- The Michigan softball team lost its first home game since 2008 last night. Pitcher Jordan Taylor only gave up one earned run during the game, but Tennessee capitalized on a few Michigan mistakes and ended up winning 5-0. The Wolverines only managed one hit during the game, breaking up the near no-hitter in the seventh and final inning. To advance to the College World Series, Michigan will have to win twice today. Game two of the series gets underway at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU. If Michigan wins and forces a third and deciding game, it will start around 7 p.m. and be shown on ESPN2.
- Bree Evans, who’s had enough injury problems to deal with, hurt her right arm last night when a foul ball hit her in the dugout. Evans was on the ground for a few minutes before going to the clubhouse. She did come back out to Michigan’s dugout with her right arm in a sling, but there’s no word on how bad Evans’ injury is (she was supposed to get x-rays last night).
- The baseball team opened the Big Ten tournament with an 18-4 win over Iowa.
- MVictors took a look at where Bill Martin fits into this whole CARA forms mess.
- Get well soon, JoePa.
- The Michigan club lacrosse team won its third-straight MCLA title on Saturday, downing Arizona State 12-11 in the championship game. It certainly seems like it’s only a matter of time until lacrosse gets bumped up to the varsity level, but I just hope it happens sooner rather than later.
- Michigan was trailing Northwestern in baseball 14-0 yesterday after only 2.5 innings. The bad news obviously was that Michigan played so bad that it was down 14-0, but the good news was that it had plenty of time to get back into the game, and that is exactly what they did. Michigan slowly but surely chipped away at the 14-run deficit and eventually tied the game on a 2-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, Mike Dufek hit a walk-off home run to give Michigan the unbelievable 15-14 victory and to keep Michigan near the top of the Big Ten standings with one week left to play. This was such a ridiculous game that it made SportsCenter, which isn’t too surprising considering teams don’t often come back from 14-run deficits and win on a walk-off homer.
- The softball team received the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and will be hosting a regional this weekend.
- MGoBlue put together a piece on softball’s Bree Evans, who was seriously injured during a game last October but is once again healthy and playing for Michigan.
- Michigan’s game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is going to be at Clemson on Tuesday, November 30.
- Gil Brandt, the former longtime VP of player personnel for the Cowboys, said that whatever Rich Rodriguez told scouts about Morgan Trent was not why Trent dropped to the sixth round. In fact, Brandt gave his own scouting report on Trent and explained exactly why the former Wolverine was only a sixth-round pick.
- Mike Hart doesn’t regret using the phrase “little brother” to describe Michigan State after Michigan won the rivalry game in 2007.
- If he could do it over again, Drew Henson would have stayed for his senior season at Michigan instead of signing with the Yankees.
- Marvin Robinson is going to join the football team at some point in the next couple of weeks.
- Johnny Sears has signed with the Bengals.
- Dayeesha Hollins has left the women’s basketball team and is going to transfer somewhere closer to home.
- Isaiah Sykes ended up deciding to play college basketball at Central Florida.
- There may be some rule changes coming to NCAA hockey.
- MVictors has a good post examining what exactly went down between Bo Schembechler and Ernie Harwell during that whole saga in the early 90s.
- Purdue reinstated Justin Siller, the quarterback who torched Michigan in 2008.
- Martavious Odoms is probable for tomorrow’s game against Illinois. Zac Johnson and David Molk are listed as out. It seems like this week’s injury report isn’t completely accurate, because Brandon Minor is definitely banged up and was limited in practice earlier this week.
- This week’s captains are Kevin Grady, Greg Mathews, Tim McAvoy, and Brandon Graham.
- Mike Patrick and Craig James will be the announcers for tomorrow’s Michigan-Illinois game.
- Adrian Witty still wants to come to Michigan, and if he qualifies, you can bet he will join the team.
- The AP and USA Today preseason basketball polls were released on Thursday, and Michigan is ranked 15th in both. Six Big Ten teams are ranked in the AP top 25 and five are in the USA Today top 25, showing just how tough the conference will be this coming season.
- This is actually the first time in 12 seasons that Michigan is ranked at all in a preseason poll.
- Manny Harris was selected to the All-Big Ten preseason team.
- Harris is dealing with a nagging hamstring injury.
- Jordan Morgan has already returned to practice and is close to going full speed.
- Michigan is going to scrimmage at Eastern Michigan on Sunday.
- Crisler Arena’s seating chart has been updated to reflect the changes to the student section.
- John Beilein shared his hopes for Michigan’s new athletic director.
- Check out UM Hoops and Maize & Blog for observations from last Saturday’s open practice.
- Softball player Bree Evans was released from the hospital a couple weeks ago.
The softball team’s first home game (against Michigan State) of the brief fall schedule was cut short last night after outfielder Bree Evans suffered a serious injury during a collision at home plate. It sounds like it was a very scary scene at Alumni Field that ended with Evans being taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Here are more details from Craig Ross, who was at the game (via mgoblog):
Michigan scored 3 runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up, 3 – 0, but then Bree Evans tried to score from third and slid head first into the MSU catcher, probably hitting her head on the bottom of the catcher’s shin guards, something just about the top of the shoe, you could hear the impact. Evans appeared to be knocked out cold, and she lay there, face straight down, for a good 20 minutes, not moving at all. at long last, an ambulance arrived and drove right onto the field, they rolled Evans over, stabilized her neck, put her on a back board, and took her away to the hospital.
The game was called after Evans was taken away in the ambulance, as it would have been impossible to suddenly start playing again after seeing a teammate or opponent down for that long.
Evans is listed as being in serious condition at the U-M Hospital, so my thoughts and prayers go out to her, her family, and the Michigan softball program. Here’s to hoping she makes a full recovery.