Michigan finds out where road to OKC starts, a semi-sweet weekend for tennis, a sweep weekend for baseball and more
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Today is Monday, May 15, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…
Michigan’s road to another appearance in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City will begin in Seattle.
The Wolverines (41-11-1) are the No. 2 seed in the Seattle regional, behind host Washington (43-11), the NCAA announced Sunday night when it released its tournament bracket. Washington is the No. 6 national seed and will face Montana in its opener of the four-team, double-elimination regional. Michigan plays Fresno State (34-21) at 9 p.m. ET on Friday in its first game.
Off to Seattle for the NCAA Regional! We'll open play vs Fresno State at 6pm PT on Friday, live on ESPN2.
— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) May 15, 2017
Michigan reached the WCWS for the 12th time in program history last season. The Wolverines lost to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals last Friday.
Women’s tennis advances, men lose at Stanford
No. 10-seed Michigan beat Youngstown State and Kentucky over the weekend to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament, but the men fell at Stanford after beating Valparaiso in their opening match.
The 16th-seeded Cardinal defeated the Wolverines 4-1, with Carter Lin earning the lone point of the match for Michigan.
The women will play in the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the last eight years after dominating Kentucky in singles play, winning four of five matches, for a 4-2 victory. The Wolverines will face No. 7 Stanford on Friday at 9 a.m. ET at Georgia.
W: Headed back to the Sweet 16!
— Michigan Tennis (@umichtennis) May 14, 2017
Moving up the standings
Michigan baseball closed out a much-needed weekend sweep at Purdue with a 5-1 win Sunday, a win that enabled the Wolverines to move into second place in the Big Ten. Michigan (39-12) is now 14-7 in the conference, leaving it one-half game behind Nebraska (32-17-1, 14-6-1) with one week left in the regular season.
Michigan leads the Big Ten in runs scored (344) and fewest runs allowed (183), and outscored Purdue 16-5 in the three games. Michael Hendrickson shut out Purdue in his six innings of work, striking out seven as he scattered seven hits.
— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) May 14, 2017
- It was a big weekend for the ChadTough Foundation as it held its inaugural Champions for Change Gala.
- A report by the Virginian-Pilot says Michigan coaches will be at a camp at Old Dominion on June 4. That is the 10th camp, the most allowed by the NCAA, that Michigan has been linked to this offseason.
- Gina Sereno won titles in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races, while Jaimie Phelan won the 1,500 to lead Michigan to a fifth-place finish in the Big Ten Track and Field championships at Penn State.
- Joe Ellis won the hammer throw and fellow weight thrower Grant Cartwright had three top-4 placings as the Michigan men’s team finished in eighth place.
- Former Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. is the other side of the story when it comes to breaking into the NFL.