Michigan Softball reaches program milestone tonight

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on April 11th, 2018 at 10:50 PM

Michgian Softball's 1-0 win over MSU was the 1700th win in program history.

Michigan's all-time record is 1700-593-5 (.741).

Hutch has 1537 of those 1700 wins. She's been coaching us to 90% of our all-time victories. Think about the stat. The program has been around since 1978. 

More statistical marvels from other all-time records-

B1G Record: 605-186 (.765)

Home Record: 587-147-1 (.799)

Road Record: 552-238 (.699)

Neutral Site Games: 561-208-4 (.728)

 

Oh by the way, Michigan is 89-28 against MSU all-time, winning 20 of the last 21.

Mel Pearson threw out the first pitch tonight-

Comments

Alton

April 12th, 2018 at 10:37 AM ^

When these weekends with inclement weather happen, the schedule changes on an hourly basis.

Basically, Rutgers shows up Friday afternoon, they leave Sunday afternoon after a stay of at least 48 hours, and Michigan has the responsibility to try to get in 3 games during that interval (the only rule is no more than 2 games in a day).  So what will happen, probably, is they try to play a DH on Friday and then spend all day Saturday and Sunday trying to finish up the Friday DH and then play game 3.  

The "Friday-Saturday-Sunday" series is just a convenient fiction when there is precipitation or very cold weather in the forecast.  Looking at the weather this weekend, there might not be any play after the rain starts on Friday.

goblue16

April 12th, 2018 at 1:31 AM ^

Michigan softball is one of the few women’s sport at Michigan that’s watchable and has been for a very long time. I hope women’s basketball and lacrosse can get to a high enough level. HAIL!!

Maize4Life

April 12th, 2018 at 6:18 AM ^

Much besides Softball, Michigan Women are nationally competitive in Gymnastics, Cross Country, Swimming, Water polo,Field Hockey, Rowing , Tennis and Volleyball.. Michigan has a Very good Womens program in a wide range of sports..Your comment was spoken like a true male chauvinist pig

Blue_by_U

April 12th, 2018 at 9:11 AM ^

Track and Field. James Henry has had a good thing going for a long time. While I was part of the men's program, we didn't always see the logic in what he was doing, but looking back, he was pioneering the women's rise. He has done a tremendous job grooming and recruiting some top level nationally competitive teams and All-American athletes. Top notch coach. He's sincerely a great guy. I will never forget going into a full on quadriceps cramp/spasm at the end of a practice. He was there in a flash with ice, trying to massage out the cramp, doing everything in his power trying to help. Gained a ton of respect for him, he cares about athletes beyond wins and losses. 

Steves_Wolverines

April 12th, 2018 at 3:22 AM ^

When you throw out the first pitch at a softball game, I assume you need to throw it underhand, like the way a softball is actually pitched? What would the reaction be if someone threw out the first pitch with an overhand motion instead?

charblue.

April 12th, 2018 at 10:39 AM ^

totally disrespecting the game and players who participate. Fastpitch softball is a highly skilled game. It takes years to master every element of the game. And I fell in love of the women's game in Ann Arbor, and enjoy watching and officiating it at all age levels. Fastpitch when played well, as is the case year in and year out at Michigan, is totally enjoyable.

Blue_by_U

April 12th, 2018 at 9:22 AM ^

you consider she coaches a truly warmth dependent sport where every advantage is given to the southern/western/warm climate teams and she still contends and even wins regionals, super regionals, national titles. I would even argue the level of competition in the B1G is a byproduct of her success. I know many of her players have gone on to coach at other programs and the success of Michigan has cause rivals to step up their game.

Hutch is softball legend with what she has done at Michigan and she was good from the start.

Feat of Clay

April 13th, 2018 at 12:43 AM ^

This sounds pretty dismissive of a program that has been in the national spotlight for a long time AND which is unusual for its region. Most of the top softball teams in the country don’t have to travel for the first month of each season to avoid playing in snow.

Kevin13

April 12th, 2018 at 10:02 AM ^

those are some very lofty numbers and show just how dominate of a program Hutch has built at UM. She is one of the greatest coaches if not the greatest to ever coach a sport at UM.  Congrats to the program on win 1700

jblaze

April 12th, 2018 at 2:41 PM ^

I don't know anything about Softball, but a quick wikipedia search showed that Michigan has one National Championship (2005). Any particular reason for this, given the dominance in winning percentage?