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|3 days 11 hours ago||That's definitely a way you||
That's definitely a way you could go, especially depending on match-ups. I've certainly seen pitchers for other teams throw multiple games in the same day, esp. come tourney time. Not sure if I can recall an occasion of M doing so, but then, for pretty much the whole time I've been following the team closely, we've had 2 tournament-quality starters. Maybe senior Jordan Taylor at some point?
|3 days 12 hours ago||Good bounce-back over the||
Good bounce-back over the course of the weekend. Unfortunately, the loss probably takes us definitively out of title contention - we now need Minny to drop 2 of their remaining 6 B10 games, which are against bottom-feeders Purdue & PSU. One loss we might have gotten lucky with, but 2 is probably too much to ask. Fortunately, we host the B10 tournament, so we may want to make that our focus going forward. Hopefully Blanco can win us the round 1 game there, and then have Betsa go back-to-back on championship day.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Also, poor damn Megan Betsa.||
Also, poor damn Megan Betsa. She's having an outstanding year, and with a slightly better O around her, could be carving out a legendary space in M softball history. Real fans will always remember her of course, but it's a little disappointing to see the team struggling while she's playing so well as a senior.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Good response to a||
Good response to a disappointing Friday game. Hopefully the team will sustain the progress - a few weeks ago, they made some good strides, but have back-slid since. We need a strong finish - even if it doesn't lead to a B10 Regular Season crown, it can put us on the right path for the B10 tourney & NCAAs.
|1 week 1 day ago||We're definitely feeling the||
We're definitely feeling the effects of not having a true #2 pitcher right now. Blanco has been decent, but not of the caliber we've needed her to be. Combine this with the fact that Betsa is a strike-out pitcher, which means she just doesn't get those 5, 6, or 7 pitch innings that Haylie Wagner used to be able to scoop up, and her pitch count can really get out of control. She's just going to have to gut through it, though, b/c there's no other option.
The other factor is that the offense needs to start getting timely hitting. We've still got a top-25 outfit in terms of team batting average, and we're even better when it comes to OBP. The scoring is just on the wrong side of top-25, though, and took a bit of a hit tonight. A few timely hits, and this season looks really different. I could add 3 base hits to this team's season and give us wins over Florida & FSU, and still have one left over to wipe out the ugly loss at Maryland (the only game I've been able to attend live - dammit!).
On the one hand, that's frustrating as hell. On the other, it indicates that we're not that far off. There's still time to click down the stretch, especially in terms of post-season play.
|1 week 4 days ago||Weird feeling for the||
Weird feeling for the baseball team to be playing better than softball! Looks like this Bakich guy is turning out alright. :) Hope they can keep it up down the stretch.
|1 week 4 days ago||I was at the game today -||
I was at the game today - very frustrating to watch. Just couldn't get anything going until the 7th, when we finally strung together a few hits. Big base-running blunder after Montemarano's single cost us huge - should've either gone sooner & scored or just held up & gotten bases loaded, 1 out. Blanco struggled in the circle as well. Only gave up 2 runs, but Maryland was hitting her hard - lots of balls that fell just short of the wall. This one might haunt us - no reason we should've lost to this miserable team, and Minnesota is showing no signs of slowing down. No more margin for error now.
On the plus side, I sat right in front of Montemarano's mother during the game, and got to chat with her. Very cool woman, had some nice comments about the team. She's a big Sierra Lawrence fan - rightly noted that Lawrence never got the attention she perhaps deserved, due to being overshadowed by another Sierra.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||I went to one of those||
I went to one of those "scored scrimmages" - I think it was the 1995 one - as a kid. I enjoyed watching the team, but found it a big let down after going to an actual game the year before. What really bugged me was that, as a kid sitting in the stands, I could see how routinely they were failing at properly scoring the damn thing. It wasn't even a complex system, it was just a matter of the guy in the booth not paying much attention. /rant :)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"I wouldn't trade anything||
"I wouldn't trade anything for my experiences as a student at Yost."
The next generation of Michigan hockey fans would love to say the same. Unfortunately, Red has gone from being the one providing those experiences to the one standing in the way of forming new ones. I love Red as much as anyone, my senior year I went to every game of the Porter/Kolarik run to the Frozen Four, and I was there for the Molly Game before I was a student at Michigan. I think the kids who are in school now deserve to see great hockey like you & I did.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sorry, but this is simply||
I'm sorry, but this is simply ridiculous. People have identified a *string* of first-rate candidates, starting with the former heir-apparent Mel Pearson and going on through a few other good names. These have been discussed extensively, and the AD should have a very good sense of who they want, availability, cost, etc. already worked out.
Of course, no hire is a guarantee, and so if (say) Pearson comes in and doesn't do well, you will get to claim "I told you so" re: firing Berenson this year. But that's not rational thinking.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Fortunately one of the||
Fortunately one of the incoming freshman is a young lady named Meghan Beaubien, who is widely regarded as being the truth. We've certainly seen great freshman seasons before - witness Jordan Taylor & Haylie Wagner in recent memory - so there's good reason to hope that Beaubien will be cut from similar cloth.
