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
It’s Super Regional time for softball, and three Big Ten teams are one best-of-3 series away from advancing to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Michigan and Nebraska open Super regional action Thursday night, at No. 8 Florida State and No. 2 Alabama, respectively. Minnesota, making its Super Regional debut, opens Saturday night at No. 1 Oregon. To preview the three series, BTN.com tracked down BTN analyst Garland Cooper, the Big Ten’s all-time home run leader and lone three-time conference player of the year. The former Northwestern star played in two WCWS, so she knows what Super Regional
Big Ten regular season champ Michigan, Big Ten tourney champ Minnesota and Nebraska all advanced to Super Regionals over the weekend. Here are the teams’ Super Regional best-of-3 matchups: Michigan vs. No. 8 Florida State; No. 16 Minnesota vs. No. 1 Oregon; Nebraska vs. No. 2 Alabama. Winners of the Super Regionals move on to the College World Series in Oklahoma City. [ MORE: VIDEO: Watch Lyndsay Doyle’s Super Regional-clinching catch ] With its regional title, Minnesota advances to its first Super Regional. Michigan now owns 16 regional titles, while Nebraska has eight. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA
Five Big Ten softball teams earned NCAA tournament berths Sunday night, led by Minnesota, which won the Big Ten Tournament championship and earned the No. 16 overall seed. The other Big Ten teams include Big Ten regular-season co-champs Michigan and Nebraska, plus Northwestern and Wisconsin. The five teams mark the conference’s most since 2009. See each team’s draw in this post. [ MORE: NCAA.com: View the official interactive bracket ] MICHIGAN (42-12) – Tempe Regional (9 Arizona State, Dartmouth, San Diego State) Michigan earns a spot in the @NCAAsoftball Tournament for the 20th consecutive season! #GoBlue #RoadtoWCWS — Michigan Softball
Sam Macken had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh to lead No. 3 Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over No. 1 Michigan in the Big Ten Softball Tournament championship game. The victory marked the second Big Ten softball title in program history, and the first since 1999. Minnesota kicked off the day with a 9-0 shutout win over Ohio State in a tournament semifinal matchup. Michigan followed with an impressive 4-3 win over Wisconsin in the second semifinal game, which set up the championship matchup. Catch up on Saturday’s action, get the best video highlights and view
On Wednesday, the Big Ten softball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media as their teams prep for the 2014 Big Ten Softball Tournament in Evanston. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here. You can watch the opening round games live on the Big Ten Digital Network and catch all of Friday and Saturday’s action live on BTN and BTN2Go. Listen to Illinois Coach Terri Sullivan: Listen to Indiana Coach Michelle Gardner: Listen to Iowa Coach Marla Looper: Listen to Michigan Coach Carol Hutchins: Listen to Michigan State Coach Jacquie Joseph: Listen