Softball

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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.

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In the moment they made history, it was business as usual for the Michigan softball coaching trio of Carol Hutchins, Bonnie Tholl and Jennifer Brundage.

Sophomore Natalia Rodriguez leads the Michigan softball team in stolen bases.

At this point in last year’s season, Rodriguez had stolen just three bases. By the end of the season, she had succeeded on 10 of just 12 attempts. She is on track to far outpace that number this season. Rodriguez sets the table for the Wolverines, who have stolen 25 bases on 30 attempts this season.

Freshman outfielder Lexie Blair recently won Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Week honors after posting a .900 on base percentage last weekend

The freshman outfielder left the weekend with a .875 batting average and earned Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Week honors for her first home performance against Kent State last weekend. Performing almost perfectly offensively, Blair added a grand slam and six RBI to secure an 18-1 run rule victory over the Flash.

Sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien tossed a 13-strikeout shutout against Western Michigan.

The home run was all the No. 25 Michigan softball team needed to defeat in-state foe Western Michigan (7-12), 3-0.

Sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien has been hitting her stride as a reliever as of late.

Now, after three consecutive performances without giving up an earned run as a relief pitcher, including one against then-No. 9 Louisiana State, Beaubien is scorching. She’s found her swagger as a starter. But most of all, she’s started to mold into a reliable reliever as well.

Freshman infielder Morgan Overaitis made her home debut this weekend for Michigan softball.

On Sunday, the No. 25 Michigan softball team (15-10) essentially clinched its first game of the day in the first inning — a game the Wolverines won, 18-1 — providing ample time for Hutchins to put some new faces both in the field and at bat.

The moment Michigan went up to bat Sunday afternoon, it was clear the game would be a blowout. Golden Flashes’ right-hander Andrea Scali walked the first two batters she faced — senior second baseman Faith Canfield and fellow senior outfielder Natalie Peters. The Wolverines sent both of these runners home — and eight more after that — before the inning was over.

Senior outfielder Natalie Peters hit the home run to send the game to a run-rule victory for Michigan.

Last Tuesday, Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins promised that her team would be “excited as hell” to play its first home series of the season.

Senior Faith Canfield holds the highest batting average on the team.

That ball went sailing over the fence at left field, giving Michigan softball (13-10) its first home run in Ann Arbor of the season. From there, the offense couldn’t be stopped.

Sophomore left-hander Meghan Beaubien pitched 5 shutout innings.

Players surround the plate, smiling and chanting as they eye their teammate rounding third base. Moments prior, Faith Canfield slammed the first hit of the home season over the fence past left field.