Players popped their pads, Harbaugh roamed the stadium grass, and Michigan fans watched from all over as Drevno's Blue team beat Durkin's Maize team in Michigan Stadium. A build-up of several months led to this, and it felt like a small coronation, seeing Harbaugh lead the Maize and Blue through successful plays and failures. The team itself was up and down, but the hope and expectation made this a gratifying moment for the fans who turned out.
It was an especially successful day for Alex Malzone, even though he walked out of spring practice as the runner-up in the quarterback race to junior Shane Morris. Still, he got a small taste of what it's like in the bigger stage of college football, playing in front of a large crowd, and he has played tremendously for a freshman, early-enrollee quarterback.
Awesome experience playing in the big house for the first time. Can't wait to keep getting better and… https://t.co/Kk16SEgLOX— Alex Malzone (@AlexMalzone) April 4, 2015
A lot of defensive players stood out, especially Jabrill and Royce Jenkins-Stone.
@UMRJS52 looking really good a dEnd for the first time— Darryl Goldsmith (@DGOLD_52) April 4, 2015
Fear none. Respect all. Nothing more. Nothing less.— PeppyPep (@JabrillPeppers) April 3, 2015
Desmond Morgan also snagged a nice interception off of Malzone, and the two continued sparring after the game was over.
Now, the calendar turns to summer, as the players put their next few months into working on the things they've learned from spring. Film room, weight lifting, and general growth will be a steady theme until August rolls around.
Time to get healthy again, and get back to doing what I love most. #grind— Ross Taylor-Douglas (@RossD7_) April 5, 2015
The showdown with Minnesota - the only real competition Michigan has in the Big Ten - has led up to its billing, with the two squads splitting the first two games of the series. It all kicked off with a blowout loss in Minneapolis.
If three errors are any indication, Hutchins' squad played tight and unfocused. That changed by Day 2, but Minnesota made them earn it.
SEE YA BALL! Sweet crushes one over the right field fence to bring in two more Wolverine runs. It's 3-0 Michigan! pic.twitter.com/2dY6ulmDBV— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) April 4, 2015
Minnesota drops a bloop single behind shortstop to score the two runners on base. Minnesota takes the lead, 4-3. #GoBlue— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) April 4, 2015
Wagner strikes out the next batter! There are now two outs with the bases still loaded #GoBlue— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) April 4, 2015
A hard shot, but right at Christner gets the Wolverines out of it! Due up for Michigan: Falk, Wagner, and Montemarano #GoBlue— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) April 4, 2015
Betsa takes care of business in the bottom of the sixth, sending the Gophers down in order. We head to the top of the seventh, 7-4 Michigan— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) April 4, 2015
Helping out her fellow pitcher, Wagner knocks one over the right field fence, extending Michigan's lead to 9-4! pic.twitter.com/iaD2floklf— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) April 4, 2015
The women's basketball team made it to the WNIT Final Four this week, but fell on Wednesday to a tough UCLA squad. UCLA would go on to beat West Virginia, 62-60, to capture the WNIT Championships.
Swim and dive somehow made it on Today:
And Richard Funk represented the Wolverines in Canada as players try to qualify for USA or national meets.
From last night: @rFunk08 won the 100 BR (1:00.04) at Canadian Trials. Met the Pan Am Games standard, missed cut for Worlds by .02 seconds.— Michigan Swim & Dive (@umichswimdive) April 3, 2015
Volleyball continued its spring practice schedule.
We defeated Toledo, 3-0, last night at Keen! The spring schedule wraps up with a home tournament Saturday, April 11!!— Michigan Volleyball (@umichvball) April 2, 2015
Michigan baseball games against Indiana have felt like their football games, with a 7-3 win and 13-11 loss in a Saturday double-header. And, for the rubber match, Michigan donned some pinstripes.
It's a beautiful day for baseball! pic.twitter.com/IolaJEE1Wf— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) April 5, 2015
Track and field, meanwhile, made it out to California to take on UC-Berkeley and a number of other schools.
Women's gymnastics is still going strong, qualifying for the NCAA Championships:
The NCAA Championships will be a homecoming of sorts for our three native Texans: Sachi (Keller), Briley (Dallas) and Austin (Murphy).— Michigan Gymnastics (@umichwgym) April 5, 2015
And golf spent some time in Texas.
Water polo faced Indiana, as well, going into a sudden-death overtime.
HUGE shot block from Thomason! Timeout Wolverines w :54 left in OT. Tied 12-12. #GoBlue— Michigan Water Polo (@umichwaterpolo) April 4, 2015
MICHIGAN GOAL! Dani Robinson scores OT gamewinner on Senior Day. Skip shot to lower right corner from perimeter. U-M wins, 13-12. #GoBlue— Michigan Water Polo (@umichwaterpolo) April 4, 2015
The rowing team also enjoyed a victory, taking on a pair of ACC clubs.
Women's tennis did well in Bloomington, as well. It always feels good to beat the Hoosiers, no matter how many times it happens.
That's it for this week. Follow me on Twitter, and good luck to men's and women's lacrosse.