Softball

In what will be considered a down year for Michigan softball, Carol Hutchins still coached her team to 43 wins and a second-place finish in the Big Ten.

The Daily looks back on a season seemingly brimming with potential, but ultimately plagued by inconsistency.

Senior right-hander Megan Betsa pitched her final collegiate game Sunday evening against Washington.

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

Senior Right Hand Pitcher Megan Betsa pitches the ball in a game against Northwestern.

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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.

Carol Hutchins coaches her team Friday against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament.

This is what happens when the standard is set higher than everyone else, when “that good” is defined differently than for most everyone else.

Carol Hutchins coaching in a game against Michigan State on April 19, 2016.

After initial disbelief and sadness of the quick exit subside comes the ultimate question on Wolverine fans’ minds.

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