SpikeFan2016

May 14th, 2016 at 9:17 PM ^

They are very solid. 

Ranked #22 nationally. Only other Big Ten that's regularly in the top 25. 

Beat us in the 2014 B1G tournament finals. 

 

Minnesota will be a #2 seed in whatever Regional they are in. So they will be as good as the best competition we will face in the first weekend of NCAAs

Perkis-Size Me

May 14th, 2016 at 8:44 PM ^

So is Minnesota a tuneup for the regional / CWS?

Not knocking Minnesota, but I'm assuming (whether right or wrong) that anyone in the Big Ten is a tuneup for Michigan before the regional.

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Wolvie3758

May 14th, 2016 at 8:53 PM ^

ace pitcher and power bats..This is going to be a tight game...no cakewalk here..Its not like we ran away with the regular season.  we had a one game lead in the loss column and they had one rainout....dont expect a easy game....its a neutral field but it looks like we have a clear crowd advantage..that helps...Just need Romero to wake up and Id start Sarah and see if we can get 3 good innings out of her and if she gets in trouble bring back Betsa...Against Nebraska game 2 she struggled got yanked but put back in later and was LIGHTS OUT...she needs to get MAD!...remember Nikki Nemitz? Jordan Taylor? or Wagner...they get pissed and you could tell and theyd become absolute bulldogs..Thats what Betsa needs

Alton

May 14th, 2016 at 8:58 PM ^

Minnesota is #22 RPI, so probably better than any team that will be sent to our regional, but not as good as our likely super-regional opponent.  #22 is a long way from #16, but if Minnesota wins they do have an outside shot at hosting a regional. 

Minnesota's numbers aren't that much worse than Michigan's in-conference.  Runs scored per game:  Michigan 8.5, Minnesota 8.0.  Runs allowed per game:  Michigan 2.1, Minnesota 2.5.

In other conference tournament action, Valparaiso pulled off several upsets to win the Horizon League tournament despite their 18-32 record; they will almost certainly be the #4 seed in Michigan's regional.

Wolverine Devotee

May 14th, 2016 at 8:53 PM ^

Michigan just beat PSU in the B1G Tournament Semifinals.

Went up 4-0 on a Susalla RBI single, a Blanco 2-run shot and an Aidan Falk homer right after Blanco's. 

PSU scored their 1 run on a bases loaded walk. Betsa was pulled after that, which was a blessing in disguise as she's only pitched 6 innings this weekend and is plenty rested. 

Michigan would tack on two more runs on RBIs by Monte and Si-Lo to go up 6-1. 

Never were in any danger of this becoming a  game. PSU only had 3 hits and their loudmouth fans were screaming over essentially nothing as they did nothing offensively. 

Michigan is now 46-4 and will face Minnesota in the B1G Tournament Championship.

Michigan has not played Minnesota this year. Minnesota's 3 losses in conference play were a 10-2 walloping from Northwestern and two losses to Wisconsin at home in the same day during a doubleheader. Minnesota's tournament games were a 2-0 win over crappy Illinois and an 8-4 win over Northwestern where neither pitcher played well. 

Alton

May 14th, 2016 at 9:12 PM ^

Especially during the post-season, it's not uncommon to see a pitcher throw 14 innings in a day.  For the most part it isn't done during the regular season, though.

During Michigan's championship run in 2005, Jenny Ritter (now the color announcer for the BTN) pitched 10 innings on Sunday, 12 on Monday, 7 on Tuesday and 10 on Wednesday--that's 39 innings in 4 days.

 

Beat 'Em

May 14th, 2016 at 9:36 PM ^

I'm fairly new to softball, so I'm wondering if it is common on broadcasts to have the background noise on the field be so prominent? I enjoy watching these athletes compete, but it feels like the chanting and cheering is drowning out the announcers.