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|1 day 11 hours ago||Great win, and another trophy||
Great win, and another trophy in the case of one of our most decorated programs of late. They don't get a lot of attention for various reasons, but women's tennis represents the school very well. Hope this can be the year they break through with a B10 tourney crown!
|4 days 19 hours ago||I've been surprised but also||
I've been surprised but also impressed with Betsa's development this season. She still issues a few too many walks, but her ability to get the K & set batters down without allowing base-running opportunities is huge. I definitely feel much more confident in the future with her operating at a high level. With how good our O will be next season, a true post-season ace could be our ticket to the very highest levels of success.
Also, the new polls are out, and we continue to hang on to that #4 spot, which looks like it's ours to lose basically. Florida, Oregon, and LSU continue to get shuffled around in front of us except in the RPI, where Auburn has snuck in there at #3. With a relatively simple schedule ahead, the order of the day is professionalism - show up, take care of business, take it one game at a time, and a super-regional seed is there to be had.
|1 week 17 hours ago||I've also been wondering when||
I've also been wondering when we'll see Driesenga in the circle again. Betsa and Wagner are both playing well, but definitely when it comes tourney time, you want that extra bullet in the chamber. Hutch said a few weeks back that she was expecting Driesenga back soon, so hopefully it won't be too much longer. Definitely want her to get some solid innings in before playoffs.
|1 week 17 hours ago||3 straight ground-outs end||
3 straight ground-outs end the game, and it's a 16-3 (5 inn.) bombing for Michigan! Great day for Michigan, hopefully we can finish the job tomorrow!
|1 week 17 hours ago||3 more come across in the 5th||
3 more come across in the 5th to give Michigan a 16-3 lead. The Wolverines have now scored 34 runs in 10 innings against Rutgers, averaging well over 3 runs per inning. And today they've managed it despite Romo not even having a very good day at the plate, which just goes to show that this team is deep, not a one-woman show.
|1 week 17 hours ago||1-0 NW now. I agree - I'm||
1-0 NW now. I agree - I'm hoping they split, personally, but I'd rather have Minny win both than NW win both.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Elsewhere in Big Ten play,||
Elsewhere in Big Ten play, it's zeroes across the board in game 2 of the Minnesota/Northwestern series - a game with major implications for the title chase.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Montemarano adds another RBI||
Montemarano adds another RBI single, and Michigan has batted around. 11-2, the rout is on in earnest once again.
|1 week 17 hours ago||And Sweet follows it right up||
And Sweet follows it right up with a 2-run blast of her own! Just like that, this game is in run-rule territory if Rutgers can't answer back.
Also, that HR from Christner puts her into the team lead, ahead of Romo, for long balls on the season. She is definitely the revelation of the season for Michigan, and what a revelation she has been!
|1 week 18 hours ago||An error costs Michigan in||
An error costs Michigan in the bottom 2nd, leading to a couple of unearned runs from Rutgers. Still a 5-2 advantage for the Maize & Blue thanks to the Ramirez rocket.
|1 week 18 hours ago||5-0 for the Maize & Blue on||
5-0 for the Maize & Blue on the strength of a Montemarano RBI single and a 3-run blast from Abby Ramirez, not usually known for her power. Runner on 2nd now with still just one out.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Interesting to see Wagner||
Interesting to see Wagner still in the batting line-up. I'm wondering what happened with Swearingen & Vargas - both seemed like they were playing well, but have not been seeing much action of late.
|1 week 18 hours ago||I'm hoping Northwestern takes||
I'm hoping Northwestern takes one of the next two from Minny. I think they'll drop at least one to Nebraska, and might get nipped again later on as well. Minny's schedule is pretty simple from here on out, given how dreadful Wisconsin has turned out to be, so I consider them our biggest threat. If NW can give us a little more leeway vs. Minny, I'd be happy about it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Michigan is only I would say||
Michigan is only I would say about a half-step behind Florida right now. We played them very close both times this year, but gave it up late. Softball is a sport with pretty good parity these days - not so much like women's b-ball where the same 2-3 teams always seem to be in the Final Four.
As for the Big Ten, our chances are good, but it's not locked up by any means. Right now Northwestern is in the lead, but they have a couple very tough series ahead. Minnesota is likely our most serious competition, and we're ahead of them by a nose. If we take care of business, we've got a great chance, but we can't afford any slip-ups really.
|1 week 4 days ago||The last coupled times we||
The last coupled times we weathered losses to retain our high ranking I was a little surprised; this time, not so much. Minnesota is a very good team - arguably under-rated by the national pollsters - and taking 2 of 3 from them on the road marks an impressive weekend. True, the first game was ugly for us, but we returned the favor in the third game to balance things out.
