With the many different ESPN stations and online app carrying Saturday tourney games it was hard to chose what game to watch. I decided to watch the Michigan verses James Madison one. I figured it would be a classic pitching duel and that’s just what it was as Michigan’s sophomore Meghan Beaubien went up against James Madison redshirt senior Megan Good.
The game lived up to all my expectations as it took 12 innings to be decided 1-0 in favor of Michigan in a real pitching duel. Both pitchers went the entire game with Good throwing 182 pitches and Beaubien ending up with 166 pitches in the game, both were record numbers for them.
The game winning run came in the bottom of the 12th inning when Michigan’s Madison Uden singled to left center scoring Natalie Peters.
In this era of record home runs and big final scores some people might think a game with 11 scoreless innings would be boring but nothing could have been further from the truth in this game as the tension of the importance of winning could be felt as both teams had several quality scoring chances in the game that the pitchers skillfully worked their way out of.
It was one of those games where you hate for there have to be a winner and a loser because both teams played their heart’s out going for the win with Michigan leaving 13 runners stranded on the bases with James Madison leaving 9 of theirs.