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wouldn't have to have a Title IX."
She added that while Title IX
became law 40 years ago, there
are still obstacles that are being
"Women's boxing is just now
becoming an Olympic sport and
I'm very excited about that," Ali
said. "I didn't have that opportu-
nity when I started boxing."
Ali also spoke about the uplift-
ing power of Title IX. Overweight
and unconfident girls can raise
their self-esteem and better them-
selves through athletics, accord-
ing to Ali.
"Life can break us down, but I
feel that sports can build us back
up," Ali said
Kathryn Olson, the CEO of
WSF, said sports can help women
grow in several aspects of life.
"We want people to under-
stand the benefit of sport for girls
and young women and I person-
ally want people to take it to the
next level and look at what sports
has done for women in terms of
leadership, education and career
growth," she said.
As a co-director of SHARP,
Katherine Babiak - a University
professor in the School of
Kinesiology - said this is
SHARP's first year in existence
and that she's was pleased with
"This conference is one of our
first big major events and initia-
tives and we're really thrilled with
the turnout," Babiak said. "Having
been involved in sport all my life
I think that it is really important
to make sure that girls and women
always have access to opportuni-
ties for sport."
'M' wins Big Ten title
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The Michigan softball seniors hoist the 2012 Big Ten Championship trophy after sweeping Purdue this weekend.
By GREG GARNO to third after consecutive singles
Daily Sports Writer by senior center-fielder Bree Evans
and sophomore left-fielder Nicole
They did it. Again. And again. Sappingfield. Chidester hit a sharp
And again. ball to the third base side, and the
And again. throw to home resulted in an error,
Despite winning the Big Ten title so Michigan scored two runs.
after their second game against Freshman right-hander Sara Dri-
Purdue, the celebration didn't begin esenga hit a sacrifice fly before Lane
until junior second baseman Ash- hit a single to make the score 5-0.
ley Lane fielded a ground ball and Knapp would finish off the scoring
tossed it to junior shortstop Amy in the inning with an RBI double
Knapp. They ran to senior pitcher and later ran home on an error.But
Hilary Payne in the circle - who the errors were a constant through-
recorded the final three outs on out the game - the teams combined
Senior Day - and Michigan coach for nine in the Saturday's first game.
Carol Hutchins came out to see "I told them that no matter what
her girls, where she was rewarded happened in that game or the sec-
with a drenching from the Gatorade and game (on Saturday), your par-
cooler. The No. 22 Michigan soft- ents are still going to love you and
ball team's fifth straight conference believe it or not, I'm still going to
championship was in the bag. love you," Hutchins said. "Just go
The Wolverines (18-5 Big Ten, out there and play and take the
39-15 overall) swept Purdue over pressure off."
the weekend, taking the first game, Michigan won the finale, head-
2-1, the second, 8-5, and the finale, lined by a five-run first inning.
8-0, in five innings. With the bases loaded, freshman
"This year was a little bit of chal- left-hander Haylie Wagner stepped
lenge," said senior first baseman up to the plate and crushed her
Amanda Chidester. "We needed to fourth home run of the season and
start fighting for (the champion- first-career grand slam. Following
ship) instead of just sitting back and Wagner, Knapp got in on the fun
waiting for it to come to us." with a solo shot to right field, forc-
The Wolverines got on the board ing Purdue to change pitchers after
in the third inning, scoring seven two-thirds of an inning.
runs off of Purdue pitcher Katie "When we let go, when we just
Hackney. All of the runs were relax and see the ball, you see what
unearned, though, following four we can do," Hutchins said. "If we
errors by the Boilermakers (13-10, can just play softball and not try to
31-22). hit, not try to win ... we're a good
The third inning began when team."
sophomore right-fielder Lyndsay Friday's game was a closer bat-
Doyle was walked. She advanced tle, but Michigan used free passes
from Purdue pitcher Lexy Moore to
In the first inning, Wagner was
hit by a pitch with the bases loaded
to score the first run of the game.
Purdue would get the run back in
the fifth, but Michigan answered in
the bottom ofthe inning when soph-
omore catcher Caitlin Blanchard hit
a sacrifice fly to score Driesenga.
