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.
.@umichfootball's Spring game was today. Rest assured, @CoachJim4UM fans, the Khakis have made it to Ann Arbor. pic.twitter.com/oO9A2HLpxV— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 4, 2015
Spring Game @umich @umichfootball pic.twitter.com/XSKYAavQzy— Mark Bernstein (@MGoBernstein) April 4, 2015
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
These the times we all prayed for. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/Gvop3Q7u8z— Logan Tuley-Tillman (@LoganTillman) April 5, 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.
Seriously? @D_Morgan48 pic.twitter.com/9iYZq1sj2e— Alex Malzone (@AlexMalzone) April 4, 2015
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.
Tough night. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/MC6T7FDwBW— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) April 4, 2015
If three errors are any indication, Hutchins' squad played tight and unfocused. That changed by Day 2, but Minnesota made them earn it.
Si-Lo starts us off with a leadoff dinger! Her ninth of the year! 1-0 Michigan #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/TjTqq5zILT— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) April 4, 2015
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
Kelly Christner goes yard, taking a pitch over the right-centerfield fence! It's 7-4! #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/cXgdiXxK9w— 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 series concludes with the rubber match today. First pitch is scheduled for 12:01 CT. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/X2BWMCu4rh— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) April 5, 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.
From @brad_whipple: Closer than Ever Before http://t.co/3uiywA2qWP #goblue pic.twitter.com/owL6w7Piq6— Michigan Basketball (@umichwbball) April 2, 2015
Congrats to @nelmblad14 for being named to the WNIT All-Tournament team http://t.co/zS8ZuMxxh2 #goblue pic.twitter.com/pKqCBf3iB0— Michigan Basketball (@umichwbball) April 4, 2015
Swim and dive somehow made it on Today:
I see you, @umichswimdive - representing on @TODAYshow this morning #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/eHZkgQUBuG— Diana Economy (@DianaEconomy) April 3, 2015
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.
ICYMI: Wolverine Women Tally 9 Titles, 13 PR's in Berkeley " http://t.co/KF95QnZBcm pic.twitter.com/chI1cwcnIu— Michigan Track&Field (@umichtrack) April 5, 2015
ICYMI: Trio of Titles Boost Wolverine Men at Cal-UVA Tri Meet " http://t.co/RoQnhlIHLH pic.twitter.com/fb7OjqW2xe— Michigan Track&Field (@umichtrack) April 5, 2015
Women's gymnastics is still going strong, qualifying for the NCAA Championships:
Here's the recap from tonight's NCAA Columbus Regional, where U-M finished second and qualified to NCAAs: http://t.co/mdCeMUs69n #GoBlue— Michigan Gymnastics (@umichwgym) April 5, 2015
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.
Time to tee it up at the Aggie Invitational! #GoBlue http://t.co/t1cIORuAoN pic.twitter.com/5IFCmy4vf5— Michigan Golf (@umichgolf) April 4, 2015
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
That's a happy crew! #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/3nCpY5KDwF— Michigan Water Polo (@umichwaterpolo) April 4, 2015
The rowing team also enjoyed a victory, taking on a pair of ACC clubs.
Michigan Varsity Eight Sweeps Races against Clemson, No. 4 Virginia http://t.co/PjhH1W1KXF #RowBlue pic.twitter.com/8xfpTmC4WZ— Michigan Rowing (@umichrowing) April 5, 2015
Women's tennis did well in Bloomington, as well. It always feels good to beat the Hoosiers, no matter how many times it happens.
W: getting ready for singles action at Indiana! #goblue pic.twitter.com/Ay3IbbUarJ— Michigan Tennis (@umichtennis) April 5, 2015
W: @ro_NEAT22 wins moments later at No. 2 (6-2, 6-4) to make it 5-0 for Michigan over Indiana #goblue— Michigan Tennis (@umichtennis) April 5, 2015
That's it for this week. Follow me on Twitter, and good luck to men's and women's lacrosse.