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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Michigan leaves no doubts in Saturday's NCAA regional play

After a questionable start to play Friday at its own NCAA Division I softball regional, No. 2-ranked Michigan left no questions about anything when play resumed Saturday, closing out a pair of dominant wins that put the Wolverines (48-6) into today’s regional title game.

Michigan will face Notre Dame, the winner of Saturday’s finale in the loser’s bracket, again at 1 p.m., needing just one win to advance to the super regional round. A rematch would be played at 3:30 p.m., should U-M lose the first game.

The way the Wolverines played on Friday — when Wright State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third — it might be possible. The way the Wolverines play from there on out, it appears unlikely that game will be necessary.

Michigan battered the Raiders for eight runs in the bottom of the third — sandwiched around a pair of weather delays — then finished off the win in just six innings, by tacking on three runs in the resumption on Saturday. Nikki Nemitz (21-3) finished what she’d started, not allowing a hit in three innings Saturday morning.

Jordan Taylor (25-3) picked up where Nemitz left off, striking out 11 in a three-hit, five-inning shutout of a Notre Dame squad that came into the tournament leading the nation in batting average. Nemitz and Maggie Viefhaus both had three-run home runs in the win.

Tournament bracket
Division I softball regional at Ann Arbor
Friday’s games

G1: Notre Dame 1, Illinois St. 0 (8 inn.)
G2: Michigan vs. Wright State (suspended, rain)
Saturday’s games
G2: Michigan 11, Wright State 2 (6 inn.)
G3: Michigan 8, Notre Dame 0 (5 inn.)
G4: Wright State 10, Illinois State 8
G5: Notre Dame 6, Wright State 5
Sunday’s games
G6: Michigan vs. Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
G7: G6 winner vs. G6 loser, 3:30 p.m.*
* — if necessary

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