# 18 Michigan vs. # 2 Alabama softball open thread

Submitted by ThadMattasagoblin on May 24th, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Two wins away from the College World Series!

Lets go Blue!



May 24th, 2012 at 7:32 PM ^

all week is how good Jackie Traina is (from a couple pitchers). Hopefully the bats can come alive, because not unlike football, Alabama has a damn good defense.


May 24th, 2012 at 7:57 PM ^

Ala bama's offense is really good; defense not so much.  They have two hitters with almost 20 HRs and 2 hitters with around 40 stolen bases.

Traina is good but she's hittable.  UM actually has more trouble with "pitchers"  - those that have lots of changes of speed, good location, drop balls, etc. One of their losses this year was to the University of South Florida.  Everyone says WTF but USF is in the sweet 16 as an unranked team vs Hofstra, another unranked team with a great pitcher (Galati).

UM needs some offense; great defense (go KP); and good pitching.


May 24th, 2012 at 8:00 PM ^

I meant pitching (as I was reaching for a comparison to football). No disagreement on the stolen bases and whatnot, that was MGB's first comment about a M/Alabama matchup, the disparity between stolen bases.


May 24th, 2012 at 8:00 PM ^

to be patient and force Trainer to throw strikes instead of swinging at bad pitches.  I will take 2 walks in the first inning to get inside her head.

If Bama scores 3 or less runs, we win.  We cannot beat them in a slugfest.

Come on ladies, lets do this.  Go Blue


May 24th, 2012 at 8:01 PM ^

Baseball Update:

Purdue offense teeing off on Ohio right now on BTN. 

Earlier, MSU sparty noed as their bullpen gave up a two run lead and Indiana came back for a 6-4 win.


May 24th, 2012 at 8:09 PM ^

early trying to get us to go after it.  Be patient Blue.


Every pitch this inning has been outside except for the change to Bree.  We need to be patient and hopefully the umpire has a small strike zone.

San Diego Mick

May 24th, 2012 at 8:12 PM ^

I like how espn advertised this match-up of these 2 schools, I guess it's a precursur for 9/1/12.

Go Blue all the way around.......damn, that was a homer she caught, good hit though


May 24th, 2012 at 8:16 PM ^

currently on the field.  That is hot as hades.


The scope shows some isolated thunderheads popping up due to all that energy.  May get some rain there during the game.


May 24th, 2012 at 8:17 PM ^

I'm trying to load that ESPN3.com website to watch the game but my AOL is very slow and is rarely capable of downloading videos.  Is there anywhere else I can watch the game?  I have 500 some channels on the television, but I can never find anything I want to see.  I have the channel numbers for ESPN, ESPN 2, and the major networks written down on a pad, but I would appreciate an exact channel number.  Can anyone help?



May 24th, 2012 at 8:59 PM ^

No, I pay for my internet, unlike the people who download it for free and cost the rest of us!  And AOL is fine for me, I don't need all the fancy additions they charge a premium for over on Comcast, bunch of customer-hating scoundrels over there.  And I prefer to buy American.



May 24th, 2012 at 8:59 PM ^

They have a DH (which they call the Designated Player--DP--for no logical reason), and unlike baseball you can DP for anybody on the field.  They choose to have pitcher Haylie Wagner bat and the DP instead hits for the catcher, Lauren Sweet.



May 24th, 2012 at 8:35 PM ^

Okay, that pitch was closer to the strike zone than what their pitcher was getting. It looks like they imported the crew that worked the Tigers-Indians series. 


May 24th, 2012 at 8:37 PM ^

This is something I've wondered for a while. If a school has an iconic helmet (that can easily be identified with "the brand") why the hell do they not use it in softball? Shouldn't M have winged batting helmets and Alabama have crimson helmets with the A on the side along with numbers and ND have gold helmets? I do not like it one bit that no schools seem to realize this (M, Alabama, Texas, ND especially).