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Michigan softball rolls in regional opener, 'great battle' awaits

(Photo: Daniel Mears, Detroit News)

Ann Arbor — And now comes the real test for the Michigan softball team.

The Wolverines were not expected to struggle with St. Francis (Pa.), which entered with a 29-29 record, and didn't. They cruised to an 8-0 run-rule shutout in six innings in their NCAA Regional opener Friday at Alumni Field.

Michigan (44-11), hosting a regional for the first time since 2016, has won 32 of its last 33 games and remains unbeaten at home.

But now for the real challenge. The Wolverines will play James Madison (48-7), which arrived disappointed it did not earn one of the 16 seeds to host a regional, at noon Saturday.