Last weekend, a sweep of the Nittany Lions ensured a Big Ten title - but there was still work to do. Thanks to a 16-1 annihilation of Penn State in the tournament (marking four straight wins by an average of 11-1), a 9-0 victory against Northwestern and a 6-1 win over Nebraska, the Wolverines are Big Ten Tournament champs, too.
Congrats to @umichsoftball, your 2015 @B1Gsoftball Tournament champs! pic.twitter.com/Milg8Dw4AE— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) May 10, 2015
Another weekend, another B1G title! It never gets old. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/cCmR97hlbP— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) May 10, 2015
Today is Selection Sunday, so the team will know tonight where they fit in the NCAA tournament.
Wolverines have swept the B1G regular-season & tourney titles 6 times in program history. Last time was 2005. #GoBlue— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) May 10, 2015
Conference champs: check. Tourney champs: Check. Time to go win the next one! @umichsoftball #chiponyourshoulder #believeyoucan— Jennie Ritter (@JennieRitter) May 10, 2015
There were some timely hits by the offense, but the pitching stole the show. Nebraska managed three hits total; Penn State and Northwestern each had just one.
Michigan's pitchers posted a 0.82 ERA at the Big Ten Tourney w 22 strikeouts & just 5 hits allowed over 17 innings pitched. #GoBlue— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) May 10, 2015
Betsa has allowed 4 hits over her last 24 IP, one or fewer in last 5 starts. Wagner has allowed just 4 runs over last 34 innings. #GoBlue— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) May 10, 2015
Another accomplishment in a distinguished career, this also gave Coach Hutchins an iconic win.
ICYMI, Coach Hutch earned her 1,400th win for Michigan in last night's B1G final. All-time U-M wins leader! #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/S2kp6cX0Mi— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) May 10, 2015
Oh yeah, and Sierra Romero played well.
ICYMI, Sierra Romero was named Big Ten Tourney MVP after hitting .556 w 3 HRs & 11 RBI. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/kRqB7PiMvp— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) May 10, 2015
For more highlights and analysis, BTN has you covered. Michigan stands at 48-6 not including the tournament, and they'll be competing with some of the absolute best in the country. Other elite teams include Florida (49-5), LSU (44-10), Oregon (44-5), Alabama (41-11), Auburn (46-9), and UCLA (44-8).
It may be the off-season, but Michigan players both current and former were busy at work.
Another day in the weight room @packers LB @JakeRyan_47 and @BallStateFB LB @ZRyan399 #AMDG pic.twitter.com/sxVNQkmbQ6— Saint Ignatius (@SIHSStrength) May 6, 2015
Had to get back to my roots lol pic.twitter.com/83k5brTehb— PeppyPep (@JabrillPeppers) May 8, 2015
Awesome job by the guys today at the @MichFitness event at the Big House. Great role models for the kids! pic.twitter.com/dqVRbUEZN1— Zach Eisendrath (@zeisendrath) May 7, 2015
I am now aware of why @umichgym competes for a national championship yearly! Thanks for the workout fellas! #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/x2WsYgjUGk— Devin Gardner (@DevG98) May 4, 2015
Willie Henry (@WE_69) primed for a big year in 2015 #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/Iqhxz7ivhj— Wolverine247 (@247Wolverine) April 7, 2015
Denard Robinson will return kicks for the #Jaguars in 2015 http://t.co/KRARTJan65— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) May 2, 2015
Out looking for QBs and came across this guy! Another great opportunity to learn from @Hasselbeck! pic.twitter.com/nSMGzZ67Lr— Jedd Fisch (@CoachJeddFisch) May 6, 2015
Trying this hot yoga for the first time— James Ross III (@UM_JRoss15) May 7, 2015
Er, no comment on that one. It was also great to see a return to Twitter for Gwendolyn Bush, the unofficial team mom who's given another level of Twitter access to team goings-on.
Joe Bolden, Jehu Chesson and Sione Houma talking to students at Bach Elementary School for Read 2000 minutes program pic.twitter.com/RFpQXO2aPn— Gwendolyn Bush (@UMICH_gdbush) May 8, 2015
Let's get it @JabrillPeppers https://t.co/pbI5mgaDiG— Gwendolyn Bush (@UMICH_gdbush) May 7, 2015
With the track and field season winding down, Michigan's players are elevating their game with several personal-best scores.
ICYMI: Wolverine Men Earn Four Titles on Final Day at Toledo " http://t.co/mpAlv9jSoF pic.twitter.com/ti4YSzxjAl— Michigan Track&Field (@umichtrack) May 10, 2015
ICYMI: 4 PRs (3in the 800), 6 Top-5 Finishes Add to Weekend Total for U-M Women at Toledo " http://t.co/D0fnxqhB8m pic.twitter.com/UYRYLIOvK9— Michigan Track&Field (@umichtrack) May 10, 2015
Today was also the end of the Big Ten baseball regular season. Michigan's taking 'em out in style, leading Northwestern 5-1 in the sixth.
Last Big Ten regular season game for @umichbaseball today as they host Northwestern. #GoBlue #WinAnotherSeries pic.twitter.com/YED7NypREi— Jason Morris (@Jaymo29) May 10, 2015
Michigan rowing found itself ranked #12 this week, as they prepare for a Big Ten tournament.
Michigan in the latest rankings: (CRCA/USRowing) http://t.co/eylsgt0rPl (cMax) http://t.co/io9LgGM4vL #RowBlue pic.twitter.com/wo1tpDcO5p— Michigan Rowing (@umichrowing) May 6, 2015
Women's tennis is alive and well, thanks to a 4-2 win over DePaul. The #11-ranked Michigan team will be in the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six years.
And Michigan is moving on!!! Mira Ruder-Hook clinches it with a 6-4, 6-4 win at 5 vs DePaul #goblue #NCAAMWT— Michigan Tennis (@umichtennis) May 9, 2015
That's it for this week. Good luck to women's tennis, which plays this Friday at 1 p.m., and all the other athletes gearing up for Big Ten tournament showings. Go Blue!