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2012 NCAA Softball Tournament Bracket Update: Michigan Advances Past Kentucky

Heading into the seventh inning of Friday's opener in the Louisville Regional of the 2012 NCAA softball tournament, Michigan held a 1-0 lead against Kentucky. In fact, the Wolverines appeared to be well on their way to winning the game before Kentucky rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the inning.

Now trailing 2-1, Michigan needed a rally of its own, and they put one together thanks to a double by Sara Driesenga with two outs. Michigan was down to its last strike, but Driesenga's double plated two runs and gave Michigan a 3-2 victory, putting the Wolverines in the winner's bracket and the Wildcats in the loser's bracket.

In the second game of the day, there was also a walk-off victory. Louisville trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh and needed at least one run to keep the game going. Instead, the Cardinals got three on a walk-off home run by Alicja Wolny, giving them a 6-4 victory.

Louisville and Michigan will now play each other at 3 p.m. on Saturday, with the loser taking on the winner of a game between Kentucky and Valparaiso.

Here's a look at the updated bracket for the Louisville Regional (all times Eastern):

Friday, May 18

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

Saturday, May 19

Game 3: Michigan vs. Louisville (3 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3)
Game 4: Kentucky vs. Valparaiso (5:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3)
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner (8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3)

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner (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.