Softball

The Michigan softball team has earned the No. 1 seed in this weekend's Big Ten Tournament

After securing the outright Big Ten title Sunday, the Michigan softball team kicks off the Big Ten Tournament with its first game on Friday. The Wolverines picked up the top seed and earned a first-round bye for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.

Senior second baseman Faith Canfield has evolved into the Wolverines' leader.

Canfield has never been the flashiest player on the diamond, but she’s always been the most consistent. During her time at Michigan, she’s tackled the challenge of stepping into Romero’s vacated role by forging her own path.

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins thinks the seniors have created a culture for success in the postseason.

Winning its conference during the regular season isn’t out of the norm for Michigan. Since 2008, the Wolverines have won outright or grabbed a share of the Big Ten every year except for one. In that same time span, Michigan has won the Big Ten Tournament only once. And if the Wolverines want to prove that they deserve home field advantage for the NCAA regional, it could very well come down to the team’s performance on a weekend that has historically been their kryptonite.

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins heads a red-hot team going into the postseason.

With Sunday’s 12-3 victory over Maryland, the No. 22 Michigan softball team clinched the outright 2019 Big Ten softball title.

Senior second baseman Faith Canfield kickstarted the offense this weekend in Michigan's sweep of Maryland.

Playing with a Big Ten regular season championship on the line, the No. 22 Michigan softball team decisively defeated Maryland 6-1 Friday.

Saturday and Sunday were no different.

Senior outfielder Natalie Peters hit a triple to put the game away for Michigan.

COLLEGE PARK — In the first inning of the No. 22 Michigan softball team's first contest in College Park, Alex Sobczak cracked a line drive single to center field to bring home senior outfielder Natalie Peters and freshman outfielder Lexie Blair.

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins has this team primed to win close games in the postseason.

Down to its last strike, Penn State needed a miracle against Meghan Beaubien in Friday night’s series opener.

The Nittany Lions’ prayers were answered.

Nineteen of Faith Canfield's family members were in attendance on Sunday.

The most special part about this senior class isn’t where they are today. It’s how they got there.

Senior first baseman Alex Sobczak played her last game at Alumni Field on Sunday.

Michigan softball’s seniors walked into Sunday’s game with their families. Honored by the program and Michigan coach Carol Hutchins, the five players received flowers, hats and recognition from their teammates and coaches.

Freshman right-hander Alex Storako has been helped by a one-pitch focus.

The difference in the Wolverines’ momentum starting Friday and Saturday’s games showed in each’s respective score, and Michigan coach Carol Hutchins attributed the impact of those early innings on final outcome to relieving pressure.