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Michigan Softball

Wolverines return to Tempe, the site of last year's Regional final

Paul Sherman/Daily

BY CHRIS CROWDER

Michigan was in Tempe, Arizona playing Arizona State last year when former Wolverine outfielder Lindsay Doyle made that game-winning, home run-robbing catch. Michigan became regional champions as soon as Doyle trapped the ball in her glove.

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Montemarano ignites an already high-powered Michigan lineup

James Coller/Daily

BY KEVIN SANTO

Sophomore infielder Lindsay Montemarano was holding herself to a high standard coming into this season. Yet nine games into the Michigan softball team’s season, Montemarano had not recorded a single hit, starting 0-for-14.

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Wolverines crash party at Easton Bama Bash

James Coller/Daily

BY CHRIS CROWDER

The Wolverines went on to win to beat No. 3 Alabama, 8-2, the second of their five wins in an undefeated weekend.

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Michigan prepares for weekend showdown in Alabama

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY TED JANES

For the third time in three weeks, the Wolverines (8-1) are going up against a top-10 opponent. Michigan has shown it can play with the best, beating No. 6 Florida State twice in one day. Next in line is the Crimson Tide.

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Thirty-one years, one philosophy for Carol Hutchins

Allison Farrand/Daily

BY KEVIN SANTO

If you spend time around the Wolverines, you’ll quickly become accustomed to Hutchins’ “one-pitch softball” idiom. This expression embodies a mentality that stresses evolving a new thought process every single pitch.

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Shut-down pitching, high-energy offense power softball through sweep

James Coller/Daily

BY TED JANES

With those nine pitches, Betsa earned her first career save and the eighth-ranked Wolverines’ (8-1) first of two victories against the Seminoles on the weekend. For Betsa, the night was still not done — it was her turn to start in the second game of the doubleheader. Allowing just two hits and one run, she pitched a complete game, helping Michigan take a 2-1 victory in the game Saturday night.

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SportsMonday Column

SportsMonday Column: Through steel blue eyes

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY ALEJANDRO ZúñIGA

Hutchins’ goal at Michigan isn’t to win, though that has virtually always been a side effect. Rather, she strives to turn “weak-minded kids” into graduating classes of leaders who understand “it’s OK to be a strong woman.”

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