Softball

Alex Storako earned her 12th win of the season as Michigan beat Penn State, 8-0.

Canfield’s eighth homer of the season gave the Wolverines an early jolt, eventually propelling them to an 8-0 run-rule victory over the Nittany Lions.

Madison Uden hit a walk-off home run as Michigan beat Penn State, 6-5

Michigan softball hasn’t lost to Penn State in twelve years. On Friday, that almost changed for the Wolverines. But capped off by a walk off home run from senior third basement Madison Uden, Michigan upheld its winning streak against the Nittany Lions.

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Senior designated player Kenzie Nemitz kicked off her final homestand in style and powered the No. 22 Michigan softball team to a 16-1 run-rule victory over Michigan State.

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Different years require different All-American standards, and Blair plays a very different position than Canfield and Romero. But what these stat lines do show is that Blair has the potential to be the future of Michigan softball.

The Michigan softball team beat Illinois, 9-8, on Saturday thanks to a four-run seventh inning comeback.

On Saturday, Michigan showed that the scoring it had discovered against Indiana hadn’t disappeared after one showing. One seventh inning later, the scoreboard flashed 9-8 in favor of the Wolverines – another narrow one-run win on the weekend.

Senior second baseman Faith Canfield helped the Michigan softball team to a series sweep at Illinois despite the Wolverines' lackluster pitching.

Any good team needs players to step up when others aren’t at their best. 

Senior catcher Katie Alexander is tied for the Wolverines' lead in home runs, providing an important power dimension for Michigan's offense.

To say Katie Alexander has had a power surge is an understatement.

In the past week, the Michigan’s senior catcher has fired four balls out of the park, doubling her home run total from four to eight.

Morgan Overaitis hit her first home run of her collegiate career Tuesday.

Tuesday night, Morgan Overaitis stepped to the plate for her first at-bat in East Lansing. A substitute in the lineup, the freshman infielder replaced senior second baseman Faith Canfield, the team’s leader in runs, in the batting order. Canfield had already hit a single, double and triple in the game, giving Overaitis big shoes to fill.

And the cleats fit to a tee.

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins contributed to the championship banner that hangs in Michigan State's outfield.

Each year, the Michigan softball team plays a road game at Michigan State. And each year, coach Carol Hutchins seizes the opportunity to give her team a history lesson.

At Secchia Stadium, the right field fence is draped in a green 1976 AIAW National Champions banner. The crown, which came four years after Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendments, is the Spartans’ lone national championship.

Alex Storako pitched six innings in relief while striking out 15 batters and allowing zero runs.

This contest marked several other firsts in Storako’s career, including the first time she has pitched six innings without a hit and seven innings with just one hit.

Storako’s stamina would be a huge asset to the Wolverines if it were to continue into the rest of the season. With 147 innings already piled on Beaubien’s left arm, having Storako as a reliable second pitcher may be the difference between success and failure in the postseason.