5-29-2016 Sunday Day 4 Womens College World Series

Noon     Michigan vs Missouri  (Michigan won first game)
200pm   Auburn vs Arizona  (Arizona won first game)
300pm    Michigan vs Missouri (not necessary)
5-00pm   Arizona vs Auburn  (Game 3)
700pm    UCLA vs Oregon  (Oregon won first game)
10pm       UCLA vs Oregon  (if necessary)(ended1235am ET)

MICHIGAN 5.  MISSOURI 4
Wolverines advance to WCWS
Many ballgames have peaks and valleys, few more sharply defined as the lead changes in this game,  Montemarano posted the first lead for Michigan with a solo shot in the 2nd.  The Tigers tied in the 5th; Romaine singled and scored on Gadbois double,
Missouri seemed to have taken command bottom 6th:  Fagan doubled; an out later, Rathburn was intentionally walked.  Betsa was relieved in the Michigan circle by Dresenga,  Mack hit into a force, Fagan out at 3rd.  Pierce jacked a 3-run homer.  Nash grounded out.  Montemarano opned with a ; Vegas flied ouy; Ramirez laid down a perfect bunt.  Lawrence singled, loading the bases.  Pinch runner Sbonek scored on Romero;s sac fly.  Two out, Chr4istner singled, Ramirez scored.  Susalla doubled, Lawrence scored.   Christner scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.  The Tigers had gone from a 4-1 lead to a 5-4 deficit; now they had to win and force Game 3.  Romaine was hit by a pitch and Betsa returned.  Gadbois forced an out at 2nd, fielder’s choice.  Gadbois stole 2nd then stole 3rd.  Tying run at 3rd, Crane looked at a third strike.  Fagan walked but Sanchez grounded out to 1st, ending the Tigers; season and putting Michigan back in the World Series.  LP Lowary.

AUBURN 4, ARIZONA 1
Auburn, hoping to force a what if game, led 4-1, bottom 6th., and held off the Wildcats.
The Wildcats scored bottom 2nd;  Bowling was hit by a pitch, scoring with two out, when Dotson doubled,  Carosone opened Auburn’s 4th with a single, advancing on interference.  Wallttom ace hbp.  One out, Fagan doubled in two runs.  Gipson singled, Fagan taking 3rd.  McQuillan relieved starter O’Toole.  Po9dany subbed for Fagan,  Jordan hbp.  Bases loaded.  Pinch hitter Abbott popped to short. Howard singled, 2 rbi.  With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Cooper popped to short.  Auburn 4-1.
With 2 out in top 5th, the Tigers loaded the bases but Jordan struck out. UofA stranded two runners in the 5th, and two runners in the 6th.
Wallace walked in the Auburn 7th but a fly ball and two popups left the score 4-1.
In the bottom. Watson singled, but Perez flied out; Hughes hit into fielder’s choice, forcing Watson, Mercado flied to 2nd.  Makayle Martin winning pitcher.
The what if game begins in 30 minutes.

AUBURN def ARIZONA 6-1 (gAME 3) and won the WCWS berth. The story was in an earlier e4dition and we will find it.

OREGON 1, UCLA 2 (9) (Oregon WON THE FIRST GAME)
Oregon leads 1-0 top 7th.  The Ducks scored their run top 1st.  Lilley tripled, scored on Udria’s popup.  Megan Kleist gave up 6 hits but the Ducks held them scoreless through 6. .  Bottom 7th: Jelenicki grounded out.  Maurice hit the second pitch over the fence, tying the game 1-1. Two outs ended the inning,

Oregon 8TH: two quick outs; Lilley doubled but was stranded. UCLA: Bennett singled; Perez fouled out. Spaulding hit into a fieldier’s choice, forcing Bennett.  Spaulding was out for laving early.

