Softball continued their winning ways today, shelling a Purdue Boilermakers pitching staff that was clearly in over their heads in this one.
Tera Blanco was the hero at the dish, launching a solo shot in the 4th, followed by a 3-RBI blast in the 5th to walk off in run-rule fashion, all part of a 3-for-3 performance. The first homer went so far that it landed on the Ray Fisher Stadium outfield, drawing roars of approval from the baseball team. She was not alone in finding her hitting stroke today, though, as Faith Canfield also went 3-for-3, and both Aidan Falk & Katie Alexander chipped in 2-hit efforts. Nearly everyone got in on the action as the Maize & Blue pounded out 14 hits in less than 5 full innings of work.
In the circle, Meghan Beaubien was once again in control in the early going. She did cede a walk and a hit in her 3 innings of work, taking a third straight Wolverine no-hitter off the table. With nothing to prove and a big lead in hand, Hutch decided to save her ace's arm, sending Sarah Schaefer out to finish the job. Schaefer went 2 innings and was a little wobbly, allowing 4 hits, 2 BBs, and an ultimately-meaningless run. Still, the more innings she can accumulate the better, both for her development and for the sake of Beaubien's endurance.
1 game remains in the 3-game set, a 1 PM Easter Sunday match-up. This one will be on BTN, so tune in after lunch & hopefully catch another big W!
Even as a huge Man Utd fan, I was hoping to maybe see an Italian or German team as a change from the previous two ICC matches at the Big House. But it'll be great to see this big time rivalry take place in our favorite stadium.
After a disappointing opening to Big Ten play last weekend, featuring a split & a cancellation of the rubber game, Michigan softball got back into conference action today against a struggling Purdue squad. A mid-week tune-up against Detroit Mercy bridged the gap - the Wolverines won that 15-0 in 5 innings, with Beaubien & Schaefer combining for the no-no.
Today, it was all Beaubien in the circle, and she was dominant. 1 HBP was all that separated the freshman from tossing a perfect game. No walks were forthcoming, and Beaubien racked up 8 Ks to round out an impressive stat line. Hopefully this is a sign that, after a couple wobbly performances (at least by her sky-high standards), Beaubien is now back on track for conference play.
Offensively, Michigan didn't get a ton going, but they did enough. A pair of wild pitches plated a couple of runs in the 1st, and Tera Blanco (the only Wolverine to post more than a single hit on the day) put things out of reach in the 5th, driving home a 2-RBI single.
Michigan has 2 match-ups left against the Boilermakers this weekend, going toe-to-toe tomorrow morning at 11 AM, followed by an Easter Sunday clash at 1 PM that will be featured on the Big Ten Network.
Booked a Disney World trip well before thoughts of either the basketball or hockey tournaments were dancing in everyone's heads.
Are there any Disney vets out there who could recommend a viewing place for either of the Frozen / Final Four near Saratoga Springs?
Thanks in advance
Softball has added a midweek game for this afternoon at 4:30 against U of D Mercy. As my headline states admission is free. Come early and get the good seats that have always been occupied by the diehard softball fans. Weather should be fine and game might be short ( run ruled?). I'll be ushering near the press box for my once yearly softball gig.
With her team winning the BIG championship this weekend, Bev Plocki has won more BIG championship than any other male or female coach in BIG history (she is tied with former Indiana swimming coach).
Her record is just unbelievable (link):
UM alumi band Vulfpeck's music playing in the Apple Face ID commercial we've had to endure...one of the few commercials I'll accept during the tourney...