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Tuesday Morning Brews: Direct hits

Sports, Michigan sports here

Alonzo Highsmith

Happy Tuesday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. Spring is in the air, or at least it was when I wrote this on Monday afternoon. That means spring sports should be hitting their strides, and that’s certainly the case for softball and baseball who keep turning in strong weekend performances. Also this morning we’re checking in with women’s lacrosse and tennis, before wrapping up with a spot of football.

Let’s get to it:

Softball sweeps the Hoosiers for 15-straight. Another weekend, another series sweep for Michigan softball. Carol Hutchins’ Wolverines kept on rolling this past weekend, beating Indiana 4-1, 3-2, and 7-6. The team also beat up on Toledo, 24-3, during mid-week action last week. Sunday’s 7-6 win over Indiana required some heroics, as Mackenzie Nemitz lined a full-count pitch to right center with two out to double home the winning runs. The team is now 27-10 (9-0) on the year. They’ll be back in action against Ohio State next weekend.

Baseball wins series against Minnesota. Baseball also had a pretty strong weekend on the diamond, bouncing back from a Friday defeat to win the weekend series against Minnesota. On Friday, Michigan’s comeback from a 6-2 deficit came up short as the Wolverines could only muster one run in the sixth and ninth innings, despite multiple runners on base in each. On Saturday, Michigan was much more efficient, recording five runs on nine hits—and on Sunday the Wolverines cruised to an 8-0 victory. The team now stands at 22-8 (4-1) on the season. They’ll next play this afternoon and tomorrow against Indiana State.

Women’s tennis edges Illinois. Much like softball, women’s tennis has quite a streak going in league play. With this past weekend’s win over Illinois, the team has won eight straight. That streak has included victories over two Top-25 ranked teams, and all have taken place in conference. The streak has the team at 13-4 (9-0) on the year. They’ll next play at Florida on Thursday, before concluding their regular season at Rutgers on Saturday and at Maryland on Sunday.

Women’s lacrosse falls to No. 2 Maryland. All good things come to an end, and that was especially true for women’s lacrosse this past weekend. After an historic 13-win run to start their season, the team finally lost this past weekend to No. 2 Maryland. It wasn’t a pretty loss either. The Wolverines managed only one goal in the first half and only two in the second, losing 3-14 to the undefeated Terrapins. At 13-1 (3-1), the team is still having their best season ever. They’ll look to bounce back against Rutgers this Saturday.

Oh, how things have changed. If that isn’t the tagline of Tru Wilson’s college career thus far, it very well could be. Wilson was the surprise success in last year’s backfield, and he’s looking to continue that role in the coming season. Aaron McMann has a profile of Wilson over at MLive, and I recommend taking a look. Last year, Wilson was a walk-on. This year, McMann says, “the situation is very different. Wilson, who earned a scholarship last fall and worked his way up the depth chart, is currently taking reps with the first team. And while he may not end up there by the time plays begins this fall, there’s little doubt he will play a pivotal role in the Wolverines’ rushing game.” Check out the full write up above.