Softball

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In the bottom of the fourth inning in Tuesday’s game against Central Michigan, Alex Storako found herself in a jam. 

Madison Uden reclaimed her role as the starting third baseman after a slow start to the season.

Most of all, since the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the infield has finally started to live up to Uden’s words with just eight errors in 21 games, and the chemistry that was supposed to be there between the returning members is showing.

Junior third baseman Madison Uden's home run in the third inning hit some energy into the Michigan softball team.

It was a long drive from Ann Arbor to Mount Pleasant. Many players had class earlier in the day. The atmosphere wasn’t energetic.

Madison Uden changed that.

The Michigan softball team has launched 12 home runs en route to seven consecutive victories during its home stand.

Yes, the influx of home runs has come against weaker pitching staffs than the Wolverines saw in their previous non-conference slate. But the fact that eight of Hutchins’ regulars flexed pop in their bat over a stretch of just seven games suggests it isn’t a fluke.

Senior designated player Mackenzie Nemitz launched a home run on her birthday.

Walking up to the booming guitar solo from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” with the momentum of her team’s 4-0 home-field lead behind her Sunday, Nemitz started her at-bat by taking two high balls. She stepped back, readjusted her grip and lifted her bat for the third time. A moment went by. And then the pitch.

Nemitz struck the ball, and it flew.

Junior right-fielder Haley Hoogenraad led a defensively-sound Michigan outfield against Nebraska last weekend.

There is one clear difference between the No. 25 Michigan softball team and Nebraska: One’s outfield performed well in Sunday’s contest and one dropped the ball.

Sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien came close to perfection in the circle once again.

When an opposing lineup comes to Alumni Field mired in a slump, the last pitcher it wants to see is Meghan Beaubien.

Coming into the weekend, the sophomore left-hander had already posted stellar numbers at home — 23 strikeouts, zero walks and .140 batting average against across 16.1 innings — for a Michigan softball team that has now won seven straight games on its own turf.

Mackenzie Nemitz led off the third inning with a home run.

Senior outfielder Natalie Peters stepped up to bat with two outs and the bases loaded during the bottom of the second inning. But rather than leaving runners stranded on base like the Wolverines often do, Peters pounded a bases-clearing double to left field and drove in the first three runs that kickstarted Michigan’s 12-0 onslaught of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Junior third baseman Madison Uden believes her struggles at the plate are behind her.

When the Michigan softball team made its way southwest for the Arizona State Invitational last month, Madison Uden looked forward to her homecoming. The road trip gave the junior third baseman a chance to take the field just 30 minutes away from her hometown of Glendale, Ariz.

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With two outs and bases loaded, junior third baseman Madison Uden stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the first inning. Already, it was clear that the No. 25 Michigan softball team would have no problem getting runners on base.