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Michigan to open NCAA softball tournament at home

(Photo: Jose Juarez, Special to Detroit News)

Michigan coach Carol Hutchins, with her team on the cusp of a Big Ten regular-season title, said her goal was for the Wolverines to earn the right to host an NCAA Regional.

Now, with the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles in their possession, the No. 15 seed Wolverines (43-11) will host an NCAA regional next weekend at Alumni Field with games beginning Friday. DePaul (34-14) will face James Madison (47-7) at 2 p.m., followed by Michigan facing St. Francis (Pennsylvania) (29-29). Michigan met James Madison in a tournament game this season in Tempe, Arizona, and lost 3-0.