'm disappointed that the spring game, the baseball game, and the softball game all start at the same time. What is Brandon thinking?
|30 weeks 3 days ago||I'm well on my way||
I'm well on my way to catching them all. Without spoiling it, that one big dude was just chilling near Division street in A2.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Two other individual performances||
Two other individual perfomances to note came in Game 2... senior captain Katie Luetkens hit her second career home run, and shortly after that, senior Brandi Virgil hit her first career home run and drove in the first RBI of her career. Heartwarming story for two girls that don't see much playing time to get a chance to step in and contribute. They lived their dreams.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||I wouldn't be surprised||
I wouldn't be surprised if the issue with Betsa was the cold weather. She's a GA girl and hasn't pitched in this weather before. Hopefully just an anomaly. Encouraging to see Sweet and Montemarano hit their first homers of the season. Romo is inhuman - hell of a hitter. Good weekend from the girls in the Maize and Blue!