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
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
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
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
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
For the sixth time and the first time since 2005, Michigan swept the Big Ten regular season and postseason titles.
Four Big Ten teams were selected to the 2015 NCAA Softball Tournament, as announced on the NCAA Selection Show Sunday night. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern will represent the conference in this year’s bracket, which will get underway on Thursday with regional action. Michigan will host the Ann Arbor Regional as the No. 3 seed. Michigan advances to its 23rd NCAA Tournament, having appeared in every event since 1995. The Wolverines, who have advanced to 10 Women’s College World Series in program history, enter NCAA play having won the Big Ten
Michigan junior Sierra Lawrence has developed into one of the top outfielders in the Big Ten conference. She showed the college softball world just how talented she is on Saturday night in the Big Ten Softball Tournament championship game. With Nebraska trailing Michigan 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Huskers senior Steph Pasquale drove a pitch to deep center. The ball looked like it was a sure bet to clear the center field fence, but then Lawrence jumped up and made an incredible catch, robbing Pasquale of a home run. Best of all: The reaction of Michigan pitcher
Michigan sophomore Megan Betsa has been nearly unhittable this season for the Wolverines. It was the same story on Saturday as Betsa tossed a complete-game gem, striking out 10 Northwestern batters and leading Michigan to an impressive 9-0 victory over the Wildcats in a Big Ten Conference Tournament semifinal matchup. Betsa allowed just one hit and didn’t walk a single batter in the victory. It marked her 11th double-digit strikeout game this season. With the win, Michigan will advance to the Big Ten Tournament championship game, where they will face the winner of today’s Nebraska-Iowa semifinal matchup. First pitch of
Day 3 of the 2015 Big Ten Softball Tournament featured three outstanding games, but in the end, it was the Michigan Wolverines who took home the conference tournament crown.