Monday, May 11, 2009
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Michigan stands alone atop the
Big Ten for the first time since 2005
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Seniors Teddi Ewing and Megan Gregory lift the Big Ten trophy at Alumni Field Friday.
The Wolverines won 21 oftthe last 22 games to finish their Big Ten title season.
By Michael Florek ( Daily Sports Writer
EAST LA NSING-As Seniors'Teddi Ewing and Megan
Gregory stood by home plate of Alumni Field for their
final regular season game Friday, they were handed a
new addition to the Michigan softball family.
A Big Ten title - the 13th in program history.
As they lifted the trophy to a huddle of teammates, the 1,832 fans at
Alumni Field erupted into rousing applause. The Wolverines had given
coach Carol Hutchins her first title since their National Championship run
in the 2005 season.
After Friday's 8-2 victory, their final regular seasongame ended in a 2-1
loss to Michigan State, but the game meant little for the overall standings.
The eighth-ranked Wolverines had already won the conference title.
"It goes to show you how hard we've worked," junior Angela Findlay said.
"We made a commitment as a teamto focus on playing one-pitch softball."
After sharingthe regular season title with Northwestern last year, this
was Michigan's first outright Big Ten title since 2005.
"It is a big difference (to win outright)," Findlay said. "Last year we
didn't really get to celebrate or anything. ... We got our stuff a couple
weeks later - it definitely wasn't as exciting."
Despite the score, clinchingthe championship wasn't easy. Findlay gave
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