Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:41pm

In the bottom of the fourth inning in Tuesday’s game against Central Michigan, Alex Storako found herself in a jam. 

The freshman right-hander had been pitching well all game — only surrendering two hits — and, with the No. 23 Michigan softball team (20-10) up by eight, it looked like Storako was about to complete the second shutout of her college career. That was put into question when a walk and fielding error put the Wolverines in a tough spot: two outs and bases loaded for the Chippewas.

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 7:23pm
Michigan's novice rowing team has turned many formally unfamiliar with the sport into Division I athletes -- and much more.

The current junior walked onto the novice team — for athletes that hadn’t been recruited to row — at the beginning of her freshman year. Like most of the novice rowers, she was a competitive athlete in another sport in high school. Byrd knew she couldn’t play volleyball, her first love, at a school like Michigan, but she still had an “itch to compete” after graduation. She wasn’t ready to give up being a student athlete.

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 5:50pm
Junior right-fielder Haley Hoogenraad led a defensively-sound Michigan outfield against Nebraska last weekend.

There is one clear difference between the No. 25 Michigan softball team and Nebraska: One’s outfield performed well in Sunday’s contest and one dropped the ball.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 6:42pm

With two outs and bases loaded, junior third baseman Madison Uden stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the first inning. Already, it was clear that the No. 25 Michigan softball team would have no problem getting runners on base. Uden struck out swinging, leaving three of the Wolverines stranded on base. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:41pm
Sophomore Natalia Rodriguez leads the Michigan softball team in stolen bases.

At this point in last year’s season, Rodriguez had stolen just three bases. By the end of the season, she had succeeded on 10 of just 12 attempts. She is on track to far outpace that number this season. Rodriguez sets the table for the Wolverines, who have stolen 25 bases on 30 attempts this season.

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 6:55pm
Freshman infielder Morgan Overaitis made her home debut this weekend for Michigan softball.

On Sunday, the No. 25 Michigan softball team (15-10) essentially clinched its first game of the day in the first inning — a game the Wolverines won, 18-1 — providing ample time for Hutchins to put some new faces both in the field and at bat.

The moment Michigan went up to bat Sunday afternoon, it was clear the game would be a blowout. Golden Flashes’ right-hander Andrea Scali walked the first two batters she faced — senior second baseman Faith Canfield and fellow senior outfielder Natalie Peters. The Wolverines sent both of these runners home — and eight more after that — before the inning was over.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:01pm
Senior Faith Canfield holds the highest batting average on the team.

That ball went sailing over the fence at left field, giving Michigan softball (13-10) its first home run in Ann Arbor of the season. From there, the offense couldn’t be stopped.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 8:22pm
Senior Katie Alexander was a powerhouse on offense last season, holding a batting average of .314, posting 29 runs scored and five home runs.

As errors plummeted and her batting average soared, she could have been happy with her role as starting catcher, content in being remembered — just like her high school coach — as one of the strongest catchers in Michigan’s history. Instead, she’s gone above and beyond, serving the team as a leader and mentor, on and off the field.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 8:38pm
Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins has high expectations for the Wolverines' class of freshmen.

Michigan's No. 14 recruiting class features talent all over the field, from right-hander Alex Storako to outfielder Lexie Blair.

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 9:05pm
Senior second baseman Faith Canfield and the rest of Michigan's infield is looking to develop consistency as the season kicks into gear.

While it’s easy to point to an offense yet to find its rhythm, Michigan's defense has seen its fair share of uneven performances