Michigan softball drops NCAA Tournament opener to Notre Dame

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Aidan Falk had one of Michigan's three hits against Notre Dame.

After stumbling into the NCAA Tournament, Michigan was tripped up in its opener by Notre Dame, 4-1, Friday at John Cropp Stadium in the Lexington, Kentucky Regional.

The Wolverines (43-12) were held to three hits  a second-inning single by Madison Uden, a fifth-inning single by Aidan Falk and seventh-inning double by Natalie Peters — by Fighting Irish pitcher Alexis Hollaway.

BOX SCORE: Notre Dame 4, Michigan 1

Michigan freshman ace Meghan Beaubien did her best to counter in the pitchers' duel, scattering six hits and three walks in 6.2 innings but gave up a sacrifice fly to Notre Dame's Melissa Rochford in the first and was chased after a two-out, two-run double by Morgan Reed in the seventh.

Cait Brooks added an RBI single to cap a three-run seventh for Notre Dame (33-21).

Michigan rallied with two outs in the bottom half of the inning as Peters drove in Katie Alexander with an RBI double down the right-field line and Tera Blanco drew a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. But Hollaway ended the comeback bid by getting Faith Canfield to bounce into a fielder's choice to end it.

Michigan will look to keep its season alive against the loser of Kentucky vs. Illinois-Chicago in an elimination game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Kentucky vs. Illinois-Chicago game was postponed by weather until 10 a.m. Saturday.

LEXINGTON REGIONAL

Friday

Game 1: No. 3 Notre Dame 4, No. 2 Michigan 1

Game 2: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 4 Illinois-Chicago (postponed)

Saturday

Game 2: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 4 Illinois-Chicago, 10 a.m.

Game 3: Notre Dame vs. Game 2 winner, noon

Game 4: Michigan vs. Game 2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, noon

Game 7 (if necessary): Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 2:30 p.m.

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