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Michigan softball team comes up short in title game

Michigan softball playing earlier this year in Ann Arbor.

Michigan lost to the defending champion Florida Gators in the final and decisive game of the Women's College World Series last night by a score of 4-1. The Gators scored early in the game and it proved too much for the Wolverines to overcome.

Michigan (60-8 on the season) faced a tough pitcher in Lauren Haeger, the National Player of the Year.

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“Congrats to Florida,” Michigan coach Carol Hutchins said. “They were the best team tonight. They've been one often this season, but they showed up to come after us. That first inning obviously broke our bat. But really, when it comes down to it you have to say Lauren Haeger. She is very deserving of the Most Outstanding Player.” Trailing 4-0 the Wolverines best chance to make it a game came in the top of the third inning. Despite not getting a hit, Michigan loaded the bases against Haeger. Kelly Christner came to bat with two outs. It was the perfect situation for the sophomore who is second on the team in homers and and a .400 batting average. But Haeger reared back and struck Christner out to end the threat and really put the night to bed.

See highlights of the game here.

Mark Brush was the station's Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
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