That said, if Blanco continues trending up, that's still obviously great - just takes that much pressure off Beaubien in terms of having to be the absolute ace from day 1.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The team is definitely||
The team is definitely rounding into form. Next weekend will be a key test, as our series will feature the two teams tied atop the conference standings. That & the Wisconsin series, if the Badgers can get off the schneid, may well determine our conference season.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Nice write-up, WD! My life||
Nice write-up, WD! My life is pretty packed this weekend & next, so I'm glad there are other folks on here to pick up the slack & keep us all up to date.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Coming into today (NCAA stat||
Coming into today (NCAA stat database won't update to include today's events 'til later) she was #1 in the nation in total strike-outs (and almost certainly became the 1st pitcher to hit 200 Ks on the year unless something crazy happened elsewhere). Also #3 in Ks/7 innings with12.7 - a number that dipped slightly this afternoon!
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Unfortunately, Nebraska gave||
Unfortunately, Nebraska gave up 3 runs after getting Minnesota down to their final out in Lincoln, blowing a 4-2 lead in the 7th. Would've been huge if the Gophers had dropped one in the first weekend of conference play. There won't be many games they're in danger of losing this Big Ten season.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Any particular reason why the||
Any particular reason why the results seem to be spiking this year, after a slow start to the program?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Wow, 23-2 ... against||
Wow, 23-2 ... against Indiana? IU has lost to teams like Samford & Illinois-Chicago - not exactly a powerhouse.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I keep forgetting that they||
I keep forgetting that they are so down - probably because we don't play them that often, and my memories of them are facing them in the Big Ten Tournament final & a tough road series in Lincoln a few years back.
|5 weeks 7 hours ago||As of now, I'd say absolutely||
As of now, I'd say absolutely yes. They're top 10 in both polls, they've won multiple Big Ten Tournaments in recent years, have a senior ace who can also hit pretty dang well, and their only losses on the season have been in Washington, against #6/#5 Washington. We can definitely top them, but it's going to be a battle.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||It's been a rough||
It's been a rough non-conference schedule for sure, but this team still has it in them to compete for the Big Ten. I hope they're able to put those struggles behind them & hit the next gear for league play.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||It's a fact. Beyond mere||
It's a fact. Beyond mere NCAA rules stuff, Pitino has done some messed up things, and not really shown much public contrition that I've ever heard of. Meanwhile, if there's a good man in college sports anywhere, it's John Beilein. Great to see the outcome turn out the right way.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Kent State has given us||
Kent State has given us problems before - I think it was 2 years ago they had an ace pitcher who beat us once & threw a hell of a scare into us a second time the same weekend. I wonder if they've got some maniacal pitching coach who's due for a promotion or something. In any event, glad to get the W - anything to build some momentum going into Big Ten play next week.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Cowboys' offense is damn||
Cowboys' offense is damn impressive. Thankfully, today our 3 point shooters were just a little bit more impresive. That's what it comes down to - survive and advance.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I agree on both counts. In||
I agree on both counts. In my preseason preview, I worried about our ability to host post-season play, and that concern is playing out. A super-regional is all but out of reach, even if we were to miraculously win out, simply due to lack of opportunities to impress. A regional is still very possible, but we’ll need to play very well to get one. Ws over Baylor, Kentucky, and (hopefully) Minnesota in the Big Ten tourney would go a long way.
Meanwhile, these missed opportunities hurt bad. We had plenty of chances to beat UF in extras, and got robbed of one against FSU. Shift those games into the W column, and we’re talking about a very different season. Even in as long a season as college softball provides, the whole thing can come down to a few bounces.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Really frustrating game last||
Really frustrating game last night. Got runners to 3rd more innings than not, but couldn't push even one across. Makes this Baylor game pretty big, too - it's one of our last chances to get a W over a ranked opponent.
Also, don't look now, but Minnesota is 14-0 and creeping up into top-ten territory in the polls. They haven't played a ton of marquee opponents yet, but they're weed-whacking everyone they see. They'll definitely be dangerous in the Big Ten this year.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||ASU fans must hate us so much||
ASU fans must hate us so much these days. We bounced them from the tournament a couple of times recently, including that nasty Lindsay Doyle home-run-robbery for the final out in their park, and we've whooped up on them a lot in non-conf. play.
Also, let's take a moment and note the fact that Kelly Christner is hitting like .600 or so right now. Not even worried about jinxing it, because of course that's unsustainable, but she's playing some great softball, just what you want to see with a senior.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I'm hoping that tie against||
I'm hoping that tie against FSU will prove to be a turning point for this team, kinda like that Minnesota comeback was a few years ago. They've battled tough, but not broken through, and then had a chance at a season-defining W stolen from them. You can get deflated after something like that, or you can get mad. They played with some fire in the night-cap; now we need to see if they can carry it over to next week.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||How has no one said Cordy||
How has no one said Cordy yet? You are probably getting some decent money, get field level views of the whole UM football season, and get to be mere feet away from every single Harbaugh blow-up! Granted you've gotta be on the ball, so it's trickier than back-up punter, but the perks are pretty damn fine.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||+1 informative (seriously)||
+1 informative (seriously)
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Awesome, congratulations. I||
Awesome, congratulations. I had a very similar feeling when I went there for my MA (almost 10 years ago now, yeesh). I never thought I'd be there, and was a bit resistant to even applying, but I fell in love with the people & community there pretty quickly. Of course the "Beat ND" button on my backpack meant that everyone knew where I stood. :)