Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com
The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan softball team (34-6, 7-2 Big Ten) will resume Big Ten Conference play this weekend, heading to Piscataway, New Jersey, for a three-game set against Rutgers (20-9, 7-2 Big Ten). U-M will open the series at 3 p.m. on Friday (April 10), face the Scarlet Knights at 1 p.m. on Saturday (April 11) and wrap up the weekend with a noon slate on Sunday (April 12). All games will be held at the RU Softball Complex.
It will be just the fifth game between Michigan and Rutgers. U-M owns a 4-0 series advantage. The last meeting between the schools came a 2005; the Wolverines won 8-0 in five innings as part of their NCAA championship season.
• Michigan has claimed each Big Ten series this season, most recently taking the final two games at No. 14 Minnesota last weekend. U-M bounced back from its first run-rule loss of the season (9-1, 6 inn.) in the series opener, earning a 9-1, six-inning decision of its own in the rubber match.
• Sophomore Lindsay Montemarano led the Wolverines in the Minnesota series with a .500 (3-for-6) average with two doubles, a run batted in and four walks. Senior Lauren Sweet boasted six RBI. With 34 RBI this season, Sweet is just one shy of her career best (35), which she recorded through 57 games last year.
• Junior Sierra Lawrence has already matched her career highs in doubles (9) and home runs (9) this season. She also boasts a career-best .376 average on the year. She leads the Wolverines with 16 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games.
• After seeing her season average dip below .500 for the first time since Feb. 28, junior Sierra Romero posted two hits apiece in the last two games to bring it back to .505 (46-for-91).
• Romero upped her career RBI total to 189, moving to third among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. She is 11 shy of the second spot, currently held by Amanda Chidester (200, 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 159, recently surpassing Samantha Findlay (157, 2005-08). She is 19 shy of record holder Dorian Shaw (178, 2008-11).
• Sophomore Kelly Christner saw her nine-game hit streak halted in the Minnesota series opener. She batted .552 (16-for-29) over the stretch with six homers and 13 RBI. Her streak also included three three-hit games.
• Michigan has hit 67 home runs over the last 31 games, totaling 73 on the season. Eleven different Wolverines have tallied at least one homer. U-M has recorded multiple home runs in 11 of its last 17 games. The Wolverines are averaging 1.83 home runs per game.
• Michigan has posted double-digit hits in 16 games this season, including 15 of the last 28 games.
• Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa owns a career-best 162 strikeouts this season -- 12 more than her 2014 total (150) in 20 fewer innings. She has recorded 77 strikeouts over her last 41 innings pitched, stretching back to the series opener at Ohio State, averaging 1.88 strikeouts per innings.
• Senior LHP Haylie Wagner upped her career win total to 90 with her birthday win against Eastern Michigan. She owns the fifth spot among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. She needs two more to reach the fourth spot, currently held by volunteer coach Nikki Nemitz (92, 2007-10).