Throwing a softball underhand is something few men have attempted. BTN host Mike Hall found out just how difficult the process was when he went to Ann Arbor last spring for some pointers from Michigan ace and All-America Jordan Taylor. As great as Taylor is in the circle, she didn’t stand a chance at helping our host. Hall tried and tried, but his motion was awkward, his delivery was inconsistent, and his fastball featured quite a loop, bringing laughter to Taylor.
Michigan’s run of dominance at the Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships was in serious doubt until the very end of the 2011 meet in Minneapolis. The Wolverines (196.600), however, finished strong on the beam and floor to edge out Penn State (196.375) and Illinois (196.075) en route to claiming their fifth straight Big Ten crown. The fact the victory was so close and that it came down down to the very end made it all the more rewarding, Michigan coach Bev Plocki said: “That makes it that much sweeter, because they did it under pressure.”