NCAA Softball Tournament 2012: Michigan Eliminated By Alabama

Michigan lost again to Alabama on Friday, ending its season. The Crimson Tide rallied for a 4-3 victory.

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2012 NCAA Softball Tournament: Alabama Eliminates Michigan In Super Regional

After falling to Alabama on Thursday night, Michigan needed two wins on Friday to advance to the Women's College World Series. Early on in Friday afternoon's game, Michigan appeared to be in pretty good shape, at least in their quest to force a third and deciding game in the Super Regional series. However, Alabama battled back and ended up winning by a score of 4-3, sending the Wolverines packing and ending their season.

Unlike Thursday's game, Michigan got off to a good start on Friday afternoon. The Wolverines picked up a run in the bottom of the first, and although Alabama tied things up in the top of the second, Michigan retook the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning. At that point, Michigan was up 3-1 and in pretty good shape. Things fell apart in the fifth inning when a two-run homer tied the game. Alabama then took the lead with a run in the sixth, and Michigan was unable to make a comeback, losing 4-3.

The loss ends Michigan's season and quest to return to the WCWS for the first time in three years. On the flip side, Alabama is now off to the WCWS for the second year in a row.

You can check out the full 2012 NCAA softball tournament bracket right here.

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2012 NCAA Softball Tournament: Michigan Falls To Alabama In Game 1 Of Super Regional

If Michigan wants to return to the Women's College World Series for the first time since 2009, it will need a pair of wins against Alabama on Friday. This is because Michigan lost to Alabama in the opening game of its Super Regional in the 2012 NCAA softball tournament on Thursday night. The Crimson Tide rolled to a 4-1 victory over Michigan, putting themselves one win away from the WCWS.

Michigan got off to a slow start against Alabama and could never recover. The Crimson Tide took a 1-0 lead in the second inning and then added three more runs in the fifth inning. Michigan got one run back in the top of the sixth, but that was all the damage the Wolverines were able to do on Thursday night. Alabama went on to win by a score of 4-1.

Here's a look at the schedule for Friday's games in the best-of-three series (all times Eastern):

Thursday, May 24

Game 1: Alabama def. Michigan, 4-1

Friday, May 25

Game 2: Michigan at Alabama (4:30 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3)

Game 3 (if necessary): Michigan at Alabama (7 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN3)

You can check out the full 2012 NCAA softball tournament bracket right here.

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2012 NCAA Softball Tournament Bracket Update: Michigan Beats Louisville, Advances To Super Regional

After beating Louisville on Saturday, Michigan needed only one more victory over the Cardinals on Sunday to advance to the Super Regional round of the 2012 NCAA softball tournament. The Wolverines got that victory in one try on Sunday afternoon, defeating Louisville by a score 4-0. Michigan is now headed to Tuscaloosa next week to take on Alabama in a best-of-three series with a trip to the College World Series on the line.

Unlike on Saturday, Sunday's win over Louisville wasn't too dramatic. There was no late rally by Louisville, and there wasn't a walk-off win by Michigan. Instead, the Wolverines took an early 3-0 lead after two innings and then added another run in the fourth to make it 4-0. While Louisville did put a couple runners on in the bottom of the seventh, none were able to score. Michigan won 4-0 and can now set its sights on Alabama.

The Crimson Tide, the second overall seed in the NCAA softball tournament, cruised through their regional. Alabama beat UT Martin 5-1 in its first game and then beat South Alabama 5-2 on Saturday. Alabama finished off South Alabama again on Sunday with a 6-0 victory to advance and face Michigan.

Below is a recap of the scores from the Louisville Regional. Dates and start times for Michigan's series against Alabama will be out later.

Friday, May 18

Game 1: Michigan def. Kentucky, 3-2
Game 2: Louisville def. Valparaiso, 6-4

Saturday, May 19

Game 3: Michigan def. Louisville, 2-1
Game 4: Kentucky def. Valparaiso, 5-4
Game 5: Louisville def. Kentucky, 3-2

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Michigan def. Louisville, 4-0

You can check out the full 2012 NCAA softball tournament bracket right here.

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2012 NCAA Softball Tournament Bracket Update: Michigan Advances On Another Walk-Off

It has been a walk-off kind of weekend so far for the Michigan softball team. On Friday, Michigan beat Kentucky by a score of 3-2 on a walk-off double. On Saturday, the Wolverines upset Louisville, the host team of their regional, with a different kind of walk-off. Michigan's Caitlin Blanchard was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the Wolverines a 2-1 victory and sending them to the regional final on Sunday.

Just like Friday, Michigan had to shake off a rough top of the seventh inning on Saturday. The Wolverines entered the seventh inning up 1-0, but they blew the lead by giving up a run on a sacrifice fly. Louisville wasn't able to take the lead, and Michigan wasn't able to score in the bottom of the seventh. In the eighth, Michigan held Louisville scoreless. In the bottom of the inning, Michigan put runners on first and third thanks to a blown call at third base. Michigan capitalized by taking a walk to load the bases, and the game came to an end when Blanchard was hit on the very first pitch of her at-bat.

With the 2-1 loss, Louisville was sent to the loser's bracket. There, the Cardinals took on Kentucky, which eliminated Valparaiso with a 5-4 victory following the Michigan game. Kentucky was eliminated on Saturday night with a 3-2 loss to Louisville, setting up a rematch between the Cardinals and Wolverines in the regional final. If Michigan wins the first game, it will advance to the next round of the 2012 NCAA softball tournament. If Louisville wins, then another game to decide the winner of the regional will be necessary.

Here's a look at the updated bracket for the Louisville Regional:

Friday, May 18

Game 1: Michigan def. Kentucky, 3-2
Game 2: Louisville def. Valparaiso, 6-4

Saturday, May 19

Game 3: Michigan def. Louisville, 2-1
Game 4: Kentucky def. Valparaiso, 5-4
Game 5: Louisville def. Kentucky, 3-2

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Michigan vs. Louisville (1 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN3)
Game 7 (if necessary): Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser (3:30 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN3)

You can check out the full 2012 NCAA softball tournament bracket right here.

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