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Michigan softball tops UCLA in WCWS winner's bracket

For the second time in three games, No. 3 Michigan overcame an early three-run deficit, surging past No. 7 UCLA, 10-4, in its winner’s bracket matchup Friday night at the NCAA Women’s College World Series. [ MORE: Get box score, recap & video ] With their 27th consecutive victory, the Wolverines earn a day off and will resume play against the emerging team from the bottom half of the loser’s bracket at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday. Michigan’s offense exploded for 15 hits — its best of the NCAA Tournament to date — and after UCLA retied the game in the

Michigan softball shuts out Alabama in WCWS opener

No. 3 Michigan 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 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tournament bracket ] The Wolverines, winners of 26 consecutive games, will play No. 7 UCLA at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday night. Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa (31-4) was superb from the circle, scattering four hits and a walk while fanning six Crimson Tide batters en route to her 11th complete-game shutout of the season. Sophomore leftfielder Kelly

Michigan rallies by Georgia, advances to Women's College World Series

The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan softball team rallied from an early deficit and staved off a late comeback to knock off No. 14 Georgia, 7-6, and claim an NCAA Super Regional sweep on Friday evening in front of 2,582 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. With the victory — their 24th in a row — the Wolverines advanced to the Women’s College World Series for the 11th time in program history and second time in three seasons. Senior LHP Haylie Wagner (22-2) earned the victory in relief, striking out six while allowing three runs — two

Michigan tops Georgia in NCAA Softball Super Regional opener

No. 3 Michigan used a couple big innings, including a four-run first, to claim a 10-3 decision against No. 14 Georgia in its NCAA Super Regional opener on Friday evening in front of 2,136 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tourney bracket ] The win gives the Wolverines a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. The teams will square off again at 6 p.m. ET Friday on ESPNU. If a third game is necessary, it will be televised on ESPN at 9 p.m. Sophomore RHP Megan Betsa (30-4) recorded her third

Michigan rolls to fourth consecutive NCAA regional championship

No. 3 Michigan posted several big innings, including a five-run first inning, to clinch its fourth straight NCAA Regional crown with a 10-3 decision over Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tourney bracket ] The Wolverines (54-6) will host Georgia, the winner of the Athens Regional, in a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional next weekend at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Game dates and times will be announced when finalized by the NCAA. Michigan exploded for 12 hits as eight different Wolverine players tallied at least one base knock, including three with multiple hits. Freshman

Softball: Nebraska's season ends with NCAA Tournament loss to LSU

The Nebraska softball team fought to the very end with No. 5 national seed LSU on the Tigers’ home field, but the Huskers came up just short in a season-ending 3-2, 10-inning loss on Saturday night. Both teams plated a single run in the fourth inning and LSU scored twice in the top of the 10th inning. The Huskers answered with one run in the bottom of the 10th inning and had the tying and winning runs on base with one out, but NU could not complete the rally. Junior right-hander Emily Lockman (18-14) was the hard-luck loser in one

Softball: Wildcats' season ends with NCAA Tourney loss to Notre Dame

Northwestern’s 2015 season came to a close Saturday at the NCAA South Bend Regional following a loss to No. 16 overall seed and Region host Notre Dame at Melissa Cook Stadium. After dropping a tight, entertaining 5-4 battle with Kentucky in the opening round of the tournament Friday, NU’s year simply ran out of gas in a 14-5 (5) run-rule decision Saturday against the 21st ranked Irish. Northwestern concludes the season with a 28-23 overall record after qualifying for its 10th NCAA Tournament field in the last 14 years. The Wildcats faced the nation’s sixth-toughest nonconference schedule in 2015 and

Softball: Michigan cruises by California in NCAA Regional matchup

The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan softball team hammered out four home runs, including three to highlight a five-run fourth inning, and claimed a 9-1, six-inning victory over No. 19 California in NCAA Regional action on Saturday afternoon (May 16) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. The Wolverines will await their opponent for Sunday’s (May 17) NCAA Regional championship game, slated for a 3:30 p.m. start at the Wilpon Complex. Freshman designated player Aidan Falk was one of the Wolverines’ four home-run hitters, headlining the U-M offense with a 3-for-3, two-RBI effort from the plate. Junior centerfielder Sierra

Minnesota falls to Arizona in NCAA Softball Tournament game

The No.15/11 Minneosta softball team dropped its second game of NCAA Tournament play to No. 12 overall seed and regional host Arizona, 5-1, at Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. Saturday. The Gophers will play the winner of an elimination game between New Mexico State and St. John’s Saturday evening at 7:30 CT for a spot in Sunday’s regional championship against the Wildcats. Following a scoreless first inning, Katiyana Mauga got Arizona on the board first in the bottom of the second with a solo home run. The Wildcats put two more runners on base before an out was recorded, but