Michigan Softball Replay (4/30/15)

Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins sat down with Sam Webb on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA this morning to review her team's sweep of Maryland and to look ahead to the match-up with Penn State.

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).

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