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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

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

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.

Michigan walks off again, moves on to regional final

Sophomore catcher Caitlin Blanchard was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to push the winning run across as the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan softball team defeated No. 9-ranked Louisville, 2-1, in eight innings in the NCAA Regional on Saturday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium. It is Michigan’s second consecutive walk-off win of the regional. Read full recap at MGoBlue.com and view the interactive NCAA bracket.

Michigan, NU win, advance to winner's bracket

Five-time reigning Big Ten champ Michigan and Northwestern won their opening NCAA games Friday to advance to the winner’s bracket Saturday. The Wolverines got a walk-off win against Kentucky, 3-2, and the Wildcats shut out No. 6 Texas, 2-0. Up Saturday: Michigan plays Louisville and Northwestern takes on Houston. View the interactive NCAA bracket and read recaps in this post. MICHIGAN 3, KENTUCKY 2 Facing a 3-2 count with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, freshman RHP Sara Driesenga doubled down the left-field line to score two runs as the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan softball team rallied

Two Teams Prep for NCAA Tourney

Big Ten softball’s regular-season champion Michigan and Northwestern play their NCAA Tournament openers on Friday. The Wolverines open at 4:30 p.m. ET in the Louisville regional against Kentucky, and yopu can find lot of good softball stuff on the team’s page at MGoBlue.com. Meanwhile, NUsports.com has you covered as the Wildcats face Texas in Austin regional Friday at 5 p.m. ET. The first-round regionals are double elimination and a great way to track all games is on the NCAA.com interactive bracket. The B1G Diamond Report show will cover both of these teams on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.