Michigan softball’s seniors walked into Sunday’s game with their families. Honored by the program and Michigan coach Carol Hutchins, the five players received flowers, hats and recognition from their teammates and coaches.
The difference in the Wolverines’ momentum starting Friday and Saturday’s games showed in each’s respective score, and Michigan coach Carol Hutchins attributed the impact of those early innings on final outcome to relieving pressure.
Michigan softball hasn’t lost to Penn State in twelve years. On Friday, that almost changed for the Wolverines. But capped off by a walk off home run from senior third basement Madison Uden, Michigan upheld its winning streak against the Nittany Lions.
On Saturday, Michigan showed that the scoring it had discovered against Indiana hadn’t disappeared after one showing. One seventh inning later, the scoreboard flashed 9-8 in favor of the Wolverines – another narrow one-run win on the weekend.
Tuesday night, Morgan Overaitis stepped to the plate for her first at-bat in East Lansing. A substitute in the lineup, the freshman infielder replaced senior second baseman Faith Canfield, the team’s leader in runs, in the batting order. Canfield had already hit a single, double and triple in the game, giving Overaitis big shoes to fill.
Each year, the Michigan softball team plays a road game at Michigan State. And each year, coach Carol Hutchins seizes the opportunity to give her team a history lesson.
At Secchia Stadium, the right field fence is draped in a green 1976 AIAW National Champions banner. The crown, which came four years after Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendments, is the Spartans’ lone national championship.