Softball

Senior MacKenzie Nemitz drove home the game-winning RBI against Indiana on Sunday.

Facing a 3-2 count with two runners on base, senior MacKenzie Nemitz swung hard, finding a gap between center and right field that propelled the Wolverines to a 7-6 walk-off victory over Indiana.

Freshman right-hander Alex Storako set the tone right away for the Michigan pitching staff.

Freshman right-hander Alex Storako set the tone right away for the Michigan pitching staff, striking out eight Indiana batters in 3.2 innings en route to a 3-2 victory for the No. 23 Wolverines (26-10) over Indiana (28-12).

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With two outs on the board in the last inning of the game, sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien threw two pitches straight into the center of the batters box. The third ended up in the dirt, but that didn’t matter in the end as the Indiana batter had already started her swing.

With that, Beaubien was able to start and end the game with a strikeout.

The No. 23 Michigan softball team (24-10) defeated Indiana (28-10) 4-0 in the first game of this weekend’s series.

Hannah Carson hit the first home run of her collegiate career, a grand slam, against Toledo on Wednesday.

On the next pitch, Carson swung hard, sending a line drive over the right-field wall — the first home run of her collegiate career. The grand slam increased Michigan’s lead to 19.

Because the ball was so low, Carson didn’t even know whether it went out of the field.

Alex Storako had a four strikeout inning in Wednesday's game.

The four-strikeout inning is a rarity. On Wednesday, Storako achieved the feat during the No. 23 Michigan softball team’s 24-3 victory over the Rockets (10-19), an onslaught that marked the Wolverines’ (24-10) 12th consecutive win.

Senior first baseman Alex Sobczak helped spark Michigan to a 19-0 lead over Toledo, a game it eventually won, 24-3.

Early in the first inning, senior first baseman Alex Sobczak hit a line drive single to right field to move senior second baseman Faith Canfield to home plate.

And the runs kept coming.

The Michigan softball team’s unique culture and chemistry has remained present through this season's ups and downs.

This culture has given freshman outfielder Lexie Blair the confidence to take the No. 3 spot in the batting order and hit at a .407 clip – which leads the team. This culture has allowed freshman right-hander Alex Storako to look up to and learn from an All-American pitcher in sophomore Meghan Beaubien without feeling any pressure. This culture has given direction to a team that seemed like it was it in reverse.

So the next time the Wolverines spend a day or two during their road trips to travel, know that this isn’t anything new. They’re just following the Michigan way.

Alex Sobczak earned a spot in the starting lineup due to her impressive batting performance.

When Sobczak took over permanently, her batting average sat at a lackluster .125. Today, her .385 clip is the 11th-best in the Big Ten. She’s been locked in at the plate during the Wolverines’ current 11-game win streak, racking up 15 hits in 29 at-bats during this stretch — good for a batting average of .517. And that’s no small sample size, considering she has a total of 65 at-bats on the season.

Freshman outfielder Lexie Blair led the Wolverines this weekend over Rutgers.

With her steal, Blair created the run that gave Michigan that lead early, and her contributions to the Wolverines’ dominant series didn’t stop at that run. Blair led the Michigan offense all weekend, a common trend for the freshman.

Sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien picked up her 12th and 13th wins of the season in the Michigan softball team's sweep of Rutgers.

Over the weekend, Hutchins put her unblemished record on the line when the 23rd-ranked Wolverines (23-10 overall, 6-0 Big Ten) traveled to Piscataway for a three-game set. Led by first-year head coach and former SEC Player of the Year Kristen Butler, the new-look Scarlet Knights (16-17, 0-6) looked to tarnish Hutchins’ perfect mark against them.