Friday, July 27, 2018 - 6:01pm
Rising sophomore shortstop Natalia Rodriguez made an immediate impact for the Wolverines last season

It was the work ethic and passion for the game that gave Natalia Rodriguez the opportunity to be the starting shortstop –– a work ethic and passion that can be accredited to her family.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 8:32pm
Junior center fielder Natalie Peters and the Wolverines struggled in their NCAA Regional loss to Notre Dame

Falling to Notre Dame 2-1 in the NCAA Regional, the curtain closed the Michigan softball team.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 12:30am
Senior right-hander Tera Blanco struggled in the circle during Michigan's loss to Western Michigan

Sluggish offense and uncharacteristic pitching plagued the Michigan softball team in its 8-2 loss to Western Michigan.

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 1:43am
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins led the Wolverines to the series win over Indiana

The Michigan softball team used elite pitching and solid defense to escape Bloomington, Ind. with the series win over the Hoosiers and remain atop the Big Ten standings.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 6:40pm
Freshman left-hander Meghan Beaubien throws a near-perfect game with 11 strikeouts to shut out the Terrapins.

Michigan finishes sweep over Maryland in defensive and offensive showing as Meghan Beaubien pitched a near-perfect game and Faith Canfied remained consistent at plate.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 9:31pm
Freshman left-hander Meghan Beaubien rebounded after giving up a run in the first inning.

Meghan Beaubien didn't allow a hitter to reach base after giving up a run in the first inning.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 10:22pm
Junior centerfielder Natalie Peters' heads-up baserunning helped Michigan to a sweep of Purdue.

Throughout the course of a softball game, there are small plays that can change the outcome of the final score. Elite teams find ways to capitalize on these opportunities.

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 9:06pm

After 33 seasons at the helm, Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins knows how to get the most out of her players.

“‘Can you attack this batter?’” said freshmen left-hander Meghan Beabuen, doing her best impersonation of Hutchins. “‘Can you do it?’”

Hutchins strutted up to the circle in the top of the fifth-inning, demanding an answer from her freshman pitcher. Beaubien had just hit the first batter of the inning and fell in the count, 2-0, to the next hitter.

“She poses it as a challenge,” Beaubien said. “And I like challenges.”

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 8:28pm
Junior midfielder Brent Noseworthy scored the first goal of Michigan's win over Notre Dame.

Michigan beat its first top-five team in program history on Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 9:22pm
The Michigan softball team doesn't play many of the Big Ten's top teams this season.

The Michigan softball team came into last season ranked No. 6 in the country, and for just the second time since 2004, it failed to advance past regionals of the NCAA Tournament.

Now, riding a 16-game win streak –– longer than any win streak they had last season –– the seventeenth-ranked Wolverines are the hottest team in the Big Ten, and are playing like a team left with a sour taste in its mouth.

Through the first 12 games of the season, Michigan had a record of 6-6. Perhaps the team needed a period of adjustment after losing a slew of four-year starters.