Rising sophomore shortstop Natalia Rodriguez made an immediate impact for the Wolverines last season

It was the work ethic and passion for the game that gave Natalia Rodriguez the opportunity to be the starting shortstop –– a work ethic and passion that can be accredited to her family.

Junior second baseman Faith Canfield contributed to the team's complacency that led to a lackluster season finish.

After turning a rough start into a bounce-back year, a disastrous finish to the regular season carried over into the postseason, leaving the team wondering: "Was it worth it?"

The Michigan softball team went through ups and downs in its 2017-2018 season.

The Michigan Daily looks over the Michigan's softball team's 2017-2018 season and highlights it encompasses.

The Michigan softball team crashed and burned, losing to Notre Dame in the NCAA Lexington Regional

Looking more like a runaway train than a softball team, Michigan fell to Notre Dame in disappointing fashion.

Junior center fielder Natalie Peters and the Wolverines struggled in their NCAA Regional loss to Notre Dame

Falling to Notre Dame 2-1 in the NCAA Regional, the curtain closed the Michigan softball team.

Freshman left-hander Meghan Beaubien found her confidence again on the mound in Michigan's win over UIC

With the season on the line, the Michigan softball team stepped up and delivered a dominant performance against University of Illinois-Chicago and it all started with one person: freshman lefty Meghan Beaubien.

Junior center fielder Natalie Peters got a late-game hit to keep Michigan alive, but it was too-little too-late

Between two evenly matched teams in Michigan and Notre Dame, it came down to who wanted it more. And as the smoke cleared and the scoreboard read 4-1, it was clear the Fighting Irish edged out the Wolverines in desire.

The Michigan softball team shoots for glory against Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament

As the Michigan softball team is set to square off against Notre Dame on Friday, the Daily breaks down the past match ups between the squads and who to watch for during the game.

Freshman sensation Meghan Beaubien was destined for greatness from an early age

Before she led the NCAA in wins as a freshman, left-handed sensation Meghan Beaubien meticulously studied the game while also honing an insatiable desire to thrive academically as well.

The Michigan softball team fell to Michigan St in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament

As the Michigan softball team was dealt an early exit in the Big Ten Tournament, it realized it had lost its most prized asset — its confidence.