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Michigan softball shuts out Alabama in WCWS opener


The No. 3-seeded University of Michigan softball team used stingy pitching and a pair of home runs to knock off No. 5 Alabama, 5-0, in its opening game of the Women’s College World Series on Thursday evening (May 28) at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Sophomore leftfielder Kelly Christner gave U-M an early advantage with a first-inning solo shot, and senior catcher Lauren Sweet added breathing room in the fourth, pounding out a her second grand slam of the season. The home runs accounted for two of the Wolverines’ four hits off Alabama All-American Alex Osorio. Junior second baseman Sierra Romero and junior rightfielder Kelsey Susalla also posted hits in the four-run fourth.

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ESPN’s John Goodman released his latest preseason men’s college basketball poll, and six Big Ten teams land in the top 25. Maryland comes in at No. 1, a popular pick among experts.

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