Michigan Softball Replay (4/23/15)

Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins sat down with Sam Webb on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA this morning to review her team's sweep of Indiana, defeat of Michigan State, and to look ahead to the match-up with Maryland.


Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com

The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan softball team (42-6, 15-2 Big Ten) will return to the road this weekend, traveling to College Park, Maryland, for a three-game set against Big Ten Conference newcomer Maryland (26-21, 8-9 Big Ten). U-M will kick off the series at 5 p.m. on Friday (April 24) before playing 1 p.m. slates on Saturday (April 25) and Sunday (April 26). All three games will be held at the Maryland Softball Stadium.

• U-M has claimed all six Big Ten series so far this season, including sweeps against Ohio State, Rutgers, Indiana and Michigan State.

• With 91 home runs this season, the Wolverines have already recorded the second most in program history. The Michigan school record is 103, registered in 2005. Twelve different Wolverines have tallied at least one homer. U-M has recorded multiple home runs in 16 of its last 24 games. The Wolverines are averaging 1.90 home runs per game.

• With seven runs batted in over the last week, junior Sierra Romero upped her career total to 203 and moved to second among U-M's all-time leaders in the category, passing Amanda Chidester (200, 2009-12). She is 16 shy of record holder Samantha Findlay (219, 2005-08). Romero also upped her career home run tally to 57 -- just one shy of the second spot among the career leaders, held by Dorian Shaw (58, 2008-11).

• Sophomore Abby Ramirez saw her career-long 11-game hitting streak snapped with a 0-for-2 game vs. MSU. Ramirez hit .515 (17-for-33) with four doubles, two homers and nine RBI over her streak.

• Sophomore Kelly Christner has hit .433 over the last 20 games -- tallying a hit in all but three contests over the stretch -- with 11 home runs and 29 RBI.

• Senior Lauren Sweet boasts a career-high 38 RBI this season; her previous best was 35, which she recorded through 57 games last year. She also boasts a career-best .314 average on the year.

• Junior Sierra Lawrence has already registered career highs in doubles (13) and home runs (11) this season. She also boasts a career-best .392 average on the year.

• Michigan's pitching staff boasted a 0.74 ERA over the three-game Indiana series, allowing just two earned runs, 14 hits and eight walks while striking out 31 over 19 innings pitching.

• Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa was named Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Pitcher of the Week after tossing a five-inning no-hitter against Michigan State and striking out 26 in the Indiana series.

• Betsa boasts nine double-digit strikeout games this season, including three of her last five. She struck out 26 in the weekend series vs. Indiana. She has only allowed six runs in the past 32 innings pitched. Betsa owns a career-best 222 strikeouts this season -- 72 more than her 2014 total (150).

• Senior LHP Haylie Wagner collected her 93rd career win against Indiana and claimed possession of fourth among U-M's all-time wins leaders. She is five wins shy of the third spot, currently held by Jennie Ritter (98, 2003-06).


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