Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com
The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan softball team (22-3) will kick off the home portion of its 2015 slate this weekend with a three-game set against Kent State (11-4) at the Wilpon Softball Complex, home of Alumni Field. U-M will host a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday (March 14) before wrapping the weekend with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday (March 15).
• The Wolverines wrapped the early-tournament portion of their 2015 schedule with a 22-3 record, including a 7-3 mark against nationally ranked opposition. U-M took two-game road series at No. 6 Florida State, No. 3 Alabama and No. 21 Arizona before adding a run-rule decision over No. 9 Baylor at the Judi Garman Classic.
• After improving its team average in each of the opening four weeks, U-M could not quite continue the trend into week five. U-M opened the season with a .212 effort at the USF Softball Classic, hit .305 at the Unconquered Invitational, .360 at the Easton Bama Bash and .442 -- with 20 home runs -- at the ASU Louisville Slugger Invitational. The Wolverines hit .369 last week in Fullerton, California.
• The Wolverines own an all-time 492-130-1 record at Alumni Field, dating back to its 1982 opening. Under head coach Carol Hutchins, U-M is 464-111-1 at home.
• Michigan has hit 38 home runs over the last 16 games, totaling 44 on the season. Ten different Wolverines have tallied at least one homer. Michigan boasted 20 homers over five games at the ASU Louisville Slugger Invitational.
• Michigan has posted double-digit hits in 11 games this season, including 10 of the last 15 games.
• Junior infielder Sierra Romero was named Big Ten Player of the Week after batting .692 (9-for-13) with a league-leading 1.538 slugging percentage and .818 on-base percentage in six games in Fullerton, California. She knocked out three home runs and tallied seven runs batted in. Romero also recorded eight walks, including a Michigan single-game record five at Cal State Fullerton.
• With nine homers on the season, Romero upped her career home run tally to 50 to move to third among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. She is eight homers shy of the second spot, currently held by Dorian Shaw (58, 2008-11). Romero also moved to fifth among U-M's career RBI leaders with 173. She needs just five to reach the fourth spot, also currently held by Shaw (178).
• Junior rightfielder Kelsey Susalla already owns career highs in nearly every category, including hits (27), doubles (7), triples (2), home runs (6), RBI (26) and runs (15).
• Sophomore infielder Abby Ramirez currently owns an eight-game hitting streak, tying her career long.
• U-M's pitching staff combined for a 2.20 earned-run average last week in Fullerton, California, totaling 275 strikeouts and just 11 earned runs and 34 hits allowed over six games.