Michigan Softball: Advance to the WCWS for the 10th time!!
The only problem they face the #1 team in the country Oklahoma, but in this double elimination format anything can happen, but a very tough opening game in which if Michigan wins makes it a little easier, but if they lose that will force Michigan to play several more games if they continue to win with the pressure of “win or go home” makes it a lot tougher.
Oklahoma is a loaded team from top to bottom and have the pitching, hitting and a very good fielding team especially with player of the year last year (2012) and a finalist this year Keilani Ricketts (Pitcher) threw her 16th shutout of the season. Ricketts secured the win and improved her record to 31-1. She struck out seven, allowed just three hits and didn’t walk a batter. In the two-game sweep, Ricketts was 2-0 with a 1.27 earned run average, struck out 20 and walked just one batter in 11.0 innings of work.
Sooners have outscored teams 59-8 so far in the postseason, including four wins via run-rule.
Going to be a tough opening game for the Wolverines. They must be able to score a couple of runs somehow and then have a great pitching performance from Sara Driesenga who is a sophomore and possible another sophomore Haylie Wagner depending on her injury … both good pitchers, but young and the pressure of the WCWS makes it tough on young pitchers and not making a mistake and knowing that a team like Oklahoma can take one mistake and turn the game into a blowout in a hurry.
One pitch at a time … and Good Luck Michigan!!
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