After 33 seasons at the helm, Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins knows how to get the most out of her players.

“‘Can you attack this batter?’” said freshmen left-hander Meghan Beabuen, doing her best impersonation of Hutchins. “‘Can you do it?’”

Michigan is 42-2 against Purdue in the past 44 games between the two teams.

One wouldn’t normally associate football with softball, but coaches from both sports preach adherence to the “ground game” as a necessity to win.

Lou Allan has Olympic dreams and hopes to follow her grandmother's footsteps.

In observance of Women’s History Month, The Daily launches a series aimed at telling the stories of female athletes, coaches and teams at the University from the perspective of the female sports writers on staff. Daily sports writer Aria Gerson continues the series with this story.

Sophomore outfielder Haley Hoogenraad hit a fate-sealing grand slam in the third inning to put Michigan up 14-0.

Haley Hoogenraad's first career grand slam came thanks to all the extra work she's put in.

Freshman utility player Lou Allan says her team's enthusiasm helped them get to its 15-run win.

Thanks to a huge third inning, Michigan dominated Detroit Mercy, 15-0.

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins says Natalia Rodriguez has a "certain swag" about her.

Michigan's energy came too little too late in its loss to Iowa.

Senior right-hander Tera Blanco gave up just four hits, but still took the loss against Iowa.

Despite a late-game surge, Michigan's winning streak came to an end against Iowa.

Tera Blanco was the starting pitcher before coming in for relief.

Michigan's veterans powered the team to a 5-0 win over Central Michigan.


For the No. 17 Michigan softball team (23-6 overall), the first five innings of Wednesday’s home opener against Central Michigan — an eventual 5-0 win — seemed to be the same story ad nauseam.

Junior infielder Faith Canfield has been Michigan's most consistent offensive player this year.

Like your typical pastry shop, turnover is the name of the game for the No. 17 Michigan softball team this year.