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.