Other times, the wins on the record conceal the less-than-glamorous means it took to get there.
The latter was the case for the No. 17 Michigan softball team (10-1 Big Ten, 35-7 overall) on Friday when it swept a doubleheader against Rutgers (2-7, 17-21) with scores of 11-1 and 9-2. Despite the lopsided numbers on the scoreboard, both games at times seemed as if they could slip away from the Wolverines.
Everything — the field, the Alumni Band, the energy from the stands — it all transports her back to her days as a player under Michigan coach Carol Hutchins. Now, as the head coach at Eastern Michigan, she looks forward to the competition the Wolverines provide in an annual matchup between the two teams. Eighteen years after graduating, it’s still her home away from home.
On Wednesday, Gentile will return to Alumni Field, not knowing if she’ll ever be back.
After this season, her program will no longer exist.
In observance of Women’s History Month, The Daily launches a series aimed at telling the stories of female athletes, coaches and teams at the University from the perspective of the female sports writers on staff. Daily sports writer Aria Gerson continues the series with this story.
Lou Allan still gets chills thinking about it.
She stood on the podium — gold medal around her neck — watching as the flag went up and listening as The Star-Spangled Banner played.