BLOOMINGTON — In the quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament, the Michigan softball team found itself in a battle of the defenses. 

The top seeded Wolverines (40-11 overall, 22-1 Big Ten) edged out No. 9 seed Illinois 1-0 (32-21, 9-14), 1-0 in extra innings. 

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.

Freshman right hander Alex Storako has elevated her play in time for the postseason.

After spending most of the season as the Michigan softball team’s second pitcher, Alex Storako couldn’t have picked a better time to elevate her game.

The Michigan softball team has earned the No. 1 seed in this weekend's Big Ten Tournament

After securing the outright Big Ten title Sunday, the Michigan softball team kicks off the Big Ten Tournament with its first game on Friday. The Wolverines picked up the top seed and earned a first-round bye for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.

Senior second baseman Faith Canfield has evolved into the Wolverines' leader.

Canfield has never been the flashiest player on the diamond, but she’s always been the most consistent. During her time at Michigan, she’s tackled the challenge of stepping into Romero’s vacated role by forging her own path.

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins heads a red-hot team going into the postseason.

With Sunday’s 12-3 victory over Maryland, the No. 22 Michigan softball team clinched the outright 2019 Big Ten softball title.

Senior second baseman Faith Canfield kickstarted the offense this weekend in Michigan's sweep of Maryland.

Playing with a Big Ten regular season championship on the line, the No. 22 Michigan softball team decisively defeated Maryland 6-1 Friday.

Saturday and Sunday were no different.

Senior outfielder Natalie Peters hit a triple to put the game away for Michigan.

COLLEGE PARK — In the first inning of the No. 22 Michigan softball team's first contest in College Park, Alex Sobczak cracked a line drive single to center field to bring home senior outfielder Natalie Peters and freshman outfielder Lexie Blair.

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins has this team primed to win close games in the postseason.

Down to its last strike, Penn State needed a miracle against Meghan Beaubien in Friday night’s series opener.

The Nittany Lions’ prayers were answered.

Nineteen of Faith Canfield's family members were in attendance on Sunday.

The most special part about this senior class isn’t where they are today. It’s how they got there.