Haylie Wagner named Freshman AND pitcher of the Year in B1G. Chiddy Player of the Year

Haylie Wagner named Freshman AND pitcher of the Year in B1G. Chiddy Player of the Year

Submitted by MGoSoftball on May 19th, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Haylie Wagner and Amanda Chidester won some very prestegious awards late this week form the Big Ten Office in Chicago.

Haylie won the Freshmen of the Year as well as Pitcher of the Year.   Haylie had the best record in teh B1G for starting pitchers at 30-5.  She was second in ERA at 1.53.  Minny's Sara Moulton was 1.52.  Haylie was 3rd in OBA at .205.

Chiddy was named Player of the Year.  The senior from Allen Park Cabrini is a do-all type player.  Many people dont know this but she is a catcher converted to third converted to 1st base.  Chiddy had a .348 which is in the top 15.  She had 44 RBIs which is in the top15.  The most interesting stat is she scored 35 runs.  That is high for a #3 / #4 power hitter.  This shows how smart she is on the bases.

Her average is weighted down by a slow start.  She is now batting over .400 the last half of the season.  But that is the nature of averages: there is no such category as slump.

Congrats to both ladies.  We are very proud of you.  Keep up the good work in Louisville and we will see you in Oklahoma City.

M SB wins 2 today, Sweeps series against ohio

M SB wins 2 today, Sweeps series against ohio

Submitted by MGoSoftball on April 7th, 2012 at 10:28 PM

The Michigan Softball team had its best series of the year, this weekend in Columbus.  We smoked them Friday 10-2, then took 2 from them today 11-4 and 6-5.

Sara Driesenga started the first game and went the distance.  She finished the game with 4 ER off 5 hits.  She struck out 4 and walked 5. She also went 3 for 5 at the plate.

The offense is clicking in mid-season form by scrapping up 16 hits.  Yes, that is correct.  I said 16 (sixteen) hits.  Chiddy led the way with a 2 for 3 performance and getting 3 RBIs and scoring 2 runs.  Colie game out of her mini-slump by going 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.  Ashley, Lyndsay and Steph Kirkpatrick each had 2 hits.

The second game was a little closer but not as close as the score would indicate.  Haylie got the start and had a complete game.  Things were a little rough on Haylie in the first inning.  She had one pitch she which she could have back.  It was a meat-ball for ohio 1B Evelyn Carrillo, who sent it for a ride for a grand slam.  After that 1st inning, Haylie settled in and pitched a wonderful game.  She ended up with 4 ER off 5 hits.  She struck out 4 and walked 3.

The offense was led by Amy Knapp.  She was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and 1 run scored. Bree Evans went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored.  We had 3 errors in the second game which can't make Coach happy.

Now I can say that we are starting to get on track.  ohio is a very good team this year.  They will finish in the top half of the B1G.  We should have swept Indiana last week too but that is how things go.  Great job ladies.  Keep up the good work.  We never lost faith in you. 

I just hope everyone on this board realizes that we have an icon for a coach.  She is the best and I would not trade her for anyone including Candreas. 

M SB wins rubber match vs Indiana 7-2

M SB wins rubber match vs Indiana 7-2

Submitted by MGoSoftball on April 1st, 2012 at 3:34 PM

The Michigan Softball Team took the rubber game of the weekend series against Indiana.  M split yesterday so today's game was critical.

The bats were popping today.  Ashley Lane was the big hero today by going 2 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBIs.  Chiddy also went long and deep going 2 for 2 and scored 2 runs.  Lindsay Doyle is doing all she can to keep herself in the #2  hole by going 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.

Haylie Wagner was in the circle today.  She gave up 1 ER off 6 hits.  She walked 0 and struck out 1: a very nice outing for Haylie today.  Sara Driesenga batted for Haylie and went 1 for 3 with a run scored.

Indiana is a good team, not a great team.  So we need to be more consistent in our day-to-day play.  I think Coach is doing a wonderful job and is just trying to get the team into a groove.

Colie's Walk-Off leads M Softball vs BGSU 12-2 in mercy rule win

Colie's Walk-Off leads M Softball vs BGSU 12-2 in mercy rule win

Submitted by MGoSoftball on March 28th, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Colie Sappingfield had a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead the Mochigan Softball team to victory against Bowling Green 12-2.  She finished the day 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs.  What a wonderful day for Colie.  She has been struggling of late that this is just what the Doctor ordered for her.  Colie is not known for hitting home runs.

Sara Driesenga played one of her best games today against BGSU.  She was in the circle today and received the win.  She pitched all 7 innings.  She gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 3 hits.  She walked 4 and struck out 4.

