College Women World Series (Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida Gators)
As we are starting to enjoy the heavy hitters and flame throwers in the MLB, the ladies of the collegiate softball sport was able to find a way to make their way to center stage. The #3 ranked Michigan Wolverines went up against the #1 ranked Florida Gators in front of a record breaking viewers on the ESPN network. In the best -of-3 series, The Gators were able to edge out the Wolverines 2 games to 1 with their 4-1 win on Wednesday evening. Florida was led by National Player Of The Year Lauren Haeger. If you not familiar with the senior pitcher, you better recognize when you see her because Lauren’s legacy in Women’s college softball is often to Babe Ruth. Haeger posted a ERA of 0.80 during the NCAA Tournament, a real iconic legendary MVP performance like the San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who had 0.40 ERA in last year’s World Series. In addition, she became the second player in history to accomplish the 70 home runs-70 pitching wins feat. The first to ever do it was the great Bambino himself who wore the #3 for the New York Yankees. As Haeger took her last curtain call on the mound on Wednesday, the sports nation would like to tip their hats off to the Arizona prodigy who set the bar even higher than before. The baseball and softball world would not be able to see performances like this in another 50-60 years from now. Let’s add Lauren Haeger to the mount rush more of softball greats. She’s rightfully deserving of that honor.