Michigan named No. 2 overall seed of NCAA Tournament

Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 9:38pm

The No. 2 Michigan softball team was defeated by No. 23 Minnesota, 4-3, in the championship of the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday.

Though the loss ended the Wolverines’ 19-game winning streak and prevented them from winning a second consecutive conference tournament, it did not appear to affect their national standing, if at all, in the eyes of the Division I Softball Committee.

Sunday night, Michigan (21-2 Big Ten, 46-5 overall) was revealed as the No. 2 overall seed of the tournament, guaranteeing that the Wolverines will host an NCAA Regional and, if they reach it, a Super Regional. This marks the third time in the past four seasons that Michigan will host an NCAA Regional.

Florida is the No. 1 overall seed, while Oklahoma — featuring senior second baseman Sierra Romero’s younger sister Sydney — and Auburn are No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Michigan will face Valparaiso (8-14 Horizon League, 18-32 overall) in the first game, while Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio) will play in the other side of the regional bracket.

The Wolverines are 15-1 at home this season, with the only loss coming at the hands of Northwestern in the conference opener March 25.