Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 7:52pm
Jessical Schoonbee's year of Olympic hopes ends at home

In another reality, Jess would be finishing up her finals in Ann Arbor and gearing up for another Big Ten Championship. Or she’d be ramping up her practice schedule for the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Switzerland. Instead, she finishes her peanut butter toast and sits down at her computer. When she’s done with her school work, she tries to keep herself occupied, spending time with her family and running — she even dyed her own hair a couple weeks ago.

That’s the routine she’s developed since getting home to Johannesburg in the middle of March, when her rowing career, her Olympic dreams and her life were put on pause because of COVID-19.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:17pm
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In 2019, the team came back to Ann Arbor from their weeks on the road with a cumulative batting average of .237. This year, Michigan returns for its home opener hitting just above .222 since the end of its hot streak on Feb. 22.
Both seasons, the Wolverines dropped several unranked matchups — Louisville, Stanford and South Dakota in 2019 and Iowa State, Liberty and Loyola Marymount in 2020.
But if Michigan continues to follow last year’s trajectory, its saving grace may be just around the corner: the first home game of the season.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 10:28pm
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When it’s 8 a.m. and freezing cold, there’s one person Donny Dreher can count on to be in the stands of a weekend tournament: Michigan coach Carol Hutchins. 

Some college coaches don’t come out until 11:00 or noon, but when Hutchins is recruiting a player, she’s there for the first game. She wants all the information she can get. 

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 12:21am
Junior pitcher Meghan Beaubien let up two and three hits, respectively, in two starts this weekend.

The Michigan softball team won just two of five games at this weekend’s Judi Garman Classic. The Wolverines had a rocky start to the weekend, falling to Loyola Marymount on Friday and No. 13. Texas on Saturday before picking up a win against No. 25 Texas Tech later that afternoon.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 7:17pm
The Michigan softball team has struggled to find offensive production, hitting just six home runs on the season.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what plagued the Michigan softball team’s offense at last weekend’s Gamecock Invitational. 

Despite coming in undefeated, the Wolverines limped home with a 1-3 record on the tournament, scoring more than one run just once in four games.

It’s hard to know exactly why, but Michigan coach Carol Hutchins has some ideas. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 5:43pm
Graduate student attacker Rocco Sutherland and the men’s lacrosse team fell 14-12 against Merrimack largely due to costly turnovers.

In the fourth quarter of a back-and-forth match against Merrimack, the Michigan men’s lacrosse team mustered up an opportunity to tie the game. 

The Wolverines had the ball within feet of the Warriors’ goal. They were close, but with a momentum-shifting goal right in front of them, a slightly overshot pass by midfielder Josh Zawada ended Michigan’s hopes as it sailed out of bounds.

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 4:19pm
Senior outfielder Haley Hoogenraad is hitting .458 on the season.

Michigan softball is starting off the season with a 9-0 record, including three wins against ranked opponents: one over No. 7 Florida and two against No. 25 North Carolina. And Michigan hasn’t been squeaking by — six of its nine games have been won by a margin of four or more, including a six-inning run rule over the Gators due to increased offensive consistency.

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 9:43pm
This weekend in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, senior infielder Madison Uden started at third for three of the weekend's four games, but the Michigan softball team's lineup is still not set.

The roster is filled with names of players ready to battle it out for one of the nine spots in the lineup. At the beginning of the season, Michigan coach Carol Hutchins said she was waiting to see who would take advantage of their opportunities — who would prove they deserved a spot. It’s still early. There’s still plenty of time for players to show what they’re made of. The constant lineup switches can be read to mean she’s still waiting for that moment. Or they could be read as a measure of the team’s depth.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 6:15pm
Junior third baseman Lou Allan played in MIchigan's opening weekend for the first time in her college career.

Lou Allan wasted no time in Friday’s season opener. With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, the junior third baseman fired a ball deep into the right of center field and took off. 

It was the Wolverines’ first hit of the season and — after another big swing from sophomore infielder Morgan Overaitis — she scored the first run. 

But for Allan, it represented another first: The first time in her career that she’s been able to play in Michigan softball’s opening weekend. She spent most of last season in the dugout, recovering from a knee injury. 

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 7:46pm
Paul Juda had a score of 14.300 this weekend on the high bar, one of three first place finishes for him

Ultimately, solid performances like Juda’s led the fourth-ranked Wolverines’ (8-0) triumph over No. 19 Northern Illinois (0-7) and the University of Illinois-Chicago (2-8) with a total score of 413.400. The Wolverines won the meet by 55.450 points, with UIC taking second (357.950) and NIU in third (271.700).