Sara was also a leader at the plate.  She went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs.  Chiddy also went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.  Lindsay Doyle went 2 for 2 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. 

Overall we ended up with 13 hits on the day.  We had 1 error as well.  This game is certainly needed for a confidence booster.  Bowling Green is not a Top 10 team, but a win is a win.

Great Job ladies.  Keep up the good work.  Awesome Job today Sara.  We knew you could do it and we support you 100%.

M Softball gets 1st Mercy Rule Win of 2012; 10-2 over EMU

M Softball gets 1st Mercy Rule Win of 2012; 10-2 over EMU

Submitted by MGoSoftball on March 21st, 2012 at 8:10 PM

The Michigan Softball Team had its first Mercy-Rule win today against EMU at Alumni Field.  Today's game was not on the schedule; however, after two games in the Judi Garman Classic were canceled due to rain, Coach decided to get one in before the Big Ten Season.

Sara Driesenga got the win.  She pitched 5 innings, gave up 2 unearned runs (0 ER) off 3 hits.  She struck out 3 and walked none.  She helped herself with the bat as well by going yard with a runner on base.  She finished the game 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a run scored from the round tripper.

Chiddy hit a grand slam in the 8 run, 3rd inning.  She ended up 1 for 2 with the 4 RBIs and the run scored from the dinger.  Bree went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Coach continues to juggle the lineup.  She had Chiddy at 1st, Steph and 3rd and Amy at SS.  Colie was batting in the 9 hole and Lauren was batting in the 8th slot.

Not to shabby for the first game at home this year.  It was nice to get a tune-up prior to the Big Ten season.

Blue Dragon?  You know what to do.

M Softball Gets Back On-track; Wins 3-1

M Softball Gets Back On-track; Wins 3-1

Submitted by MGoSoftball on February 26th, 2012 at 12:03 PM

The Michigan Softball team righted the ship this morning by defeating Mississippi State 3-1 in Clearwater Florida.  This comes off the heels of two disappointing losses Friday and Saturday. Haylie started in the circle and yielded 1ER off 4 hits with 1 BB and 2 HBP.  Sara came in to relieve Haylie in the 5th inning.  Sara finished allowing 0 ER and 1 hit; she had 1 K and 0 BB.  Coach is keeping the youngsters on a short leash today.

The offense was led by Caitlin Blanchard who went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored.  She hit a crucial hit to knock in Chiddy from second.  Bree Evans was awarded an RBI after she worked the pitcher to full count while the bases were loaded and managed to get a good call along the way for the base on balls which scored a run.  Chiddy went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Now this is Michigan Softball that we know and love.  Great pitching, timely hitting and ZERO errors today can make a coach smile.  Coach Hutch uses many bench players today as well.  Katie Luetkens, Brandi Virgil, and Jaclyn Crummey got into the game. 

The two losses this weekend hurts.  There is no doubt about that.  We will drop more than a few spots in the polls next week.  However, mid-season polls are useless.  It gives fans and alums something to brag about before the Big Ten season starts.  I personally wish they would release polls starting on May 1st leading into Regionals.  Either way, GREAT job this morning ladies.

The team will stay in Florida for Spring Break and play Wednesday against USF in Tampa.  This week we will play some top teams so we will get tested through this coming weekend.  I have faith in the ladies and Coach will ensure they are ready to play.

Softball Bats come alive but M lost 10-7

Softball Bats come alive but M lost 10-7

Submitted by MGoSoftball on February 25th, 2012 at 9:43 PM

The M softball team lost the second game today 10-7 against #17 LA Lafayette.  This game had 9 lead changes.  Haylie got the start and was roughed up early.  She did not get out of the 1st inning.  Sara came on in relief and did not fare much better.  Stephanie came in to settle things down but the damage was done.

The offense came alive and garnered 10 hits.  Ashley Lane went 2 for 3 (both were bombs) and 2 runs scored with 3 RBIs.  Chiddy also went deep and went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 2 RBIs.  Even Amy boinked one.  But it was not enough.

Coach is continuing to juggle the lineup as Ashley was playing 1st and Lyndsay was playing RF.  I suspect that Amy is going to be the regular 2nd Baseman.  Chiddy and Stephanie have secured their spots at 3rd and SS respectively.  1st base is still open in my mind as Mandy is still adapting.  Ashley and Mandy have been rotating at 1B.  Colie and Bree have LF and CF locked up.  RF is a little more fluid with Lyndsay and Lauren has almost solidified the catcher position.

