Michigan softball falls, Jabrill Peppers introduced at Cavs game, the man who hired Jim Harbaugh has a new job, and more
Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize and Blue, your favorite team.
Today is Monday, May 22, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…
Michigan’s softball season came to an end Sunday night with a 4-2 loss at No. 6 seed Washington. The Huskies took the lead on a two-run double in the sixth inning and survived Michigan’s two-on, no-out rally attempt in the bottom of the seventh to advance to the Super Regionals against Utah.
It was the second loss in as many days for the Wolverines (43-13-1) to the host team, marking the first time since 2011 that Michigan won’t play in the Super Regionals, and just the second time in the last 14 seasons.
— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) May 22, 2017
Michigan beat Fresno State, 3-1, in its opening game Friday night before losing to Washington, 12-4, in 5 innings on Saturday. RHP Megan Betsa faced just five batters in one-third of an inning before being pulled from the game. Betsa and the Wolverines bounced back to again defeat Fresno State with a 4-0 no-hitter.
Betsa was much better the second time around against Washington, even though she walked nine batters. She also struck out nine in her final collegiate game to help work out of multiple scoring situations before Washington broke the 2-2 tie in the sixth with two outs.
The Wolverines will lose just four seniors from this season’s team: Betsa, center fielder Kelly Christner, and infielders Abby Ramirez and Lindsay Montemarano.
wow what an amazing four years it's been. will forever love the University of Michigan💙
— Kelly Christner (@kelly_christner) May 22, 2017
Welcome to town
Jabrill Peppers was one of three first-round draft picks for the Cleveland Browns last month. All three attended Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals Sunday night between the Cavaliers and Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena.
Peppers was decked out in a Kyrie Irving No. 2 Cavaliers jersey and was introduced to the crowd with fellow first-round picks Myles Garrett and David Njoku, as well as hall-of-fame running back Jim Brown.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 22, 2017
Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, they played the second half like they were the Browns, blowing a 21-point lead and losing 111-108. It was their first loss in 13 playoff games dating to last season.
Report: Jim Hackett to be named Ford CEO
The man who brought Jim Harbaugh back to Michigan reportedly has been tabbed to take over the Ford Motor Co. According to Joann Muller of Forbes Magazine, Jim Hackett will be named Ford CEO on Monday, replacing Mark Fields.
Hackett was Michigan’s interim athletic director from Oct. 31, 2014, until late January 2016, when Warde Manuel was hired. During Hackett’s time as interim AD, he was instrumental in hiring Harbaugh to replace Brady Hoke following the 2014 season. He also agreed to a 15-year, $169 million deal with Nike, and extended the contracts of basketball coaches John Beilein and Kim Barnes Arico.
Jim Hackett spearheads Harbaugh hiring. Now takes over as Ford CEO. Quiet little retirement for him, huh?
— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) May 22, 2017
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- MGoBlue.com’s Steve Kornacki has the story of how much Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich appreciates senior shortstop Michael Brdar.
- Land of 10’s Sean Keeler on how former Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes learned the power of family.
- The schedule for the 2017 Gavitt Games between the Big Ten and Big East reportedly has been set.