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WCWS roundup: Michigan shuts out Arizona State

Sierra Romero hit a two-run shot for her 23rd home run of the season, Sara Driesenga threw a seven-hit shutout and eighth-seeded Michigan beat Arizona State 2-0 Sunday night in a Women’s College World Series elimination game. Romero’s third-inning smash against starter Dallas Escobedo (30-6) landed on a walkway at the front of the right-field bleachers. Arizona State, the 2008 and 2011 national champions, was shut out for the first time all season. Driesenga (31-8) allowed seven singles and walked three as Michigan (51-12) advanced to another elimination game on Sunday against Washington. The fifth-seeded Sun Devils (50-12) failed to

Michigan, Nebraska fall in WCWS openers

Big Ten-regular season champion Michigan and Nebraska both lost Thursday at the Women’s College World Series. The Wolverines were no-hit en route to a 7-1 defeat to No. 1 seed Oklahoma, while the Huskers lost 4-3 in extra innings to Washington. [ NCAA.com: View the official interactive bracket ] The two teams play elimination games Saturday in Oklahoma City, as Nebraska battles No. 2 seed Florida (noon ET) and Michigan takes on No. 5 seed Arizona State (2:30 p.m. ET).

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Ready for WCWS? BTN re-airs two games tonight

The Big Ten makes up 25 percent of the 2013 Women’s College World Series field. And to get Michigan and Nebraska fans ready for the WCWS, starting Thursday afternoon, BTN/BTN2Go will re-air two games tonight from this season featuring the two Big Ten teams playing each other. [ NCAA.com: View the official interactive bracket ] At 7 p.m. ET, BTN will show Michigan defeats Nebraska (read the full game recap at MGoBlue.com). Watch the highlights below. Then, at 9 p.m., BTN will show a second Nebraska-Michigan game (read the full recap at Huskers.com). Watch the highlights below. The 14th-seeded Huskers

Michigan nips Lafayette, 2-1, advances to WCWS

After being shut out, 5-0, in game two of its NCAA Super Regional series with Louisiana-Lafayette hours earlier, Michigan clinched a spot in the Women’s College World Series with a 2-1 comeback victory in game three Saturday at the Wilpon Complex. [ Huskers.com: Nebraska takes Game 1 at Oregon ] A day after bashing a walkoff home run in game one, senior Ashley Lane roped a go-ahead, two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the fifth of the deciding game, before Sara Driesenga shut the door in the final two innings. [ NCAA.com: View the official interactive bracket

Huskers, Wolverines advance to Sunday regional finals

Two of the Big Ten’s four NCAA softball tourney teams advanced to Sunday’s regional finals. Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan and Nebraska, both regional hosts, are still alive following wins over Cal and Stanford, respectively; the two teams are another win vs. the same teams away from advancing to the second weekend. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Big Ten NCAA action in this post. [ NCAA.com: View the interactive NCAA bracket ] Driesenga, No. 7 Michigan shut out No. 18 California For the second consecutive day, sophomore Sara Driesenga tossed a complete-game shutout as the No. 7 University of Michigan

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Four Big Ten softball teams make NCAA tourney

A quartet of Big Ten softball teams were selected to the NCAA tourney, it was announced late Sunday night. Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan earned the No. 8 national seed and Nebraska the No. 14, while Minnesota and Big Ten tourney champ Wisconsin also made the field. The 64-team tourney is divided into 16, four-team double elimination regionals, which begin Thursday. The 16 regional winners advance to super regionals, where eight will emerge as Women’s College World Series participants. [ NCAA.com: View the interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] MICHIGAN The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan softball team will enter play

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Big Ten Softball Tournament: Day 3

No. 4 Wisconsin upset No. 1 Michigan, 9-3, and No. 3 Minnesota blanked No. 2 Nebraska, 1-0, in the Big Ten tournament semifinals Saturday in Lincoln. Neb. The Badgers and Gophers meet in the championship game at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go. MINNESOTA 1, NEBRASKA 0: Junior Sara Moulton threw her second complete game shutout in as many days, and Kari Dorle’s one-out line drive single off the wall in left center drove in the game’s lone run in the bottom of the sixth, as Minnesota advanced to the Big Ten Tournament title game with a 1-0 win against

Michigan clinches sixth straight Big Ten crown

The Michigan softball team (42-9, 18-2 Big Ten) secured the outright Big Ten Championship and the No. 1 overall seed in the 2013 Big Ten Softball Tournament with its 2-1 victory over Northwestern on Friday. The victory clinches the 16th conference championship in program history and sixth consecutive. [ RELATED: MGoBlue.com recap | MGoBlue.com box score ] Michigan scored once in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Sierra Romero, but Northwestern tied the game when Andrea DiPrima drove in Amy Letourneau in the top of the fourth. The game-winning run came in the bottom of

Alabama rallies, eliminates Michigan softball

The No. 21-ranked University of Michigan softball team jumped out to a 3-1 lead after two innings, but No. 3 Alabama scored three unanswered runs to win the second game of the NCAA Super Regional, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium. The loss eliminated Michigan from the NCAA Tournament. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner picked up the loss after hurling all 7.0 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. [Read full recap at MGoBlue.com and see the interactive NCAA bracket]

Michigan shuts out Louisville in regional final

Freshman pitcher Haylie Wagner hurled a complete game behind a defense that turned three double plays to lift No. 21 Michigan to a 4-0 victory over host and No. 9 Louisville in the NCAA Regional final on Sunday at Ulmer Stadium. U-M will face the winner of the Tuscaloosa regional, which slated No. 2 Alabama and South Alabama in the final Sunday. Read full recap at MGoBlue.com and view the interactive NCAA bracket.