Wagner controlled Purdue
throughout the game, striking out
five and holding the Boilermakers
to six hits to seal the victory. With
Wagner's two victories in the series,
she has pitched a total of217 innings
in 45 appearances this season, but
she still has more left in her arm.
"(The arm) feels fine," Wagner
said. "I just keep icing it and work-
ing it, and I just trust my arm."
With the title in hand, the Wol-
verines travel to Louisville, Kent.
in the NCAA Tournament, where
they will play away from their fans
at home for the first time since 2001.
After hosting a Regional last year,
Michigan will miss the home-field
advantage, where they lost only
three games this season.
"Our kids love playing at Alumni
Field," Hutchins said. "I think it can
be an intimidating place for oppo-
The Wolverines will first face
Kentucky on Friday, where they
will think about redemption after
being knocked out by the Wildcats
in last year's Regional.
But the Wolverines will go down
with the only goal they've had all
Monday, May 14, 2012
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Don't doubt the
t shouldn't be a surprise that with in past years.
the Michigan softball team Though those games had a
is on top of the Big Ten for negative impact on their ranking
the fifth- - Michigan dropped from 15th
consecutive to 23rd over the course of the
season. season - it was ultimately posi-
But what THOMAS tive. The Wolverines found their
is surprising Onweaknesses and adjusted. Most
is that the Softball importantly, they found out they
22nd-ranked aren't invincible.
Wolverines Michigan realized that its
will not be hosting an NCAA pitching isn't as dominant as last
Regional for the first time since year, as it replaced Team USA
2001. member Jordan Taylor with two
The reason? They didn't win freshmen. The duo of Haylie
enough games. Wagner and Sara Driesenga is
Michigan went through a one of the best in the Big Ten, but
strenuous nonconference sched- they are missing the experience
ule, playing 22 games in warm- and confidence in the circle that
weather states over the course of Taylor had.
about a month. They have improved over the
This season, Michigan faced season, though. Driesenga has
eight then-ranked teams - controlled her release and Wag-
including Florida, California and ner has learned to relax and be
Arizona - going 4-4 en route to a show confidence in the circle.
21-10 nonconference record. Neither of them can replace Tay-
But in past years, Michigan lor, but they have matured, and
has dominated nonconference it will be evident in post-season
Just last year, the Wolverines The offense has been also
went 33-2 out-of-conference, questionable at times, going for
beating then-No.6 Arizona and a season-high 16 hits against
then-No.7 Arizona State - the Ohio State then faltering against
only two ranked teams they Western Michigan in a game
faced all regular season. The where it mustered just four hits.
2010 squad was just as dominant, Michigan coach Carol
beating eight of 12 then-ranked Hutchins has emphasized the
teams in the nonconference importance of being patient at
schedule. the plate and waiting for "your
But just because the 2012 Wol- pitch" all season, but the team
verines didn't fare aswell against just wasn't listening at times.
nonconference opponents - But a new batting order has
ranked or unranked - doesn't inspired confidence and patience
mean they are any worse than in at the plate in recent games. The
years past. They may be better. Wolverines tallied 14 hits against
Don't doubt the Wolverines. Wisconsin on May 5, and had 23
When you are a part of a team total against the Boilermakers
that has known nothing but this past weekend.
dominance and are coached by These improvements -
the winningest coach in your stemmed from early losses and
school's history, you expect to setbacks this season - haven't
win. been as prevalent in past seasons,
But this year's squad found out but are what makes Michigan
that winning games isn't a given just as dangerous as they have
and that losing isn't necessarily a been in the past.
bad thing. Instead of dominating its com-
Michigan faced tough losses petition, the Wolverines are just
early in the season, dropping like everyone else - learning and
games to mid-major teams in growing from their mistakes.
Illinois State and Western Michi- And that's not a bad thing.
gan. "We're not supposed to win,"
The Wolverines also lost two Hutchins said. "We're going to
consecutive conference series to be the underdog.
Minnesota and Illinois, some- "And I can't wait to be the
thing they haven't had to deal underdog."
By David Poole