Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com
The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan softball team (37-6, 10-2 Big Ten) will head to East Lansing, Michigan, on Wednesday (April 15) to face in-state rival Michigan State (16-25, 1-11 Big Ten) at 4:30 p.m. at Secchia Stadium. The game will be streamed live on BTN Plus.
• U-M has claimed all four Big Ten series so far this season, including sweeps at Ohio State and Rutgers.
• Sophomore Abby Ramirez went 8-for-9 this weekend with two doubles, two home runs, six runs and seven runs batted in from the No. 9 spot. Ramirez extended her hitting streak to seven straight games. She is one game shy of her career-long hit streak.
• Michigan has hit 77 home runs over the last 33 games, totaling 83 on the season. Twelve different Wolverines have tallied at least one homer. U-M has recorded multiple home runs in 13 of its last 19 games. The Wolverines are averaging 1.93 home runs per game.
• Junior Sierra Romero knocked out her ninth collegiate grand slam on a first-pitch blast in the series opener at Rutgers. She is now tied for the NCAA Division I record with Florida's Francesca Enea (2007-10) and Louisiana Lafayette's Christi Orgeron (2009-12). She reached the record in just 169 games, compared to Enea's 249 and Orgeron's 237.
• After seeing her career-long nine-game hitting streak halted in the Minnesota series opener, sophomore Kelly Christner started anew and currently owns a six-game hit streak. She is hitting .464 over the last 16 games with 10 home runs and 25 RBI.
• Michigan's pitching staff boasted a 0.41 earned-run average over the three-game Rutgers series, allowing just one earned runs, nine hits and four walks while striking out 26 over 17 innings pitching.
• Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa owns five double-digit strikeout performances in her last nine starts. She has struck out 110 batters over her last 60 innings pitched, stretching back to the series finale against Kent State (March 15). Betsa owns a career-best 185 strikeouts this season -- 35 more than her 2014 total (150) in eight fewer innings.
• Senior LHP Haylie Wagner upped her career win total to 91 with win at Rutgers. She owns the fifth spot among U-M's all-time leaders in the category and needs just one more to reach the fourth spot, currently held by volunteer coach Nikki Nemitz (92, 2007-10).