Oregon 9th:Costa singled to short; Glasco popped to short.  both Lindvals struck out.  UCLA Sataraka doubled; Taualafua SACRIFICED; jELENICKI SINGLED IN THE WINNING RUN – FORCING A GAME 3,

UClA VS OREGON GAME 3
Winner goes to WCWS
UCLA scored a run top 1st.  Bennett walked.  With two out,  Sataraka singled to center; advanced to0 3rd on an error, Bennett scored.  Lilley and Udria opened the Oregon  half with consecutive singles; a sacrifice put runners in scoring position but the Ducks were stranded.  The game settled into three and outs until the UCLA 4th.  Spaulding walked, scored on Sataraka double.
UCKA 2-0.  UCLA threatened top 6th; Perez singled and Sataraka was given a pass.  Oregon had  threatened with two hits in the 5th, no score, but had a runners on 2nd and 3rd with two out  in the 6th but a popup removed the threat.
The Bruins went down in order to start the 7th.  Sveskis gave hope with a single but two outs followed.  Mercado a pinch runner went to 2nd. Lilley doubled, Mercado scored.  2-1.  Udria flied out.

UCLA is returning to the WCWS where it will play Auburn.

The WCWS bracket:
Georgia plays Florida State,
Auburn plays the winner of UCLA/Oregon – UCLA,

Oklahoma plays Alabama
LSU plays Michigan

5-28-2016 Saturday Super Regionals Day Three

SATURDAY GAMES
Noon       James Madison vs LSU (JMU won first game)
3:00         Missouri vs Michigan
430          Utah vs Florida State (FSU won first game)
530           Alabama vs Washington (Bama won first game)
630           Arizona vs Auburn
930            UCLA vs Oregon

LSU 2, JMU 0
The Tigers evened this series at one win apiece.  A tight defensive contest, LSU scored both runs in the 4th.  Kloss opened with a solo shot.  Thornhill followed with a single, advanced to 2nd on a sac by Quinn.  Serrett singled; Thornhill scored on Gregg’s single.
LSU had 4 hits off Megan Good, but stranded three runners thanks to a double play and force outs.  JMU had 5 hits off Allie Walljasper.  The “what if” game was scheduled for 3pm.

LSU 3, JMU 2  LSU wins WCWS berth
LSU up 1-0 top 4th. Sydney Smith vs Jaiiyn Ford.  Top 1st: With two out, Bell. Jaquish and Kloss singled, Bell scoring on the rbi.  In the JMU 4th, Good tied the score with a homer. LSU broke the tie top 5th: Gregg one out walk; Simmons walked; Landry singled, Gregg scored on an error.  Bell walked, and Good relieved Ford.  Simmons scored on Jaquish sac flly, 3-1.
Moran led the JMU 5th with a single.  Walljasper relieved Smith. One out, Hayes hit by pitch.  Both advanced on a wild pitch.  Two out, Tolle reached on a throwing error from 3rd, Moran scored.  Good was intentionally walked.  Ford popped up.  3-2 LSU.  Tigers had two hits but left bases loaded top 6th.  JMU down in order.  Top 7th: Good retired the Tigers big three – Bell, Jaquish, Kloss — on fly balls.  Bottom 7th: the WC#WS berth on the line.  Prince walked, but Hayes and Field were retired; the Dukes crowd were on their feet when Tolle singled deep and JMU had runners on 2nd and 3rd.  The most dangerous Duke, Good, was given a pass, loading the bases.  Ford struck out swinging,a nd JMU’s Cinderella ride was over.  The LSU Tigers were returning to the WCWS.

MICHIGAN 5, MISSOURI 3
Page Lowery vs Megan Betsa.
Michigan leading 3-2 Top 3rd. Bottom 1st: Lawrence singled; Romero walked; Christner singled; bases loaded; one out, Blanco songled, two runs scored.  Falk and Montemarano hit by pitches, rbi.  Top 3rd: Fagan singled; two out, Rathburn homered, 3-2.  The Wolverines effectively put the game away scoring two runs bottom 5th.  Blanco walked, Montemarano jacked a two-run homer.  Missouri fought back in the 6th; Mack slugged a one-out solo to left field,  Romaine drew a two-out walk, and Gadbois singled.  Crane lined out.  The teams meet again at noon Sunday.

FLORIDA STATE 3, UTAH 0
Miranda Viramontes vs Meghan King.  After three innings, the Seminoles lead 2-0.  Both runs scored in the 3rd.  Two out, Cooper singled, Warren homered.  The 2-0 score held until the 7th.  Rosario singled and stole 2nd.  Kossoff singled.  With one out, Klaevemann laid down a perfect squeeze bunt, Rosario scored.  Cooper hit into a double play.  Down 3-0.  Utah’s Flippen struck out.  Urtez singled but Stewart grounded into a double play, ending the game and punching the Seminole ticket to the WCWS.  King limited the Utes to four hits.

