On Friday, No. 15 seed Michigan softball will face off with St. Francis (PA) in the first game of the NCAA Regional. A win advances the Wolverines to a second game against the winner of the DePaul-James Madison matchup.
As a fringe top-16 team entering the Big Ten Tournament, the Michigan softball team had to win it all in order to be considered as a potential host for a regional. The Wolverines did just that, earning the No. 15 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, and the seniors are thrilled to have one more shot with the home crowd.
Two weeks ago, it seemed out of the cards. But after a pair of massive dominoes fell into place, the Michigan softball team was selected as one of the 16 host sites for the four-team regional round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
Junior third baseman Madison Uden produced at pivotal moments in the Big Ten Tournament over the weekend. In five of the last six weekends, Uden has contributed a home run to Michigan’s surging offense and in the last 27 games, she’s averaged almost one RBI per game.
Softball beat writers Akul Vijayvargiya and Daniel Dash break down Michigan's Big Ten Tournament wins over No. 9 Illinois, No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 3 Minnesota. On Saturday, the Wolverines claimed their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2015.
BLOOMINGTON — Though Minnesota is just the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, it brings the greatest challenge the top-seeded Michigan softball team has faced since the weekend the Wolverines defeated then-No. 2 UCLA and then-No. 5 Washington in the beginning of March.