Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 8:02pm
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins will lose five seniors in her starting lineup next year.

Last Monday, James Madison upset the Michigan softball team on its own field to punch a ticket to the Super Regional. After the handshake line, the Wolverines walked off the field for one final time, heads hanging low. For all an outright Big Ten regular season championship and conference tournament title are worth, Michigan felt as though it fell short.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:52am
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins' team could not produce any offense against James Madison.

During March, April and much of May, it looked as if the Michigan softball team overcame the glaring weakness that kept it from succeeding in February.

But at the NCAA Regional, the 15th-seeded Wolverines’ inability to hit with runners on base resurfaced. And this time, it proved fatal.

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:51am
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins and her team will host this weekend's NCAA Tournament regional.

After capturing the outright Big Ten regular season championship and conference tournament title, No. 15 seed Michigan earned the right to host the NCAA Tournament double-elimination regional round. The Wolverines will welcome James Madison, DePaul and Saint Francis (Pa.) to Alumni Field this weekend. The Daily breaks down the Ann Arbor regional:

Daniel Dash, Daily Sports Writer

Predicted champion: Michigan

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 3:39pm
Senior second baseman Faith Canfield along with the other seniors have created a fun culture.

In 35 years at the helm of the Michigan softball program, coach Carol Hutchins has seen more than a few senior classes come and go.

Her program challenges all players to meet a specific set of expectations, but the task of leadership falls particularly on the seniors’ shoulders. This season, seniors Faith Canfield, Natalie Peters, Alex Sobczak, Katie Alexander and Mackenzie Nemitz have taken those expectations to an entirely new level.

When the team returned to campus from summer break in the fall, the group called for a meeting.

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 10:35pm
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins has led this team to the No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Two weeks ago, it seemed out of the cards. But after a pair of massive dominoes fell into place, the Michigan softball team was selected as one of the 16 host sites for the four-team regional round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:39pm
Presented by The Michigan Daily's sports section, a rotating cast of writers discusses Michigan sports.

Softball beat writers Akul Vijayvargiya and Daniel Dash break down Michigan's Big Ten Tournament wins over No. 9 Illinois, No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 3 Minnesota. On Saturday, the Wolverines claimed their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2015.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 5:42pm
The Michigan softball team won its first Big Ten Tournament title since 2015 on Saturday.

BLOOMINGTON — In 2016, heads hung low as the Michigan softball team walked off the field after falling to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament final.

The top-seeded Wolverines held three separate leads throughout the game, but the Golden Gophers outlasted them in a 10-inning thriller.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:33pm
Sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien limited Wisconsin's offense in Saturday's 8-3 win.

Saturday’s Big Ten Tournament semifinal matchup between the No. 1 seed Michigan softball team and No. 5 seed Wisconsin began with a star-studded battle. With a trip to the championship game at stake, the Big Ten’s 2018 Pitcher of the Year began the day with a duel against its 2019 Player of the Year.

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 5:37pm
The Big Ten's two best offenses combined for just one run on Friday afternoon.

BLOOMINGTON — Statistics suggested the game would be defined by offensive fireworks. But as postseason softball often goes, No. 1 seed Michigan’s 1-0 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal win over No. 9 seed Illinois turned into a pitching duel on Friday.

The teams entered with the conference’s two best batting averages — a pair of clips separated by just .002. Each offense also boasted top-three marks in on-base percentage and total runs scored, signaling that it could be a long day in the circle.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:28pm
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins and her team will take on the Fighting Illini Friday afternoon.

BLOOMINGTON — In each of the last two years, the Michigan softball team has been upset in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. This year, No. 9 seed Illinois will try to extend that streak.