The UM-Dearborn softball team continued their domination this week as they opened the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference play against the Gray Wolves of Lourdes University at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor on Tuesday.

The Gray Wolves scored first with a run in the top of the first inning but then shut down for the rest of the game. The Wolverines scored three runs in the bottom of the third, two in the fourth and sixth innings. They also added a run in the fifth inning to win the game 8-1 in the first of a crucial double-header.

This game would set the tone for conference play and the rest of the season.

The Wolverines as a team had seven hits, six RBI’s, five walks, and three strikeouts. The Gray Wolves had four hits, an RBI, three walks, and six strikeouts. They also left seven on base during the game.

Freshman utility player Aspen Starr led the Wolverines as a designated player in the game where she had two hits including a triple, two RBI’s, scored a run and had a strikeout. Junior Ashlynn Henderson pitched another gem for the Wolverines, picking up her fourth win of the season. She pitched the entire seven innings giving up just four hits including a homerun, a run, three walks, and had six strikeouts. She now has a 4-1 record this season.

The two teams faced off again Tuesday, and the result showed the Wolverines had the Gray Wolves number as they pounded them again for a 9-2 victory.

This time the Wolverines pounced early with a run in the bottom of the second inning and added three more in the bottom of the third inning. The Gray Wolves got on the scoreboard with a run in the top of the fourth inning and another in the top of the sixth. It was not enough though as the Wolverines added two runs in the bottom of the fourth and sixth innings. They also added a run in the bottom of the fifth to win 9-2 and improve their season record to 12-6 and their conference record to 2-0.

The Wolverines as a team had nine hits, six RBI’s and two walks. The Gray Wolves had five hits, two RBI’s, four walks, and a strikeout. They also stranded eight on the bases.

Freshman Erin McCune started the game for the Wolverines pitching three innings and faced 14 batters. She gave up three hits, a run, and two walks. Junior Samantha Torongeau came on in relief to pitch 2.1 innings, faced 12 batters getting the win. She now has a record of 1-2 this season. She gave up two hits, a run, and two walks.

Freshman Madelin Skene finished the game and pitched 1.2 innings facing five batters and had a strikeout.

The Wolverines will continue WHAC play Monday at 3:30 p.m. as they take on the Saints of Siena Heights in Adrian, a game that was moved due to weather concerns. The Wolverines are currently 12-6 overall and 2-0 in the conference.


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Phillip Lutz
Phillip Lutz, 39, is a senior at UM-Dearborn studying Journalism. He is a lifelong Michigan Football fan with season tickets. He has a 22-year-old daughter in college, a 4-year-old son in preschool, and a 1 year old son. He worked as a staff writer for online papers including The Block M insider and the Wolverine Daily. This is his second year as editor of the Sports section. When not in the office he is a stay at home dad and student. He enjoys watching football, reading Star Wars books, and playing free fantasy football.