Well, friends, I have to admit that I may have over-rated the softball team's offense in my season preview. There's a lot of time left in the season, of course, but the offensive struggles are starting to look like a pattern, and are the main reason the team is sitting on a middling 7-6 record, with some questionable losses along the way.
In today's first game, strong pitching from Blanco (5.1 innings) and Beaubien (2) wasn't enough to overcome the total lack of run support. The Wolverine pitchers blanked Virginia Tech for 7 full innings before finally surrendering a run in the bottom of the 8th for a walk-off 1-0 loss.
Fortunately, game 2 went a little better - as one would expect against Wichita State. The Wolverines pounded the Shockers into the ground, putting up 6 runs in the first inning. All the starters except for Tera Blanco got at least 1 hit on the day, and she still managed to score a pair of runs, so it wasn't all bad for her either. Madison Uden and Aidan Falk were the stars, combining for 5 hits and 6 RBIs in the game. Beaubien pitched the first 3 innings before handing over the reins to fellow-freshman Sarah Schaefer with the game no longer in doubt. The run rule ended the game before the Wolverines would even step to the plate in the 5th inning, with a final score of 11-0.
Michigan will try to earn a winning record on the weekend with a match-up against the Texas Longhorns tomorrow at 1:30 PM, CT. The game will be shown live on the Longhorn Network.