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.

Freshman left-hander Meghan Beaubien struggled in Michigan's loss to Michigan St in the Big Ten Tournament

After Michigan St solved the complexities of freshman left-hander Meghan Beaubien, it was game over. Michigan would fall to the Spartans 7-0 in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal for the second year in a row.

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins looks to lead the Wolverines over the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament

The No. 16 Michigan softball team looks to erase last year's demons and defeat Michigan St in the Quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament.

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins looks to lead her team to a Big Ten Tournament championship

While Michigan is favored to win the Big Ten Tournament this season after clinching the regular season championship, it will face some tough competition along the way.

Freshman left-hander Meghan Beaubien highlights Michigan's All-Big Ten selections

Many Wolverines found themselves on the Big Ten's all-conference teams, but perhaps none more deserved than freshman left-hander and pitching superstar Meghan Beaubien.

The Michigan softball team secured their third and final Big Ten regular season championship on Saturday

For a senior class that has already garnered two Big Ten regular season championships, the third has felt the most special because it was their own.