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Michigan's freshmen stepped up this weekend.

Every year, the seniors on a team graduate and the freshmen move in. And along with the normal first-year worries, freshmen athletes are sometimes expected to fill those senior gaps.
For some, it’s a crushing pressure, and they never get the chance to see the field. For Michigan softball, it hasn’t been a problem — specifically for infielder Julia Jimenez and utility player Lauren Esman.

The Michigan softball team has had to fill gaps left by last year's seniors so far this season.

As the Michigan softball team went 5-0 at the USF-Rawlings Invitational, multiple players had to step up and perform. While competing against five good teams, including then-No. 7 Florida, many players showcased their talents. Now, The Daily breaks down the weekend’s lineup.

Presented by The Michigan Daily’s sports section, a rotating cast of writers discusses Michigan sports.

Following Michigan basketballs 77-68 victory over Michigan State on Saturday, senior sports editor Ben Katz sits down with beat writers Connor Brennan and Daniel Dash to discuss the week that was for the Wolverines.

Two-time captain Lexi Funk was honored during Sunday’s Senior Appreciation Night against Ohio State.

On Sunday against Ohio State, Funk put up an impressive 9.900 on beam to increase Michigan’s lead with a stuck landing. And despite being pulled from the floor rotation after securing a team win with a season-high final score of 197.350 to preserve her health, Funk’s celebrations were far from mundane.

Senior outfielder Haley Hoogenraad notched four runs, three RBI and a .429 batting average over Michigan’s perfect 5-0 weekend at the USF-Rawlings Invitational.

With seemingly no effort, Hoogenraad drilled the ball into the right-center field gap — where it fell between the Bulldogs’ right fielder Kelsey Hall and center fielder Mckenzie Wilson. As Esman crossed home, the extra-innings were over, the game finished. Michigan 1, Fresno State 0 — the final win in the Wolverines perfect 5-0 weekend at the USF-Rawlings Invitational.

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As the runners took off for the first heat of the 800-meter finals, the Power Five Invitational came to its climax.

Junior Jonathan Liu scored a 14.100 on the high bar and stuck the landing against Ohio State this weekend.

Performing well on the road is always a challenge. That challenge is multiplied ten-fold when the opponent is an arch rival. But despite early setbacks in Columbus, the Michigan men’s gymnastics team (6-0 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) overcame a hot start from Ohio State (1-3 overall, 0-1 Big Ten), winning the rivalry meet, 409.600 - 408.500.

Senior guard Zavier Simpson returned from a suspension on Saturday.

“At the end of the day, you learn from your lessons because you gotta move forward,” Simpson said. “It’s not about what happens, it’s about how you react from it. Just gotta reflect on things, move forward and try to get out here and get a dub, which we did.”

The Michigan Marching Band surprised Henry Boyer with a private concert.

When nine-year-old Henry Boyer reached for the door in Revelli Hall, he never could have anticipated the surprise that was waiting for him on the other side — a private concert from the Michigan Marching Band.
The meeting was a long-time in the making. It all started this fall when Henry attended the Notre Dame football game at the Big House. As much as he liked watching the game, he truly fell in love with the band.

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Then, as anyone with any mild interest in the sport must do, I watched him play basketball. I watched him rise from 25-plus feet; I watched him drive the lane, knifing through four flailing help defenders; I watched him slam alley-oops and toss no-look passes; I watched him handle the ball with dizzying speed and yoyo-like control. And let me tell you: There’s not an ounce of hyperbole in these anonymous quotes and over-filtered Overtime videos.