Softball

Megan Betsa has 370 strikeouts this year, tops in the country.

She was a kid from rural Georgia in Ann Arbor in the middle of January. Against all odds, it was love at first sight.

Senior centerfielder Kelly Christner is one of six of Michigan's All-Big Ten honorees.

Betsa, Blanco, Christner and Canfield were named to the first team, while Ramirez and Peters earned second-team selections.

The Daily softball beat breaks down the Big Ten tournament and offers their predictions for champion, team to watch and how far Michigan will go.

Sophomore first baseman Aidan Falk hit two home runs this weekend against Rutgers, contributing to a dominating offensive effort.

Michigan pounded out 53 hits — over double the amount it had the weekend before, and the most production it has seen in a single weekend all season. Twelve separate players tallied hits, contributing to the weekend’s grand total, and the Wolverines scored 45 runs in all.

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For the past nine years, the Michigan softball team has won at least a share of the Big Ten Championship.

But this season, that crown will head to No. 4 Minnesota, which has dominated the conference with a 21-1 record.

Senior third baseman Lindsay Montemarano has worked hard on her swing to emerge from an early-season slump.

In the last six contests, Montemarano leads the Wolverines with an astounding .466 batting average as Michigan has won its last nine games by a combined 84 runs.

Senior infielder Lindsay Montemarano and the Michigan softball team will wrap up the regular season with a trip to Rutgers this weekend.

As the end of the regular season nears, the No. 19 Michigan softball team stands two games behind No. 4 Minnesota in the Big Ten standings with three must-win games to go, all taking place this weekend at Rutgers.

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins has been impressed by sophomore catcher Alex Sobczak's work ethic, which has powered her recent surge.

In February, Sobczak was buried on the bench. She had a choice — she could fold under the circumstances in front of her, or she could work. She chose the latter.

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins helped start the Michigan Softball Academy in 2010 to raise money to fight against breast cancer.

In its eight-year existence, the program has raised over $700,000, according to Hutchins, with hopes of surpassing $1 million soon.

With a home run on Tuesday, senior third baseman Lindsay Montemarano is batting .500 over her last nine starts after hitting just .226 before that stretch.

Led by three home runs, the Wolverines completed a perfect regular-season home record with the run-rule victory.