Great Year Softball!!!!

Submitted by Wolvie3758 on May 25th, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Not bad for a rebuilding year!!!!

5th straight Big Ten Title


9th Super Regionals in 10 years

one of nations toughest schedules

Swept Louisville in Louisville in Regionals


Awesome..Way to represent the Maize n Blue...



Wolverine Devotee

May 25th, 2012 at 7:54 PM ^

Returning next season-

1   Amy Knapp                    SS            SR
2   Brandi Virgil                   OF            JR
4   Taylor Hasselbach         1B/3B       JR
8    Ashley Lane                   2B            SR
10  Sara Driesenga             RHP         SO
11  Lyndsay Doyle               OF            JR
15  Nicole Sappingfield       OF            JR
16  Katie Luetkens              UT            JR
17  Haylie Wagner              LHP          SO
18  Jaclyn Crummey           OF            SR
19  Becca Garfinkel             C              SO
20  Mandy Gardner             1B             JR
21  Stephanie Speierman   RHP          SR
25  Lauren Sweet                C/OF         SO
44  Caitlin Blanchard           C               JR


3    Amanda Chidester      1B
5    Bree Evans                  OF
12  Stephanie Kirkpatrick  3B
14  Hilary Payne                LHP

MGoSoftball is the recruitnik.


May 25th, 2012 at 11:00 PM ^

I think Blanchard will take over at C and Sweet will take Bree's spot at CF. We'll need to replace some serious talent at the corners, but we have two in-field recruits coming in who could fill one or both of those spots. Either way, this is a team that brings back much of their talent, so next year should be even better.


May 25th, 2012 at 11:30 PM ^

Right now, 2 players have signed letters of intent:  Sierra Lawrence is a speedy middle infielder from Norcross, Georgia.  Sierra Romero is a power hitting middle infielder from Murrieta, California.

They can both play anywhere in the field, according to Hutchins.  The article implies that they will announce a couple more signees after the season ends (Michigan can't officially say anything until the letters are signed).  All I can tell is what I can read between the lines of the official release on the Michigan website:

I agree that there is a good chance that Lauren Sweet moves from catcher to outfield.  I'm guessing the outfield will be Sappingfield in left, Doyle in center and Sweet in right.  I also figure one of the freshmen takes over at third and there are a few possibilities at first:  either Lane moves from second to first and the other incoming freshman plays second, or we see Taylor Hasselbach (or Mandy Gardner) move into the lineup at first base.  I'm guessing Hasselbach is our first baseman next year.

I will defer to Mgosoftball's judgment; he probably knows more than I do about such things.


May 26th, 2012 at 12:16 AM ^

Not to steal MGS's thunder, but here are the current Michigan commitments that I know of, and it is a very, very, good group (google for more individual info):



Sierra Romero (SS/2B, Murrieta, CA, Vista Murrieta)

Sierra Lawrence (SS, Norcoss, GA, Greater Atlanta Christian)

Lauren Connell (Not yet signed) (3B/C, West Lafayette, IN, West Lafayette)


2013 (Not yet Signed):

Kelly Christner (OF, Tinley Park, IL, Andrew)

Abby Ramirez (SS/C/2B, Chicago, IL, Trinity)

Megan Betsa (Pitcher, McDonough, GA, Union Grove)


2014 (Not yet Signed)

Tera Blanco (Pitcher, Orange County, CA, Marina)

Amanda Vargas (SS/3B, Orange County, CA, Tesoro)

Taylor Swearingen (3B /SS/2B /OF, Orange County, CA, Canyon, 4.5 GPA)


May 26th, 2012 at 10:17 AM ^

So this is the first time I've payed attention to softball... thanks to this board.  I may be wrong, but it seemed like most of the current team is from Michigan... and most of those recruits are national... is this a new trend that more national recruits are interested in Michigan softball?


May 26th, 2012 at 10:58 AM ^

Right now, Michigan's roster is 8 from Michigan and 11 from the rest of the US (6 CA, 3 IL, 1 TX, 1 MD).  That means that a typical recruiting class is 2 from Michigan and 3 from the rest of the US.

This is mostly speculation, but I think what you are seeing is the fact that Michigan owns recruiting in Michigan, and can wait to get in-state commits, while they want to wrap up commits from out of state as quickly as possible.  So when you look at the early commits, you will only see the out-of-state players listed.  The top in-state players will pick Michigan whenever they are offered.


May 26th, 2012 at 10:36 PM ^

be missed.  She nearly gave her life (literally) for this team.

The Sierra Twins will certainly have an immediate impact.  I dont see Sweet moving to the OF.  I think Sierra will head to RF, Colie takes command in CF and Lyndsay goes to LF.

At 1B, we still have Mandy Gardner.  Coach had her at 1B earlier in the season.  I am not sure what happened (possible injury?) but Chiddy quickly took over.  So I think Mandy takes over for Chiddy.

Wolverine Devotee

May 25th, 2012 at 7:59 PM ^

  • 4 straight B1G championships
  • 1 Women's College World Series appearance
  • 1 NCAA Super Regional Championship
  • 3 NCAA Regional Championships
  • 4 straight NCAA Tournament appearances
  • 4 straight 40+ win seasons

What a great senior class! Thanks for all your hard work ladies!

Gonna be strange next year not seeing Bree Evans at the top of the lineup for Michigan.