Tuesday, June 02, 2015

2015 WCWS Championship Round -- Game 2

A little late getting home tonight, so I'm catching up. Michigan is the home team, with Haylie Wagner starting for the Maize and Blue, and Lauren Haeger for the Orange and Blue...

Michigan scores in first inning, via singles by Sierra Lawrence and Kelsey Susalla, and 1-0 Wolverines remains the score...

With Florida about to come up in the top of the fourth, ESPN announcers note that Wagner has thrown first-pitch strikes to 8 out of 11 Gator batters thus far...

A borderline hit (as opposed to an error by the shortstop) for Lauren Haeger, followed by a solid hit by Taylore Fuller give the Gators runners at first and second with one out in the top of the fourth... Nothing comes of it, though...

Aubree Munro leads off the top of the fifth for Florida with a bloop single to shallow right... Justine McLean liner caught in air by shortstop, runner doubled off first... Kelsey Stewart flies to left, ending half-inning...

Lawrence lines double to the wall with one out for Michigan in bottom of fifth... Sierra Romero grounds out sharply to short, then Lawrence tagged out trying for third... Controversy over whether Florida third-baseperson was blocking bag before receiving throw (which isn't allowed)... Umps reject UM argument...

Romero nice backhand scoop to throw out lead-off hitter at first... Kirsti Merritt bunt single, as Wolverines let ball roll, hoping it goes foul, which it doesn't... Haeger up... Weak pop-up to Romero... Merritt steals second... Fuller hard liner caught by Abby Ramirez at short to end threat...

Michigan goes quietly in bottom of sixth...

Florida down to last three outs... Bailey Castro, Taylor Schwarz, and Munro due up... One quick out on weak pop to Wagner... Strikeout... Kayli Kvistad pinch-hitting... Another K... We'll have a Game 3 tomorrow night...

Wagner with 20 innings pitched in WCWS not allowing an earned run (per ESPN): 7 tonight, 3 and 1/3 last night,  3 and 1/3 vs. LSU, and 6 and 1/3 vs. UCLA (1 unearned run in that game)... Michigan gets first win of season vs. Florida tonight after three losses (last night, plus two during season)...