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MSU Ends UofM Streaks: 5-4 BTT Softball Win
May 12th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Michigan State University ended its 19-game winless streak against the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a come from behind 5-4 victory in the Quarter Final of the 2017 B1G Women’s Softball Championship. The loss was UofM’s first at home in 39 straight contests.  The victory against the female skunkbears was it first in Ann Arbor since the 2009 season.

As yesterday’s victory against Indiana (not to be confused with neighboring Illinois) the Spartan’s used a late rally to take lead and then close out the game with defensive shutout in the 7th.

Bridgette Rainey (15-8) earned her 2nd victory in two days both in relief.  Lea Foerster lead MSU of the offensive end going 3-3 with 2 RBI.  However, Senior 1st baseman Sarah Gutnecht walked three times to keep rally’s alive.

MSU advances to the BTT Semi Final against the winner of the Illinois vs. tOSU contest.

The boxscore is [here].


13 Responses  
  • USMC Retired writes:
    May 12th, 20175:09 pmat

    Came back in the 7th from 4-2. Scored 3 in the top of the 7th for the win – bet they are glad they don’t have Ausmus bringing in FRod or whatever he used to be called

    • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
      May 12th, 20175:33 pmat

      He is now called The Opener

  • JerseyJohn writes:
    May 12th, 20175:46 pmat

    way to go! I wonder if their softball fans will conjure up some excuse like they do in every other sport.

    • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
      May 12th, 20175:51 pmat

      already in place (see below) I must have been writing my comment when you posted yours.

      • JerseyJohn writes:
        May 12th, 20175:56 pmat

        what a surprise. like when we beat them in hockey this year the freep attributed it to their injured goalie.

  • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
    May 12th, 20175:49 pmat

    Pretty impressive comeback.

    UofM’s ace Megan Betsa and skunkbear coaches seemed to be complaining about balls & strikes the entire game. It looked and sounded like a Whiner’s Convention.

    The umpire – in my opinion – had a consistent strike-zone for both teams for all 7 innings. Was it smaller and more exacting than others? Yes, but no obvious Balls were called Strikes.

  • JerseyJohn writes:
    May 12th, 20175:50 pmat

    quote from new JUCO graduate Jayru Campbell, “I ain’t walk in high school. never thought i’d succeed in college”

    • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
      May 13th, 20171:03 amat

      Campbell’s climb out of the enormous (self-built) hole is pretty remarkable. Even though he is the leader of a National Champion in Football, I am more impressed with Jayru’s graduation from school and his excitement about it.

      • USMC Retired writes:
        May 13th, 20173:48 amat

        With the present climate in EL, however, I’m not sure signing him would be a wise move

        Interesting the girls in Arrogant Arbor wee complaining about referees – it’s always something with them isn’t it. Only words that fit are ‘an attitude of entitlement’ which goes beyond even arrogance

        • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
          May 13th, 20178:09 amat

          Betsa was doing the “smerky laugh with pursed lips while shaking her head in disbelief and then looking to bench and the crowd as if to say I am so good but this umpire just does not know a good pitch when he sees one.”

          • USMC Retired writes:
            May 13th, 20179:34 amat

            If she pitched like that in the next game, let’s hope she gets the same results. When pitchers in either sport complain like this little muffin top, to me it means that they are truly entitled individuals and how dare anyone not agree with them. (if you can’t adjust to the umpire, you are just not a very good pitcher has been an adage that’s been around since the turn of the last Century)

  • USMC Retired writes:
    May 13th, 20174:10 amat

    Sure am glad the GM signed Zimmerman to that huge contract – how about anyone else? Show we send thank you cards? Oh and one again after the hitters to their jobs one night, they fail the next. I’m afraid the old vets are just old

    • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
      May 13th, 20178:00 amat

      The good news is that from a tax perspective they can utilize the Accelerated Cost Recovery Depreciation Method and depreciate the entire cost of the Zimmerman contract from years to this season. If tax reform is passed before the year is over, perhaps The Tigers can get an instant write down rebate.


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