This loss hurts.  There is no way to make any sense out of it.  Our weakness has been hitting and our strength has been our pitching with the Freshman.  But with tonights game and the hitting was awesome, the pitching was not-so-good.  This will drop us at least 2 spots and maybe even 4 or 5. 

I am still very proud of our kids.  The Freshmen are a little unpredictable, I agree but they ARE Freshmen.  Keep up the good work ladies.  Your hard work will payoff and we have your back.  We will continue to support you regardless of your record.  Keep studying and dont let losses get to you.  The Michigan Family is 100% behind you.

SB splits today

SB splits today

Submitted by MGoSoftball on February 24th, 2012 at 9:15 PM

The Softball team split today winning 3-1 against Illinois State in the first game.  They lost in the second game 1-0 against UMass.  The team is in Clearwater this weekend.

Haylie Wagner got the win in the first game.  She gave up 1 ER on 4 hits, she struck out 8 and walked only 2.  Chiddy was the big bat today hitting a 3 run Bomb in 3 AB.  Colie went 2 for 3 and scored on Chiddys dinger.

In the second game against UMass, we could not get the bats going.  We could only muster 2 untimely hits.  Sara Driesenga took the loss.  She pitched very well though.  She gave up 1 ER on 2 hits with 2 Ks and 2BB.  Lauren Sweet was a sweet-spot in the lineup with a double.

UMass is a good team.  If everyone remembers, we had a couple of close games with them last year.  This year UMass is 4-3 so maybe they are down a little.

Overall not too disappointing, although I am sure Coach is kicking some @ss.  In close games, anything can happen.  This game was going down to the wire and the lucky team was going to win this one.....and they did.  Sometimes in softball, the best team doesnt always win.  Congrats to UMass for hanging around and getting it done.  They deserved the win today.  This will be a learning curve for us with out a doubt.

We play again tomorrow at 3:30 and 6pm.

Chidester Walk-Off HR; UM Wins 5-4

Chidester Walk-Off HR; UM Wins 5-4

Submitted by MGoSoftball on February 11th, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Amanda Chidester exploded last year.  She was an All-American selection.  This year she is on the "Watch List" along with teammates Ashley Lane and Bree Evans.  However, Chiddy has started a little slow during the first two games but she made up for all of that tonight.

Chiddy hit a walk-off HR to lead us to a 5-4 victory.  She went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 3 RBIs.  This is almost mid-season form for her.  I am so happy for her.  Ashley Lane went 2 for 3 tonight as well.

Stephanie Spiereman was in the circle tonight and Caitlan Blanchard was her battery mate.  Stephanie gave up 3 runs (2 ER) off 5 hits, 3 BB and 1K in 4.2 innings of work.  Strike outs are not Stephanie's strong point.  She is more of a low ball pitcher that gets hitters to ground out instead of over-powering hitters.

Haylie Wagner came in to calm things down as Stephanie got into a jam in the 5th inning.  Haylie gave up 1 ER on 1 hit, 2 BB and 2K in 2.1 innings of work.

It is good to see Coach mix things up a little. The outfield is set with Bree sandwiched between Lindsay and Colie.  These three also are at the top of the order with 1, 2 ,3 being Bree, Lindsay and Colie.  I would not expect Coach to tinker much with this. 

The real question is what to do at 1st base.  We have so many options with Taylor and Mandy both capable of doing a good job.  Then that leaves Ashley as DP.  This is a good situation to have but it will take a few more games to settle in.  Typically it takes about 8-10 games to get everything situated.

We finish up tomorrow in a non-league game against Penn State, who lost to La Tech and LSU thus far. 

Congrats ladies on a 3-0 record.  Dont worry about the close scores thus far, Coach is just tryint to figure out WHO we are first.

UM has 3 players on the SB pre-season Watch List

UM has 3 players on the SB pre-season Watch List

Submitted by MGoSoftball on February 6th, 2012 at 12:33 PM

The USA Softball Association released its pre-season All-American Watch List recently.  Michigan has 3 players on that list: Sr. Amanda Chidester, Sr. Bree Evans and Jr. Ashley Lane.  This is a very impressive feat for a team located in the "Snowy North".

While Cal, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas lead the way among universities with three athlete representatives each, the Big 12 Conference and the Pacific-12 (Pac-12) Conference have six member schools represented.  Northwestern (2) and Nebraska (1) are the only other B1G school that has players on the list. 

Congrats to Chiddy, Bree and Ashley.  You have made us all proud.  Keep up the good work and we look forward to seeing you starting this Friday.