Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com
The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan softball team (45-6, 18-2 Big Ten) will close out the regular season at home this weekend, hosting Penn State (28-24, 9-11 Big Ten) for a three-game set at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. U-M will kick off the series at 5:30 p.m. on Friday (May 1) before playing a 2 p.m. on Saturday (May 2) and 1 p.m. on Sunday (May 3).
• In search of its eighth straight Big Ten title, Michigan heads into the weekend atop the conference standings with a one-game lead over Minnesota (15-3 B1G). U-M has claimed all seven Big Ten series so far this season, including sweeps against Ohio State, Rutgers, Indiana, Michigan State and Maryland.
• Michigan will play its annual "Pink Game" on Friday night, to bring attention to women's health and the fight against breast cancer.
• U-M will honor its four seniors before Sunday's contest: Sara Driesenga, Becca Garfinkel, Lauren Sweet and Haylie Wagner, as well as senior managers Michelle Friedman and Nick McLaren. Entering the weekend, U-M's senior class has compiled a record of 185-51 (.784) over their four seasons.
• The Wolverines currently lead the nation with 95 home runs. U-M is just eight homers shy of its school-record 103, registered in 2005. Twelve different Wolverines have tallied at least one homer. U-M has recorded multiple home runs in 17 of its last 27 games. The Wolverines are averaging 1.86 home runs per game.
• Junior Sierra Romero knocked out a two-run bomb at Maryland to up her career home run tally to 58 and move to second among U-M's all-time leaders -- tied with Dorian Shaw (2008-11). Romero is four shy of record holder Samantha Findlay (62, 2005-08) and is also 14 runs batted in shy of U-M's career RBI record, currently held by Findlay (219).
• Senior Lauren Sweet boasts a career-high 38 RBI this season; her previous best was 35, which she recorded through 57 games last year. She also boasts a career-best .318 average on the year.
• Junior Sierra Lawrence has already registered career highs in doubles (14) and home runs (12) this season. She also boasts a career-best .383 average on the year.
• Michigan's pitching staff boasted a 0.78 ERA over the three-game Maryland series, allowing just two earned runs, 10 hits and three walks while striking out 39 over 18 innings pitching.
• Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa tossed a seven-inning no-hitter in U-M's 1-0 win at Maryland, striking out 15 -- just one shy of her career best -- and walking two. It is her second no-hitter in 11 days and the third of her career. She boasts 10 double-digit strikeout games this season, including four of her last five. She has only allowed six runs in the past 45 innings pitched.
• Senior LHP Haylie Wagner collected her 94th career win in relief against Michigan State. She owns the fourth spot among U-M's all-time leaders and is four wins shy of the third spot, currently held by Jennie Ritter (98, 2003-06).