Softball

Sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien tossed a 13-strikeout shutout against Western Michigan.

The home run was all the No. 25 Michigan softball team needed to defeat in-state foe Western Michigan (7-12), 3-0.

Sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien has been hitting her stride as a reliever as of late.

Now, after three consecutive performances without giving up an earned run as a relief pitcher, including one against then-No. 9 Louisiana State, Beaubien is scorching. She’s found her swagger as a starter. But most of all, she’s started to mold into a reliable reliever as well.

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.

Senior outfielder Natalie Peters hit the home run to send the game to a run-rule victory for Michigan.

Last Tuesday, Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins promised that her team would be “excited as hell” to play its first home series of the season.

Sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien pitched 5 shutout innings.

Players surround the plate, smiling and chanting as they eye their teammate rounding third base. Moments prior, Faith Canfield slammed the first hit of the home season over the fence past left field.

The No. 25 Michigan softball team, No. 19 Indiana, No. 21 Minnesota and No. 23 Wisconsin are primed to be the Big Ten's top competitors in the 2019 season.

The Daily breaks down the Big Ten contenders who have their eyes set on dethroning the Wolverines this spring.

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.

The Daily breaks down the Michigan softball team's 2019 roster as the Wolverines look to take their 11th Big Ten regular-season title in 12 years.

The Daily breaks down each of the Wolverines’ position groups as they aim to capitalize on a Kent State team that enters Ann Arbor mired in an eight-game losing streak.

The Michigan softball team has the opportunity to use its current mental struggles as a motivating factor.

The Wolverines head into home play with a 12-10 record, something that the Michigan coach, her players and the softball community at large aren’t accustomed to experiencing — nor could’ve predicted given the program’s precedent of dominance.

Natalia Rodriguez fondly remembers her first experience at Alumni Field last season and is excited for the home opener this weekend.

Alumni Field brings excitement, and starting its home season Thursday, the Michigan softball team needs to adjust to that energy to succeed. Though the environment the first weekend in Ann Arbor can carry some like Rodriguez, playing at home can also present new challenges — ones that the Wolverines plan to shed in favor of home-field traditions and hype.