Wolverine Diamond Update (Men's and Women's)

While football is the big money sport at the University of Michigan, it isn't the only sport doing its part on the field to represent the school. This weekend, baseball and softball both did their part for Michigan as the Wolverines picked up critical victories late in their respective seasons. Michigan knocked off the Hawkeyes twice on Saturday to clinch the Big 10 title while the softball team advanced on in the winners bracket of the NCAA Tournament.

It's a good time for the Michigan baseball and softball programs. Just one day after both programs received the final approval from University regents for massive facility upgrades, the two programs demonstrated why they were well deserved with two critical late season victories.

At Ray Fisher Stadium this weekend, the Wolverine baseball team cemented the Big 10 championship for the first time since 1997 taking the first three games of a four game set with the Iowa Hawkeyes. After entering the weekend tied atop the Big 10 standings with the Northwestern Wildcats, the Wolverines moved one game ahead after action on Friday night.

On Saturday, the Wolverines cemented their spot atop the standings with a sweep that saw the Wolverines down Iowa 1-0 in the opener and 4-1 in the night cap.

Chris Fetter threw seven scoreless innings recording eight strikeouts for the Maize and Blue in the opener, and Adam Abraham singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Wolverines maintained their one game lead over Northwestern in the standings.

In the tail end of the doubleheader, Mike Schmidt sent a three-run blast over the fence in the bottom of the second inning to provide Michigan with all the offense they would need. Zach Putnam, the Wolverines freshman sensation, pitched five innings allowing just five hits and one run in the victory.

Along with the win, the Boilermakers of Purdue knocked off Northwestern to give the Wolverines a two game lead in the standings with just one game remaining. As the regular season champion, the Michigan baseball team will host the Big 10 tournament starting this Wednesday at Ray Fisher Stadium in Ann Arbor.

On the softball diamond, the Wolverines continued to march toward a repeat national title with a 1-0 win over the Oklahoma Sooners at Alumni Field. Jennie Ritter paced the Wolverines with 15 strikeouts in the nine inning game, and Rebekah Milian scored the game winning run on a double from sophomore Alessandra Giampaolo.

With the win, the Wolverines advanced to the regional final where they meet the Sooners for the second time in as many days. For the Wolverines to advance to the Super-Regional, the Wolverines just need one victory in two game opportunities.

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