Softball

Senior outfielder Olivia Richvalsky hopes the Wolverines' hard work in the offseason will pay off this summer.

Even after falling just short of a Women’s College World Series title last year, the No. 2 Michigan softball team knows better than to assume past success is an indicator of future results.

Sara Driesenga improved to 5-0 this season with another strong weekend in Florida.

The Wolverines finished a perfect 4-0 on the weekend, with two wins coming against No. 13 Florida State.

Fifth-year senior right-hander Sara Driesenga is the veteran presence on a strong Michigan pitching staff.

A healthy Driesenga has No. 2 Michigan in prime position to make another deep run to the Women’s College World Series.

Olivia Richvalsky, a senior, has been one of the mentors in Michigan's "backside" program.

The program involves an upperclassman taking a freshman teammate under her wing.

Megan Betsa struck out 20 batters over 10 innings, earning two wins and a save this weekend.

Putting together a string of dominant performances, the Wolverines won four out of five games. Their lone loss came against No. 1 Florida.

Senior second baseman Sierra Romero leads a veteran group of Wolverines into the 2016 season.

As the No. 2 Michigan softball team prepares to open its season this weekend, it faces a challenge in blending the old with the new.

Carol Hutchins begins her 32nd season as Michigan softball coach on Friday.

For the Wolverines, this weekend not only marks the beginning of Hutchins’ 32nd year at the helm, but provides Michigan with an early chance at revenge.

Kelsey Susalla hit .380 with 14 home runs last season.

All three starting outfielders return from last season’s second-place finish in the Women’s College World Series.

Junior right-hander Megan Betsa will anchor the Wolverines pitching staff this season.

Though the Wolverines graduated All-American pitcher Haylie Wagner, this year’s pitching staff has the potential to be just as good, if not better.

Sara Driesenga missed most of the 2015 season with a rib injury.

While the Wolverines continued to succeed throughout the remainder of the year, Driesenga suffered a season-ending rib injury in the third week of the season.