To have the success the Wolverines hoped to have, Blanco and returning players must prove that Sierra Romero’s absence is irrelevant to them, too.
The Wolverines got their record-setting sixth victory Saturday at Furman, aided by sophomore midfielder PJ Bogle’s first career hat trick in a 7-5 triumph.
The Wolverines had a chance to avenge their 2016 Women’s College World Series elimination loss to Florida State, but instead needed to settle for a tie, ultimately finishing the weekend with only one loss.
The weekend’s four games saw the team tally a total of 10 home runs from six different players.
Junior Brennan Munley, the sole returner from last year’s record-setting DMR, was joined by fifth-year senior Ned Willig, sophomore Taylor McLaughlin and senior Connor Mora this past weekend.
The Wolverines had brief stints where both the offense and defense were clicking, but they could not string together 60 minutes of consistent play.
The final match was very close for redshirt sophomore Zac Hall, and was ultimately decided on riding time in favor of NC State, pushing the final score to 23-15 in favor of the Wolfpack.
The Wolverines recorded 47 career bests and 10 new school records en route to winning their 16th Big Ten title with a total of 1,287 points.
In the final match of the day, Lin propelled the 18th-ranked Wolverines to a 4-3 victory in a thrilling third-set tiebreaker over the 15th-ranked Wildcats.
With sophomore Brent Noseworthy and senior Ian King leading the charge, Michigan earned a 15-10 win over the Titans and a 3-0 start to the season.