SB delivers MSU a 11-2 Mercy-Rule Thumping; Wins 2nd game 8-7 for the Sweep

Submitted by MGoSoftball on April 14th, 2013 at 5:12 PM

The SB Team headed to East Lansing today for a double header.  The first game is a make up from yesterday's postponement due to cold weather.  Today, the 1st game was delayed due to a heavy snow squal in the area.  The first pitch was about 3pm as the temperature warmed slightly to 40F.

The game was close for the first 4 innings.  Then in the top of the 5th, the M bats started to warm up.  Sierra Romero continued her hot streak by going long for a Grand Slam in a 6-run inning.  We scored 3 more runs in the top of the 6th inning for the 11-2 lead.  Sparty could not do anything in the bottom of the 6th; preserving the mercy-rule win for the Good Guys.

Sierra Romero finished 1 for 1 with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored.  She received an intentional walk as well.  Ashley Lane went 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs.  Kelsey Susella went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Sara was the starting pitcher but was relieved in the 3rd by Haylie.  Sara gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits.  She struck out 4 and walked none in 3.1 innings of work.  Haylie gave up 0 runs and 1 hits.  She struck out 4 and walked none.  Haylie was credited with the win.

Michigan leads the Big Ten in team batting average.  Sierra Romero lead the Big Ten in total bases and is in the top 5 in batting average.  She leads the league in runs scored as well.  This is due primarily to Caitlin's hot bat pushing Romero home.

What a difference a year makes when we were in the middle to bottom of the Big Ten in offense.  We are 3rd overall in the league in pitching.  

MSU was 2nd in the league heading into this weekend with a 7-2 record.  This is somewhat misleading because MSU has not played ohio, Nebraska, Minny or NW yet.  I stand by my prediciton that MSU will finish in the bottom half of the Big Ten.

The second game will start shortly and I expect another mercy-rule win.  If so, this will make a mercy-rule sweep.  We have not done that in over 3 years.



April 14th, 2013 at 6:34 PM ^

M Baseball: 3-0 

M Basketball: Split 1-1

M Ice Hockey: 4-1 

M Soccer: Split 1-1

M Tennis: 1-0 

M Wrestling: 1-0 

M Swimming and Diving: 1-0 

Mens Combined vs MSU: 12 Wins, 3 Losses.

W Basketball: 1-2 

W Field Hockey: 1-0

W Gymnastics: 1-0

W Soccer: 1-0

W Softball: 2-0

W Swimming and Diving: 1-0

W Tennis: 1-0

W Volleyball: 2-1

Womens Combined vs MSU: 10 Wins, 3 Losses

Overall vs MSU: 22 Wins, 6 Losses (.786 win %)


April 14th, 2013 at 7:26 PM ^

I look at it a little differently.  I compare team by team.  So in men's sports we are 5-0-2 and women's we are 7-1.  Overall comparing team sports we are 12-1-2 against sparty.

I will dig a little deeper as there are more than 15 total varsity sports.


April 14th, 2013 at 9:28 PM ^

And yes, I avoided a few sports. Ones that didn't have any head to head meetings I didn't include. And I may have also just missed a couple.

I just used and the schedule link to each sport. 


Either way, it's looking good for the team in Maize and Blue.

Go Blue


April 15th, 2013 at 2:02 PM ^

None of this means anything because you know we cheat and we're paying players just like Ohio State and the entire SEC, while MSU remains the last bastion of fair play in college athletics.

{cue rolling eyes emoticon}


April 14th, 2013 at 6:22 PM ^

Actually, Romero was intentionally walked her first 3 at-bats; she had hit a grand slam in Friday's slug fest.  Anyway, when she cam up to bat with the bases loaded they pitched to her and she hit her grand slam.  Her next at bat, she was also intentionally walked.

However, in game 2, they are pitching to her - at least for now.

She is a stud hitter, and only a freshman.



April 14th, 2013 at 7:30 PM ^

today is tied up 7-7 going into the bottom of the 7th.  Ashley Lane hit 2 bombs, Kelsey hit one and Lawrence hit one.  Haylie started and Sara came in relief.


April 14th, 2013 at 8:46 PM ^

Coach mixed up the batting order today.  She had everyone move up a slot which put Lyndsay in the 9 hole while Colie batted Lead Off and Romero batted #2.

Michigan leads the Big Ten in Team Batting Average and third in overall Pitching.  Romero is in the top 5 in 8 offensive categories.

Sara continues to play DP when she is not pitching.  She is hitting very well.


April 14th, 2013 at 8:59 PM ^

+1 to you, Good Sir.

Softball has been the most consistant winning team on campus over the past 15 years. Coach has done a World Class job in building an empire in the softball world.

Think about it.  What Southern California young lady would want to come to AA and its lovely -20F winter days just to play a little softball?  They want to play for Coach.  She is the Bo, Joe Pa, Petino, Woody, and the Bear Bryant of college softball.