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Coming off their third straight NEC softball championship victory on Saturday, the St. Francis Red Flash learned that they’ll face No. 15 overall seed – and Ann Arbor Regional host – Michigan at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. 

The Wolverines (43-11) captured their 10th Big Ten championship on Saturday, defeating Minnesota, which picked up the No. 7 overall seed. 

Joining St. Francis and Michigan in the four-team, double-elimination regional are Big East champion DePaul (34-14) and Colonial Athletic Conference winner James Madison (47-7). 

The Blue Demons and Dukes will play at 2 p.m. on Friday. 

By the time that Friday’s game, which will be broadcast on ESPNU, begins, Michigan will have gone over a month since its last loss. The Wolverines’ 2-1, eight-inning setback against Ohio State in Columbus on April 13 has been followed by 14 straight wins, all in the Big Ten. 

That loss to the Buckeyes was Michigan’s lone loss against conference foes this season. 

James Madison handed Michigan one of its 10 nonconference losses on March 7, picking up a 3-0 win in nine innings in Tempe, Arizona.

The Red Flash exited the tournament in two games this past year, falling to Arizona (1-0) and Mississippi State (11-5) in Tucson, Arizona, where St. Francis also played in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, going 1-2.   

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