Softball

Junior right fielder Haley Hoogenraad hit a grand slam on Friday.

Michigan swept Nebraska, Rutgers and Indiana en route to a 9-0 record to begin Big Ten play. During this start, the Wolverines posted a batting average of .315 and plated more than seven runs per game. But Hoogenraad and Alexander — the seventh and eighth batters in Michigan coach Carol Hutchins’ lineup — didn’t partake in the hit parade. The duo posted an average of just .220, while the first four hitters in the lineup combined for a .396 clip.

But in Columbus, Hoogenraad and Alexander flipped the switch.

The Michigan softball team kicks off a seven-game road trek with a three-game series at Ohio State and a single game at Michigan State.

And it’s not just a single matchup away from home. First, the Wolverines will head to Columbus for a weekend series before traveling to East Lansing for a Tuesday-night standoff against the Spartans.

After a slow start to the season, Senior Natalie Peters has found a groove of late .

In the past month, Peters has put any questions of whether she peaked as a sophomore to rest.

The Michigan softball team's offense needs consistency for a deep postseason run.

The Wolverines have made it clear they’ve found the offensive power to carry them through the rest of Big Ten play — a conference in a historic downturn — but with the postseason less than a month away, that might not be enough.

.

Up 4-2 in the third inning of Sunday's slate against Indiana, the Michigan softball team entered a lull. Sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien took over for freshman right-hander Alex Storako in the circle, and the Hoosiers started to score. With two consecutive batters reaching base for Indiana, a player hit by a pitch and a walk, the Wolverines scrambled.

The result wasn’t pretty.

Senior first baseman Alex Sobczak had three runs, two hits and three RBI in Sunday's contest against Indiana.

In Friday and Saturday’s contests, the Wolverines failed to get on the board until the third inning in both games, registering just seven runs over two days.

But, also like many of the Wolverines’ games, all Michigan needed was a spark.

The Michigan softball team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to secure a 7-6 comeback win over Indiana.

One crack of a bat and the game ended. Wrapping up the weekend sweep over a strong Hoosiers team, the senior swatted a double into right field, and the stadium erupted.

Senior MacKenzie Nemitz drove home the game-winning RBI against Indiana on Sunday.

Facing a 3-2 count with two runners on base, senior MacKenzie Nemitz swung hard, finding a gap between center and right field that propelled the Wolverines to a 7-6 walk-off victory over Indiana.

Freshman right-hander Alex Storako set the tone right away for the Michigan pitching staff.

Freshman right-hander Alex Storako set the tone right away for the Michigan pitching staff, striking out eight Indiana batters in 3.2 innings en route to a 3-2 victory for the No. 23 Wolverines (26-10) over Indiana (28-12).

.

With two outs on the board in the last inning of the game, sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien threw two pitches straight into the center of the batters box. The third ended up in the dirt, but that didn’t matter in the end as the Indiana batter had already started her swing.

With that, Beaubien was able to start and end the game with a strikeout.

The No. 23 Michigan softball team (24-10) defeated Indiana (28-10) 4-0 in the first game of this weekend’s series.