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Saturday, May 21, 2011

The seeded teams have been holding their own, for the most part, thus far. However, No. 10 seed Michigan has lost to Kentucky, 7-6, in early Saturday play. The Wolverines' furious comeback attempt from a 7-0 deficit, consisting of a run in the sixth and 5 in the seventh, fell just short. I'll be posting occasional updates throughout the weekend.

In other play early Saturday, UCLA jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead over No. 4 seed Florida, but the Gators came back for a 4-2 victory.

As Saturday's play unfolds, things are not going so well for the national seeds, after all. In addition to the Michigan loss...

Houston scored a run in the first against No. 3 seed Texas, and made it hold up in a 1-0 victory.

Oklahoma State has just spanked No. 14 Tennessee, 6-1.

DePaul has outlasted No. 5 Missouri, 2-1, in 11 innings.

As Saturday's play moved toward early evening, Michigan seemed virtually certain to be the first seeded team to be shown the door. Having already lost to Kentucky earlier in the day, the Wolverines trailed Notre Dame 8-3 after 5 1/2 innings. However, Michigan rallied for 6 runs in the bottom of the sixth and held off a Fighting Irish threat in the top of the seventh (runner on third with one out) to remain alive, 9-8. It's now Kentucky and Michigan for the regional championship on Sunday, with the Wildcats only needing to win once and the Wolverines, twice.

Now, it looks as if the dubious distinction of being the first seeded team to be eliminated may fall upon the University of Texas, as the Longhorns trail Louisiana-Lafayette 5-0. Update: Yep, Texas is gone, with a 5-3 loss to ULL.

No. 12 Washington, whose regional started a day before all the others, has become the first team to win a regional and advance to next weekend's super-regionals. The Huskies knocked off BYU today, 7-5.