Before the series, Hutch said this would be basically a super-regional sort of feel, and I don't think she was exaggerating. The stakes were really high (Big Ten standings, national rankings, post-season seeding/hosting all on the line), and both teams were playing to win. Minnesota controlled the first 8 innings or so, but then the tide turned in a big way. Good job by Michigan doing what needed to be done. The rest of the way it's fairly weak teams, so we'll need to be almost flawless - the KSU & Iowa losses did chew up some of our margin for error.
|1 week 6 days ago||Really fantastic performance||
Really fantastic performance today. I caught about half of the game (hosting an Easter party kept me distracted), but I was impressed. The ladies really battled, and as was noted above, even though we ended up in run-rule territory, this was no cake-walk. Minnesota is a great team, definitely in contention to host a regional this year if they finish strong, and Groenwegen is a great pitcher. Getting to her, especially after Friday's debacle, really says a lot about what this team can do
I've had a few doubts after some of our bad games recently, and I'll own up to that. This team isn't perfect, but when they bring their best softball, no one in the country can count on holding us down. Hopefully this sets us off in the right direction going forward!
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||And that'll do it! 9-4||
And that'll do it! 9-4 Michigan, for a huge bounce-back win. After some early defensive struggles, Michigan settled in and got the job done. Christner & Sweet starred on offense with 3 RBI apiece. Tomorrow's game will decide the regular-season series and carry huge B10 title implications. Winner will have a 1-game lead over the loser, and not many tough opponents left for either team (although next week's Minny/NW series will be one to keep an eye on - NW is actually in 1st place right now, although they still have trips to Minny & Nebraska ahead of them).
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||All game I've been muttering||
All game I've been muttering to myself, wondering why Wagner's in the line-up. Glad to be proved wrong!
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Hopefully this will be a good||
Hopefully this will be a good chance for that. A nice little 1-2-3 inning to get it started! 3 more outs to seal the deal...
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||How good has she been||
How good has she been lately? My goodness.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Huge mistake from the||
Huge mistake from the Gophers, letting Romo get on-base unearned! Christners makes them PAY with a long ball, and it's 7-4 for the Maize & Blue. Christner is a huge rising star in the line-up right now, and she's starting to rival Romo in the power numbers!
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||It was looking bad in the||
It was looking bad in the bottom of the 4th with the bases loaded & only one out, but a K and a line-out get Michigan out of the jam! Still cutting things too close for comfort, but that's a huge relief. We gotta score some more runs for our part, though - a 1-run lead (for either team) is not secure today.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||We're hitting Minny pretty||
We're hitting Minny pretty hard here, lots of baserunners the last two innings. Would like to see us plate a few more runs off those opportunities, but good to get the lead back. Now the defense really needs to lock in.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Sports are super-weird like||
Sports are super-weird like that, I guess. Just hard to explain. I'm kinda confused by our hitting line-up today, too. Blanco & Vargas on the bench while Haylie Wagner is hitting? I'm a big Wagner fan, don't get me wrong, but she's never been a great hitter. Seems a strange experiment in such a key series.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Score is 4-4 now, by the way.||
Score is 4-4 now, by the way. Minny got 3 across in the 2nd, and Sweet just hit an RBI single to tie it up in the 3rd.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||What is going on with our||
What is going on with our defense lately? Going back to the last couple innings of the Iowa game, we've given up almost 20 runs in less than two games' worth of action. We can't expect to just outscore a team like Minny...
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I feel like it'll have to be||
I feel like it'll have to be a decent amount. Driesenga & Wagner are both gone, and while Betsa will doubtless be our #1 option, she can't do it all alone. I expect to see a good deal of Blanco, who was pretty highly-touted, next season.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||On a note unrelated to||
On a note unrelated to today's game, I was thinking recently - do you guys realize just how nasty our offense has the potential to be next year? It's already really good right now, and Sweet is the only major contributor we lose. We're likely to return a .500 (or high .400s) hitter, another couple high .300/low.400 hitters, and 5 or so double-digit HR bombers as well. Defense might be a challenge at certain points, but we should definitely be able to hit the ball hard & often.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Really need a good showing||
Really need a good showing today to get things back on track. 3-1 after one is a good start, but there's a lot of work ahead still.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yikes is right. I have to||
Yikes is right. I have to admit, I'm getting a little worried. Kent State was scary, but understandable, Iowa I could still write off to some extent as a fluke, but getting blasted like this? It's starting to look too much like a pattern. Really hope the team turns it around soon and gets back to the quality of softball they were playing a few weeks back.