Column: Something special tonight

Published 4:36 am Wednesday, June 8, 2005

By Staff
Make sure you get home in time to catch the womens' softball National Championship game tonight on ESPN.
Michigan fans could see something very special if the Wolverines can pull out the victory against two-time defending champion UCLA.
The College World Series is being held in Okalahoma City and has switched to a best-of-three format this year.
I applaud the NCAA for the format change.
It would have been easy to stick with the old format.
Under the old rules, UCLA would have won its third straight championship on Monday night over the No. 1 seeded Lady Wolverines.
But in a true test of a champion, the Bruins or Wolverines must win two games to claim the championship.
Michigan rebounded from a 5-0 loss to the Lady Bruins Monday night with a 5-2 win over UCLA on Tuesday.
The Lady Bruins opened up a 2-0 lead and looked to be headed to another national title when former Lakeshore standout Becky Marx crushed a two-run home run to spark a four-run inning for the Lady Wolverines.
It has been a thrill to watch Michigan try to bring home the school's first national crown.
It has been even more fun to watch someone I have personally covered performing at such a high level.
Marx was an outstanding catcher for the Lady Lancers and she has continued her stellar career at Michigan.
Michigan grabbed the No. 1 spot in the national polls back in the early spring and have maintained the ranking through the second half of the season.
This Michigan team has set records throughout this season and hopefully will top it off with a thrilling comeback win at the College World Series.
Win or lose, this is a season to remember for the Lady Wolverines and for all of us who had the pleasure of watching Marx hone her skills under the tutoring of former Dowagiac and current Lakeshore coach Denny Dock.
The disappointment of Lancer fans of losing to Dowagiac on Saturday in the district tournament surely has been replaced by the excitement of watching one of their own star on the national stage.
Tonight's coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.