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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Michigan reigns as conference champs, sweeping Penn State

BY KEVIN SANTO

The No. 3 Michigan softball team captured a share its eighth-consecutive Big Ten title on Saturday. And on Sunday against Penn State, the Wolverines left no doubt that they deserved their position at the top of the conference.

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Despite pitchers' duel Sunday, explosive offenses on display for Michigan, Iowa

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BY BEN FIDELMAN

Combining for 36 runs through the first 18 innings of the series, both teams significantly outscored their average team outputs.

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Wolverines start with defense, end with hitting to defeat Penn State and clinch Big Ten season title

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY CHRIS CROWDER

No. 3 Michigan (20-2 Big Ten, 47-6 overall) didn’t only show prowess with the glove, but in every facet of the game, defeating Penn State, 9-1 to secure its eighth-consecutive Big Ten regular season title.

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Funchess, Clark taken in the second round of NFL draft

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BY ZACH SHAW

Ex-Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess was selected with the 41st pick by the Carolina Panthers. Former teammate and defensive end Frank Clark was selected by the Seattle Seahawks 63rd overall.

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Jaylen Brown passes up offer from Michigan, picks California

Allison Farrand/Daily

BY LEV FACHER

With four-star guard Kenny Williams reported to no longer be considering the Wolverines, Brown’s commitment to the Golden Bears likely puts an end to Michigan coach John Beilein’s recruiting for the Class of 2015.

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Michigan women's lacrosse season ends to No. 9 Northwestern, but not without a fight

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BY KATIE CONKLIN

The Michigan women’s lacrosse team travelled to Piscataway, New Jersey for the quarterfinals of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament, knowing that it very well could be its last game of the season

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Michigan Softball Academy aids in the fight against cancer

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BY TYLER SCOTT

In partnership with the American Cancer Society, Michigan will host the sixth-annual Michigan Softball Academy on Thursday.

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Underclassmen maximizing Michigan's potential

Luna Anna Archey/Daily

BY KEVIN SANTO

As the season has worn on, a number of underclassmen have exceeded expectations, making the championship aspirations a legitimate possibility.

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Hatch, Beilein discuss rationale for scholarship reclassification

Teresa Mathew/Daily

BY LEV FACHER

“My goal is not to be normal,” Hatch said Monday afternoon. “I don’t want to be average.”

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After six straight regular-season titles, women's tennis finally wins Big Ten Tournament

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BY LELAND MITCHINSON

After five years of winning the Big Ten regular season title but failing to bring home Big Ten Tournament honors, the No. 12 Michigan women’s tennis team finally completed the conference title sweep with a 4-0 win over No. 18 Ohio State Sunday.

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No. 16 Iowa hands Michigan first series loss since March

BY BEN FIDELMAN

The Michigan bats were largely quiet, and the team failed to have a runner reach third base all afternoon.

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Wagner stays focused in final regular season start

BY TYLER SCOTT

On the day an earthquake shook parts of Ann Arbor, Wagner never wavered.

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Two-time captain, former linebacker Ryan taken by Packers in fourth round of NFL Draft

BY ZACH SHAW

Two-time captain and 2014 first-team All-Big Ten linebacker Jake Ryan was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round with the 129th overall pick.

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Baseball drops series opener to No. 16 Iowa

BY NATHANIEL CLARK

In a week where Wolverine students were tasked with final exams, the Michigan baseball team faced a formidable test of its own.

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Softball hits way to victory in Penn State series opener

BY TED JANES

Betsa flirted with a no-hitter all the way through the fifth inning, until Penn State’s lead-off hitter Lexi Kneif connected on a low pitch, driving a single to center field. While Betsa shut out the Nittany Lions, it was not her best outing. She walked five batters despite throwing a one-hitter.

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Fueled by eggplant parmesan, softball closes in on school home run record

BY CHRIS CROWDER

Going into Friday’s game, the No. 3 Michigan softball team led the country in home runs with 95. Oklahoma was in second, not far behind with 93 homers. Michigan extended its lead with three home runs on Friday in a 8-0 win over Penn State.

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Hawkeye's view: Iowa beat writer breaks down upcoming series against Michigan

BY BEN FIDELMAN

In advance of the showdown in Ann Arbor this weekend between the Michigan and Iowa baseball teams, The Daily had the chance to talk to Ian Murphy, who covers the Hawkeyes for the Daily Iowan.

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Sweet gives catcher's perspective on Betsa's third career no-hitter

BY CHRIS CROWDER

When senior catcher Lauren Sweet caught sophomore pitcher Megan Betsa’s second no-hitter of the season on Sunday, Sweet didn’t know until the end of the game that Betsa made history.

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Hatch granted medical exemption, freeing 13th scholarship for 2015-16

BY LEV FACHER

Austin Hatch has been granted a medical exemption by the Big Ten and will be classified as an undergraduate student assistant for the remainder of his career, the Michigan men’s basketball program announced Monday.

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Wolverines roll through Maryland to sweep series

BY TED JANES

The first two games of the weekend concluded in a dominating fashion, as Michigan rolled to 8-0 and 10-2 mercy-rule victories.

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