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Thursday Morning Brews: Eponymous

But not the like last time

Ricky Powers

Happy Thursday, folks. My thanks to Von for filling in for me on Tuesday Brews. The downside to having a day job, is sometimes you have to work at your day job.

This morning we have a good mix of rev and non-rev favorites, with results from Softball, and Women’s and Men’s lacrosse, and speculation about the future of Michigan Basketball and Football.

As usual, there is a song referenced in this morning’s Brews. There are at least three clues. Clues may be words, phrases, or photos, and may reference lyrics, the artist, or the album. If you think you know this morning’s song, fire away down in the comments.

Let’s get to it:

Softball completes season sweep of MSU. With a stomping of Michigan State at home on Tuesday, Michigan softball completed the season sweep of the Spartans. Much like the game in East Lansing last week, Tuesday’s game was never really in doubt. Carol Hutchins’ squad jumped on Michigan State early, converting 14 hits into 16 runs on the afternoon while holding the Spartans to one run on three hits. The win improves the Wolverines to 34-11 (16-1) on the year. They’ll play their penultimate regular season series against Penn State this weekend.

Women’s Lax ends regular season with another win. Women’s lacrosse put the finishing touches on their regular season on Tuesday, and it was a phenomenal one any way you look at it. With a 14-7 victory against Detroit Mercy, the team more than doubled the program’s previous high-water mark when it comes to wins in a single season (15). The Wolverines also tallied seven victories over Top-25 teams, and their only two losses on the year were on the road to teams ranked No. 6 or better (Maryland and Northwestern). Michigan will now wait to find out their seed for the Big Ten Tournament, where their first game will be on May 3rd.

Men’s Lax drops final road game to Rutgers. Men’s lacrosse has the sort of streak going that you hope not to have in sports, and it is, as they say, ain’t what they call rock and roll. With last Saturday’s 9-11 loss at Rutgers, the team has lost eight straight games—a streak dating back to March 10th. The loss moved the Wolverines to 3-9 (0-4) on the season. They’ll conclude their regular season schedule against No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday.

With the news that there would be no more Poole Parties at the University of Michigan, the question now becomes how to replace Jordan Poole’s offensive production for next year’s team. Orion Sang offered his thoughts in his latest column over at the Free Press. Sang says, “Internal improvement could be expected. Guard Eli Brooks will enter his third year and emerged as a backup during the final stretch of the season. As a recruit, wing Adrien Nunez had a reputation for being a talented shooter. And guard David DeJulius earned spot minutes at the ‘2’ as a freshman.” He also highlights four-star guard recruit Lester Quinones and William & Mary grad. transfer Justin Pierce as potential external options. For the full take, check out Orion’s article above.

On the football front, many Michigan fans are wondering how Don Brown will replace All-American and probable first-round NFL Draft pick Devin Bush. Fortunately, Don Brown isn’t too worried. Of the LB situation, Brown recently said things were, “Unbelievable. Right now, I’m really excited with the direction that group has gone.” On who will actually replace Bush, though, Aaron McMann over at MLive sees two options. He says, “Junior Josh Ross was the favorite to claim the starting gig this spring, but Ross was sidelined for most of the practices with a hamstring injury. As a result, redshirt sophomore Jordan Anthony (3 tackles in 7 games) has taken most of the reps at the position.” For Aaron’s full take, check out his write-up above.