Michigan Softball Replay (3/19/15)

Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins sat down with Sam Webb on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA this morning to review the her team's performance in their first home games of the season versus Kent State and Bowling Green. The Wolverines went 3-1.

Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com

The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan softball team (25-4) kick off Big Ten Conference play with a three-game series at Ohio State (13-7) this weekend. The Wolverines will play OSU at 6 p.m. on Friday (March 20), 2 p.m. on Saturday (March 21) and 1 p.m. on Sunday (March 22) at Buckeye Field in Columbus.

• The Wolverines are looking for their 18th Big Ten title in program history. U-M has won 17 of the last 20 Big Ten championships, including at least a share of last seven crowns. No other team has a stretch of more than two in a row (Northwestern, 1984-85).

• Head coach Carol Hutchins is just three wins shy of her 1,400 career win. She has compiled 1,397-467-4 career record in 32 seasons as a NCAA head coach. Hutchins is the third-winningest coach in NCAA softball history, trailing Margie Wright (1,457) and Arizona's Mike Candrea (1,410).

• Michigan has hit 44 home runs over the last 20 games, totaling 50 on the season. Ten different Wolverines have tallied at least one homer.

• With 11 homers on the season, junior Sierra Romero upped her career home run tally to 52 to move to third among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. She is six 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 177. She needs just one more to reach the fourth spot, also currently held by Shaw (178).

• The top of U-M's order (Lawrence, sophomore Kelly Christner and Romero) went 8-for-9 against Bowling Green with three RBI. Lawrence and Christner matched career highs with three hits apiece.

• Christner has tallied five hits over the last two games. Christner, Lawrence and Romero lead the Wolverine team with 12 multi-hit games this year.

• Junior Kelsey Susalla already owns career highs in nearly every category, including hits (30), doubles (9), triples (2), home runs (6), RBI (30) and runs (15).

• Michigan has posted double-digit hits in 12 games this season, including 11 of the last 19 games.

• U-M's pitching staff combined for a 1.84 earned-run average in the Kent State series, totaling 20 strikeouts and just five earned runs and 14 hits allowed over three games.

• Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa earned both weekend wins against Kent State, posting a 1.17 ERA, 15 strikeouts and nine hits allowed through 12 innings. She struck out 10 in the series finale. It was her third double-digit strikeout game this season -- eighth in her career -- and first since fanning 11 against Georgia Tech on Feb. 13.

• Senior LHP Haylie Wagner upped her career win total to 85 with her decision against Bowling Green. She ranks sixth among U-M's all-time leaders in the category and needs three more wins to reach the fifth position, currently held by Marissa Young (88, 2000-03).

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