Michigan Softball Replay (5/21/15)

Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins sat down with Sam Webb on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA this morning to review her team's NCAA Regional victory and to look ahead to Super Regionals.


Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com

The No. 3-seeded University of Michigan softball team (54-6) will host No. 14 Georgia (44-15) in one of eight NCAA Super Regional sites this Thursday and Friday (May 21-22) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. The best-of-three series will kick off at 9 p.m. on Thursday on ESPN2, continue with a 6 p.m. slate on Friday on ESPNU and, if necessary, conclude with a 9 p.m. Friday game on ESPN.

The winner of the Ann Arbor Super Regional will advance to the Women's College World Series, which will be contested Thursday-Wednesday, May 28-June 3, at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

• Michigan advanced to its 10th NCAA Super Regional in 11 years after sweeping through its regional last weekend, earning back-to-back six-inning wins over Oakland and No. 19 California before defeating Pittsburgh, 10-3, in the championship game.

• The Wolverines have hosted four previous NCAA Super Regional sites -- in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2013. All three of U-M's super regional titles (2005, '09, '13) have come in Ann Arbor. Michigan is 10-14 all-time in super regionals.

• Michigan still leads the nation with a program-record 112 home runs -- now sharing the spot with Louisiana-Lafayette -- after knocking out five home runs in NCAA Regional play, including four vs. No. 19 California. U-M's previous school record (103) was set through 72 games during the NCAA championship 2005 season. U-M broke that mark through 55 games this season. Twelve different Wolverines have tallied at least one home run, while five boast multiple homers. U-M has recorded multiple home runs in 22 of its last 36 games.

• The Wolverines also boast a new program record with 498 runs scored this season. The previous record was 425 runs, which U-M established through 64 games in 2013. Michigan surpassed 400 runs in just four previous seasons -- 2005, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

• Junior Sierra Romero, who was named the inaugural winner of the espnW Softball Player of the Year, knocked out a solo home run against California in NCAA Regional play to up her career home run tally to 62 to claim a share of Michigan's career record in the category. She is tied with Samantha Findlay (2005-08). With four runs batted in in the regional, Romero also claimed sole possession of Michigan's career RBI record with 221, passing Findlay (219) with her solo homer against the Golden Bears.

• Romero, who has established a new Michigan single-season runs record in each of the last two seasons with 74 last year and already 80 this year, sits in second place among the Wolverines' career leaders in the category with 221. She is just two shy of record holder Traci Conrad (223, 1996-99).

• Freshman Aidan Falk posted back-to-back three-hit games against California and Pittsburgh in NCAA Regional play and boasted a team-best .600 average (6-for-10) over the three-game weekend. Falk batted .632 over the last two weekends of play with a double, two homers and six runs batted in. She was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team after hitting .667 average (6-for-9) with three RBI.

• Senior Lauren Sweet boasts a career-high 50 RBI this season; her previous best was 35, which she recorded through 57 games last year. She also boasts a career-best 11 home runs and .321 average on the year -- a 34-point improvement over her previous best.

• Junior Sierra Lawrence has already registered career highs in doubles (17) and home runs (14) this season. She also boasts a career-best .367 average on the year -- a 16-point improvement over her previous best.

• Michigan owns the second-best team earned-run average in the nation (1.50) and boasts a paltry 1.01 ERA over its last 20 games. Over that stretch, the Wolverines compiled eight shutouts, 167 strikeouts and a .157 opposing average.

• Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa has allowed just 10 hits over her last eight appearances -- a stretch that featured a seven-inning no-hitter at Maryland and one-hit games in five subsequent games against Penn State, Northwestern and Oakland. She has also given up only 11 runs over her last 83.2 innings pitched.

• Betsa boasts 13 double-digit strikeout games this season, including seven of her last 11. She struck out 23 over 14.2 innings in NCAA Regional play. She owns a career-best 298 strikeouts this season.

• Senior LHP Haylie Wagner collected her 96th career win in the Big Ten Tournament finale vs. Nebraska. She owns the fourth spot among U-M's all-time leaders and is two wins shy of the third spot, currently held by Jennie Ritter (98, 2003-06). With wins in her last 11 of her last 12 starts -- plus a win in relief vs. MSU -- Wagner also moved to second all-time with a career .850 winning percentage. Jordan Taylor (2008-11) owns the Michigan program record with a .856 winning percentage.

• Wagner also moved to seventh among U-M's all-time strikeout leaders with 496. She is a ways from the sixth spot, currently held by Sara Griffin (602).


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