Happy Tuesday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. Wolverines across the sports landscape turned in strong performances this past weekend, including a few individual conference titles for women’s gymnastics, but women’s basketball’s season concluded with a loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This morning we also check in with baseball and softball for the latest results from the diamond.
Let’s get to it:
Women’s basketball falls to 1-seed Louisville. It was a great run, but the season has come to an end for women’s basketball. After beating Kansas State by 30 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Wolverines fell to the 1-seed Louisville Cardinals by the score of 50-71. Michigan finished the year with a record of 22-12, the third-most wins in program history according to MGoBlue. This was the final collegiate game for seniors Hallie Thome and Nicole Munger.
Women’s gymnastics wins sixth straight B1G Championship. After stumbling a bit against strong competition down the stretch, women’s gymnastics bounced back in the Big Ten Tournament to take home the trophy for the sixth straight year. The title was the 25th in school history, and the 24th for head coach Bev Plocki’s tenure. Olivia Karas, Emma McLean, and Natalie Wojcik all won individual titles as well. NCAA Regionals start on April 4th and will run through the 6th.
Baseball wins one to cap tough weekend. Baseball had a tough go of it against No. 19 Texas Tech before earning a win against Stetson on Saturday. The Wolverines dropped all three to the Red Raiders, 2-11, 3-10, and 5-8, struggling against an efficient Texas Tech offense while failing to convert Wolverine hits into runs often enough to challenge in games one and two. Michigan overpowered Stetson, however, 16-6, to earn a small measure on consolation on the weekend. The team now stands at 15-7 on the year. They’ll next play today and tomorrow against San Jose State.
Softball sweeps Nebraska in weekend series. Michigan stretched its win streak to seven on the softball diamond this past weekend with a three-game sweep of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Wolverines were in control all weekend, winning 8-0, 7-2, and 12-0. Nebraska mustered only eight hits across the three games, with the two runs scored in game two coming off a home run. The team is now 19-10 (3-0) on the season. They’ll next play at Central Michigan this afternoon.