Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com
The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan softball team (29-4, 3-0 Big Ten) will host its first Big Ten Conference home series of this weekend (March 28-29) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. After cold weather forced the postponement of Friday's series opener, U-M will play a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday (March 28) before wrapping the weekend at 3 p.m. on Sunday (March 29). The Sunday slate will be aired live on the Big Ten Network and on BTN2Go.
Friday and Saturday individual tickets will be accepted for both games of the rescheduled doubleheader. For Friday reserved bleacher and chairback ticket holders, the specific seat location is valid for the second game. Individual tickets may be returned to the ticket office for a refund if received within 14 days of the original game date. Season tickets may not be returned. For additional ticket questions, please contact the U-M Ticket Office at (866) 296-MTIX or (734) 764-0247.
• Head coach Carol Hutchins earned her 1,400th career win in U-M's 20-0, five-inning decision in the Ohio State series finale last Sunday (March 22). Improving to 1,401-467-4 over her 32 seasons as a NCAA head coach, Hutchins is the third-winningest coach in NCAA softball history, trailing only Margie Wright (1,457) and current Arizona head coach Mike Candrea (1,414).
• Michigan outscored the Buckeyes, 46-2, over the three-game weekend series. U-M hit .381 as a team and boasted a .917 slugging percentage and .547 on-base percentage.
• The Wolverines boast 14 run-rule wins this season and have posted double-digit hits in 14 games this season, including 13 of the last 22 games.
• Michigan has hit 60 home runs over the last 24 games, totaling 66 on the season. Ten different Wolverines have tallied at least one homer. U-M has recorded multiple home runs in 10 of its last 11 games, including 13 over the three-game OSU series. The Wolverines has averaged 2.00 home runs per game.
• Sophomore Kelly Christner extended her hit streak to six straight games with a 3-for-4, three-RBI effort vs. Western Michigan -- her second straight three-hit game and third in five games. She is hitting .619 over her current hit streak and leads the Wolverines with 14 multi-hit games.
• The Wolverine freshmen were particularly effective against Ohio State, combining for a .432 average eight home runs and 24 RBI across five players. Aidan Falk led all U-M players with a .556 (5-for-9) average last weekend, while Amanda Vargas hit .500 (3-for-6) with a team-best nine RBI.
• With 13 homers on the season, junior Sierra Romero upped her career home run tally to 54 to move to third among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. She is four homers shy of the second spot, currently held by Dorian Shaw (58, 2008-11). Romero also moved to fourth among U-M's career RBI leaders with 183. She needs just one more to reach the third spot, currently held by Sara Griffin (184, 1995-98).
• U-M's pitching staff combined for a 0.41 earned-run average in the Ohio State series, totaling 25 strikeouts and just two runs, 11 hits and four walks allowed over three games.
• Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after posting a 0.58 ERA with 23 strikeouts and seven hits and two walks allowed through 12 innings against Ohio State. She matched her career best with 14 strikeouts in the series opener.
• Betsa owns four double-digit strikeout games this season, including in two of her last three appearances, and nine in her collegiate career.
• Senior LHP Haylie Wagner upped her career win total to 87 with her decision against Western Michigan. She ranks sixth among U-M's all-time leaders in the category and needs one more win to reach the fifth position, currently held by Marissa Young (88, 2000-03).
• Wagner posted a season-best 10 strikeouts against the Broncos. Her career best is 13, which she recorded against Eastern Michigan in 2012.