As Michigan prepares for the tournament to begin, the Daily previews the contenders, predicts a champion and a potential sleeper and offers three things to watch this week for the Wolverines.

1 hours ago
Senior right-hander Megan Betsa pitched her final collegiate game Sunday evening against Washington.
Alexis Rankin/Daily

The defeat marks Michigan's first exit in the Regional round since 2011.

Junior first baseman Jake Bivens singled in the 10th inning Saturday, and later scored the winning run.
Miguel Martinez/Daily

Michigan closed out its regular season in dramatic fashion: the Wolverines escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the ninth inning, and scored the winning run an inning later.

Senior shortstop Michael Brdar tied a career-high with four hits in his last game at Ray Fisher Stadium.
Miguel Martinez/Daily

With its lineup rediscovering its slugging ways, Michigan romped to a 11-6 victory over the Spartans.

Sophomore Kate Fahey in a match against Wisconsin March 31.
Katelyn Mulcahy/Daily

For the second straight season, the Michigan women’s tennis team battled Stanford in the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, they experienced a similar result as the year before, as they fell, 4-1.

.
Miguel Martinez/Daily

The Daily looks at the three teams Michigan may face in the Seattle Regional: No. 6-seed Washington, Fresno State and Montana.

Erik Bakich coaching his team in a game against Northern Illinois on March 19.
Aaron Baker/Daily

Michigan meets its in-state rival with plenty at stake — most importantly, a conference championship and postseason aspirations.

Senior Gina Sereno won both the 10,000 meters and the 5,000 meters at last year's Big Ten Championships, and did so again this year.
Emma Richter/Daily

The senior became just the third woman to claim conference titles in the 10,000 and 5,000 two straight years while leading Michigan to a fifth-place finish as a team.

Senior centerfielder Johnny Slater in a game against Ohio State on May 6.
Ceren Burcak Dag/Daily

With just four games left until the Big Ten Tournament, including a three-game home-and-away series against rival Michigan State, some may worry that the Wolverines are looking ahead, but Bakich assured they are far from it.

Junior first baseman Jake Bivens in a game against Central Michigan on May 9.
Miguel Martinez/Daily

Breaking out of an offensive slump, Michigan claimed an important series sweep over Purdue.

The No. 2-seeded and No. 16 Michigan baseball team heads to Bloomington, In. for the Big Ten Tournament, where the Wolverines will face the No. 7 seed Northwestern on Wednesday afternoon. 

2 hours ago

The Michigan men’s golf team continued its postseason play at the NCAA Washington Regional last week. Their season came to a premature end, however, as the Wolverines shot 886 (292-298-296) to finish in 10th place, thus missing the top five finish needed to advance to Nationals.

Senior Right Hand Pitcher Megan Betsa pitches the ball in a game against Northwestern.
Arnold Zhou/Daily

The Michigan softball team bounced back in more than one way Saturday evening.

After struggling at the plate, the Wolverines notched more hits than in their first two regional games combined. They cranked out 10 hits, with at least one in every inning but the sixth.

.
Arnold Zhou/Daily

After losing 12-4 to Washington Saturday afternoon, the Michigan softball team is one loss away from elimination.

.
Arnold Zhou/Daily

One week ago yesterday, the Michigan softball team bowed out to Michigan State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Today, it will play No. 6 Washington in hopes of moving one large step closer to a Super Regional bid.

.
Arnold Zhou/Daily

Though the Wolverines' offense struggled — Michigan collected just four hits — it garnered key at-bats at opportune times with runners in scoring position, while Betsa was dominant with her rise-ball and changeup.

Junior right-hander Ryan Nutof struck out five Thursday, but also committed two throwing errors.
Miguel Martinez/Daily

The final regular season series began Thursday afternoon for the No. 16 Michigan baseball team in East Lansing, but after a poor offensive outing and some crucial defensive mistakes, Michigan State ran away with the game and the Wolverines fell, 6-1.

Redshirt sophomore outfielder Miles Lewis set a career-high with four hits Tuesday.
Ahad Bootwala/Daily

The previous defensive slugfest, a 2-1 win in 13 innings, was put in the past, and the Wolverines rallied for a 12-4 victory.

Senior Steven Bastien won the Big Ten Championship in the decathlon, becoming just the second Wolverine ever to do so.
Emma Richter/Daily

Michigan's eighth-place team finish was sparked by Bastien's decathlon title, and a school-record breaking performance from Ellis in the hammer throw.

The 2017 NCAA Softball Tournament selection show was held Sunday night, revealing the 64 teams that will have the opportunity to vie for a national title.