The #2 Michigan Softball team won the second game of two critical contests today against Illinois at Urbana. The score of the second game was 9-7.
Michigan should be the #1 team in the nation with these two wins today. The #1 team, Arizona State lost on Friday so that should be enough to leap frog the Devils. #3 Texas also lost so there is no chance for the Longhorns to leap frog us. So the top 3 should be #1 Michigan, #2 Georgia, #3 Alabama or ASU. This depends on how far ASU falls in the polls.
Michigan was led by Senior Alycia Ryan. Alycia went 2 for 2 with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored (3 run HR in the first). Ashley Lane went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Bree Evans went 2 for 5 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored.
The pitching woes continued into the second game today for Stephanie Speierman. She started the game but was roughed up in the 1st. She faced three batters, gave up 2 ER and recorded only 1 out and 1 BB. Hilary Payne came in to relieve her. She pitched 4.1 innings, giving up 3 ER (2 HR) on 7 hits. She also had zero Ks and zero BB. JT came in to pitch the final 2 innings to record the save; she gave up only 1 hit, a HR in the bottom of the 7th. JT also recorded a strikeout and 0 walks.