Day 3 of the 2015 Big Ten Softball Tournament featured three outstanding games, but in the end, it was the Michigan Wolverines who took home the conference tournament crown.
No player in the history of NCAA softball has more grand slams than Sierra Romero. [ MORE: View our 2015 Big Ten Softball Tournament homepage ] The Michigan star hit her record 10th career grand slam in Michigan’s Big Ten tourney quarterfinal vs. Penn State on Friday afternoon. Best part: Romero is just a junior, meaning she will have many opportunities to pad her lead. Romero’s 10th bomb with the bases packed highlighted Michigan’s explosive 13-run second inning. If the top-seeded Wolverines hold on, they will face No. 4 Northwestern in the semifinals Saturday afternoon.
Fact: The Michigan softball team is very good. Another fact: The Michigan softball team is full of fun personalities who really enjoy pizza.
The Big Ten Conference announced the 2015 All-Conference Teams and individual award winners on Wednesday. Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen captured Player of the Year honors, Michigan’s Megan Betsa was named the Pitcher of the Year and Northwestern’s Sabrina Rabin was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Michigan’s Carol Hutchins was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. During her sophomore campaign, Groenewegen led the Gophers with a .435 batting average, six home runs and a .524 on-base percentage in Big Ten play, while also recording a 12-2 record with 155 strikeouts and four shutouts. She is the third Gopher to be
No. 3 Michigan put the finishing touches on its eighth straight Big Ten championship, cruising to a 10-2, five-inning decision to claim the outright title Sunday afternoon. Junior leftfielder Kelly Christner wrapped up her near-perfect weekend at the plate with a 2-for-2, three-RBI effort. She went 8-for-9 over the series. Junior second baseman Sierra Romero also tallied two hits, while junior designated player Kelsey Susalla, senior catcher Lauren Sweet and sophomore third baseman Lindsay Montemarano drove in two runs apiece. Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa (24-4) tossed her second one-hitter of the weekend, striking out seven through four innings of work.
With its 9-1 victory over Penn State on Saturday afternoon, the Michigan softball team (47-6, 20-2 Big Ten) clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines secure the 19th conference championship in program history and eighth consecutive title. Sophomore leftfielder Kelly Christner registered her second straight three-hit performance, going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, to headline the Wolverine offense. Junior centerfielder Sierra Lawrence and sophomore third baseman Lindsay Montemarano both connected on two-run homers. Montemarano went 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch; she
It was all Megan Betsa in Michigan's 1-0 victory Sunday at Maryland. The Michigan sophomore twirled the first 7-inning no-hitter of her career, to go along with 15 strikeouts.
Michigan shut out in-state rival Michigan State 10-0 in a Big Ten softball game on Wednesday at Ole College Field. However, this wasn’t any ordinary college softball game. Michigan sophomore pitcher Megan Betsa struck out six MSU batters on her way to pitching a no-hitter against the Spartans. Betsa (18-4) allowed one walk on her way to completing her second collegiate no-hitter. The Wolverines return home for their next five games, kicking off the homestand with a three-game weekend set against Indiana, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Michigan and Nebraska were eliminated from the NCAA tourney in Super Regional action Friday night. The Wolverines, who won Game 1 on Thursday, lost two games at Florida State, including a 4-2 extra-inning loss in the winner-take-all game, while the Huskers dropped another one-run game at Alabama. Catch up on both games in this post. Florida State wins two to eliminate Michigan Courtney Senas hit a two-run walk-off home run to give No. 3 Florida State a 4-2 win over the No. 13-ranked University of Michigan softball team in the decisive game three of the Tallahassee Super Regional on Friday
Michigan and Nebraska opened Super Regional action Thursday night, with the former cruising to a 17-3 run-rule victory at No. 3 Florida State and the latter dropping a 6-5 extra-inning affair at No. 1 Alabama. Minnesota, the Big Ten’s third and final Super Regional team, opens play Saturday night at No. 1 Oregon. Catch up on the action in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] MICHIGAN 17, FLORIDA STATE 3 (6) | RECAP | BOX The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan softball team pounded out 15 hits and put up innings of seven runs and