Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com
The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan softball team (31-5, 5-1 Big Ten) will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, this weekend for a Big Ten Conference showdown against No. 14 Minnesota (29-5, 5-1 Big Ten) at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The three-game series will kick off at 6 p.m. CDT on Friday (April 3) and continue with a 2 p.m. CDT slate on Saturday (April 4) and a 1 p.m. CDT game on Sunday (April 5). Sunday's game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network, Saturday's contest will be carried live on BTN2Go, and Friday's tilt will be streamed on BTN Plus.
• Sophomore Kelly Christner extended her hit streak a career-long nine straight games with a home run in each game vs. Iowa last weekend. She is hitting .552 (16-for-29) over her current hit streak with six homers and 13 runs batted in. Her streak also includes three three-hit games; she leads the Wolverines with 14 multi-hit games.
• Christner has a home run in each of the last six home games, including all three games vs. Iowa. She is hitting .571 at home this season.
• Junior Sierra Romero upped her career RBI total to 186, moving to third among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. She is 14 shy of the second spot, currently held by Amanda Chidester (2000, 2009-12). With 13 homers on the season, she has also upped her career homer 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 claimed the second spot among U-M's career walks leaders with 158, recently surpassing Samantha Findlay (157, 2005-08). She is 20 shy of record holder Dorian Shaw (178, 2008-11).
• Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa struck out 35 batters through 15.1 innings pitched in the Iowa series, including a career-best 16 in the series opener and 15 in the finale. Prior to the weekend, her previous single-game high was 14 strikeouts, which she tallied twice this season -- vs. Hampton (Feb. 8) and at Ohio State (March 20).
• Betsa boasts six double-digit strikeout games this season, including four of her last five starts. She has stuck out 68 batters over her last 34.1 innings.
• Senior LHP Haylie Wagner upped her career win total to 88 with her decision against Iowa. She moved into a share of the fifth spot among U-M's all-time leaders in the category, tied with Marissa Young (88, 2000-03). She needs four more to reach the fourth spot, currently held by volunteer coach Nikki Nemitz (92, 2007-10).