Softball

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.

Sophomore first baseman Lou Allan had an RBI double in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.

Friday afternoon, sophomore first baseman Lou Allan stepped into the batter’s box instead of junior outfielder Haley Hoogenraad, the regular No. 8 batter.

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.

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.

Senior catcher Katie Alexander has recorded a .359 batting average over the past month.

The senior catcher is far from the most reliable batter in the lineup with an average of .279. Though slump in March put her batting average well below .200, it has been steadily rising since Michigan’s home opener.

But when she gets contact with the ball, it’s gone.

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While an early spark is definitely not out of the ordinary for Michigan, anyone who watched the Wolverines at the plate in their Friday quarterfinal game would find them unrecognizable. They got just seven hits against No. 9 seed Illinois, only one of which was translated into a run.

They needed to make a shift after the lack-luster performance.

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.

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The Wolverines hung on to defeat No. 5 seed Wisconsin, 8-3, in the semifinal game of the Big Ten Tournament. The win signaled a revival of Michigan’s offense and advances the team to the final against No. 2 seed Northwestern or No. 3 seed Minnesota, depending on the outcome of Saturday afternoon’s matchup between the powerhouse teams.

Sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien stepped in as a reliever Friday, delivering clutch strikeouts and pitches to keep Michigan in a tight quarterfinal game against Illinois.

BLOOMINGTON It was the bottom of the eighth. The No. 1 seed Michigan softball team was locked in a scoreless draw with No. 9 seed Illinois. Lexie Blair had just stepped into the batter’s box.

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.