Seven Softballers on All-Region Teams, Including Quartet on First Team
Softball Thwarts Bears Again to Capture Regional Crown
Romero on Softball All-Region First Team, Three on Second Team
Lawrence Slams, Driesenga Blanks Hawkeyes in Softball's DH Sweep
Postgame Notes: U-M 8, Iowa 6; U-M 8, Iowa 0
U-M prevailed, 9-3, over Iowa on Senior Day.
At Michigan ... NFCA All-Great Lakes Region third team (first base, 2014) ... Big Ten All-Tournament team (2014) ... NFCA All-Great Lakes Region second team (first base, 2013) ... All-Big Ten first team (first base, 2013) ... All-Big Ten third team (catcher, 2011) ...Academics ... Academic All-Big Ten (2014) ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award (2011, 2014).
Senior (2014) ... NFCA All-Great Lakes Region third team (first base) ... Big Ten All-Tournament team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Achievement Award ... Regular Season ... Started all 62 games and led the team in doubles (12) and sacrifice hits (13) ... Tallied 18 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games ... Batted 5-for-7 with 13 RBI following an intentional walk to Sierra Romero ... Went 4-for-9 in the Super Regional against Florida State (May 22-23) ... Smacked a two-run homer that proved to be the game-winner against Arizona State in an elimination game in the Tempe Regional (May 18) ... Collected two hits and knocked in a run vs. San Diego State (May 17) ... Blasted a grand slam vs. Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament (May 9) ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI against Wisconsin (May 3) ... Recorded two doubles, one being a game-winning hit, and three RBI against Minnesota (Apr. 20) ... Went 2-for-3 with two RBIs against Michigan State (Apr. 11) ... Recorded two hits, scored two runs and one RBI against Penn State (Mar. 29) ... Batted 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. Indiana (March 21) ... Collected one double and two RBIs against Louisville (Mar. 15) ... Hit a three-run home run against UCLA (Mar. 6) ... Collected two hits, three RBIs and scored one run against Utah Valley (Mar. 1) ... Went 2-for-4 against Kentucky (Feb. 22) ... Recorded two hits, one RBI and scored one run against Pittsburgh (Feb. 21) ... Went 2-for-4 and scored one run against Kent State (Feb. 21) ... Recorded three hits, four RBIs and scored two runs against Bethune-Cookman (Feb. 9).
Junior (2013) ... All-Big Ten first team (first base)... NFCA Great Lakes All-Region second team (first base) ...Big Ten Player of the Week (May 7) ... Regular Season ... Played in 63 contests, starting 52 at first base, nine at catcher and one at designated player ... Batted .374 with 46 RBI and a team-high 14 doubles ... Collected a team-best 19 multi-hit games ... Put together an 18-game hit streak from March 22 - April 21 ... Tallied two hits in game three of the Super Regional vs. Louisiana Lafayette (May 25) ... Doubled and homered against Northwestern (May 5) for a total of four RBIs ... Drove in four runs against Northwestern (May 4) ... Went 4-for-5 with two RBI at Michigan State (April 14) ... Hit a grand slam against Ohio State (April 6) ... Went 3-for-4 with one RBI vs. Penn State (March 30)... Had the game-winning RBI against Purdue (March 23) ... Hit a home run during a 2-for-2 game against Purdue (March 22) ... Hit a double and collected one RBI against Arizona (March 15) ... Knocked in three runs vs. Boston College (March 5) ... Collected two hits and two RBI vs. Georgia Tech (March 1) ... Went 4-for-6 with a double and two RBI vs. Illinois State (Feb. 22) ... Made first career start at first base and tallied three hits against FAU (Feb. 17) ... Went 2-for-3 against Maryland (Feb. 16) ... Had two hits, including a double, against Samford (Feb. 10).
Sophomore (2012) ... Appeared in 21 games, starting 10 -- nine at catcher and one at designated player ... Limited by injury sustained against UCLA on March 2 ... Delivered game-winning RBI against Louisville in the NCAA Regional (May 19), drawing a bases-loaded HBP in the eighth inning ... Hit an RBI sacrifice fly against Purdue (May 11), accounting for the winning run in a 2-1 contest ... Was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI versus Mississippi State (Feb. 26) ... Went 2-for-3 with a double against Hofstra (Feb. 25).
Freshman (2011) ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient ... All-Big Ten third team (catcher) ... Regular Season ... Started all 59 games -- 52 at catcher and seven at designated player ... Went 2-for-3 vs. Minnesota (May 7) ... Tallied four RBI in Illinois twinbill (April 17) ... Knocked in two RBI on two hits against Purdue (April 9) ... Used an RBI double and a solo homer to drive in both of U-M's runs in a 2-1 decision against Indiana-1 (April 2) ... Keyed Michigan's comeback at Northwestern (March 27) with a two-run fourth-inning single ... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI against Notre Dame at the Judi Garman Classic (March 19) ... Tallied two hits -- a double and a triple -- at Louisville (March 12) ... Recorded a sixth-inning leadoff solo shot vs. Massachusetts at the FAU Kick-Off Classic (Feb. 19) ... Went 2-for-3 vs. Long Island with a RBI triple (Feb. 18) ... Posted first collegiate home run -- a two-run fourth-inning blast -- vs. Ohio (Feb. 19) ... Went 2-for-3 with three RBI in collegiate debut vs. Southern Illinois at the Houston Invitational (Feb. 11).
Prep... Graduated from Summerfield High School (2010) ... National Honor Society ... Honor Roll ... Two-time Tri-County Conference Academic Award recipient (2009, '10) ... Four-time MHSSCA All-State Division 4 first team selection ... Michigan's Miss Softball nominee (2010) ... Helped guide Summerfield HS to the 2010 state championship ... Boasted a .455 batting average and 21 doubles as a senior (2010) ... Hit .662 as a junior (2009) and .516 as a freshman (2007) ... Four-time all-region and all-district first team selection ... Two-year Summerfield HS team captain (2009, '10) ... Also competed in basketball.
Personal... ... Caitlin Marie Blanchard was born on August 21, 1992 ... Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts ... majoring in history ... Daughter of Rodney and Beth Blanchard.
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