ALABAMA 5,  WASHINGTON 2
Alabama advances to the WCWS.  The Tide leapfrogged into the lead with four runs in top #3, fueled by Dykes 3-run homer.  Turner singled and scored on Hawkins single.   UW answered with 2 runs in the bottom. DePonte doubled, scored on Aguilar single.  Souza singled, prompting Bama to substitute Osorio for Littlejohn.  Van  Zee sac fly rbi. 4-2.  That score held until the Bama 6th.  Hawkins singled, advanced to 3rd on Case single, scored on the throw. 5-2.  UW stranded 2 runners in the 6th.  Three Huskies struck out in the 7th.

ARIZONA 5, AUBURN 3
Game 2 Sunday 2pm.  The Wildcats scored top 3rd; Watson and Perez singled;  Watson scored on Mercado’s groundout.  Auburn took a 2-1 lead in the bottom; Gipson doubled, Jordan hbp; two unearned  runs scored on a shortstop error.  Arizona tied the score with a run in the 5th. Watson walked; Hughes reached on a bunt single; Watson scored on a Mercado single.  Arizona reached the penultimate score with three runs top 6th by Miller, Dotson and Watson.  Auburn scored the final run on a Rhodes homer.  WP O’Toole.  LP Carlson.

UCLA def by OREGON  8-1.
Game 2 Sunday 7pm.  Oregon stormed ahead with 6 runs in the 3rd.  Gillespie singled, scored on  THROWING ERROR AFTER uDRIA SINGLED.  lILLEY, WHO HAD WALKED, SCORED ON cOSTA’S DOUBLE.  Costa ,  Udria scored on Glasco’s double.  Lindvall dropped the hammer, a 2-run homer.  Ta’amiloed one inning.   relieved McDuffee, the Bruins starter.  Jelenicki reached on an error to start the 4th, and scored when Halstead hit into a double play.  Jindvaal hit another 2-run homer in the 5th, boosting the lead to 8-1.  The starter Grauer, lasted one inning.  The Ducks took 6 runs off McDuffee on one inning and 2 off Ta’amillo who pitched 4 innings.  Cheridan Hawkins went the distance for Oregon.

 

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5-27-2016 Friday Day Two Super Regionals

MAY 28 SUPER REGIONALS

JMU 3, Louisiana State 2

The Cinderella team of the 2016 season showed why it is ranked 7th nationally, edging the Tigers in Harrisonburg. The teams meet again Saturday at noon.

In the LSU 2nd, Jaquish singled, scored on Quinn’s two-out double.

The Dukes responded in the 3rd, Megan Good led off with a homerun down the left field line. Two out in LSU 5th, Simmons homered. The 2-1 lead didn’t last5; One out in the 5th, Good clobbered her second homer to tie.

JMU ended the game bottom 7th. Field and Tolle singled. Good grounded out. Behan walked loading the bases. Newton reached on a fielder’s choice, Field out at home on a sharp thrfrom 2nd. Bases loaded, Mrozek hit the first pitch into right field, Tolle scored for the game winner.

Good who relieved Ford to start the 4th was the winner. Ford singled in the 3rd but was injured sliding into 2nd. Hoover took the loss

 

GEORGIA 3, Florida 2

Georgia took the lead on Browne’s solo shot in the 2nd.

The Gators rebounded in the 5th.  Ocasio singled, advanced to 2nd on Wheaton’s groundout, and went to 3rd on DeWitt’s single.   DeWitt scored on Lorenz’s rbi groundout. Munro was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.  Fuller was also hbp, rbi, scoring Ocasio.  2-1.

That one run edge held as Georgia went through the heart of its batting order in the 6th.  In the Georgia 7th, Hugo flied out.  McGuire, the hitting hero on Friday, singled to short. Browne lined to short.  Pinch hitter Pualoa  homered to center, driving in two runs — and knocking the two-time champion Gators — who were ranked 1st in every poll and heavily favored in this game  — out of the Super Regionals.

WP Wilkinson.  LP Ocasio.

FLORIDA STATE 6, UTAH 2
Florida State served notice all season that there were two top teams in Florida and proved it today,  The ACC top pitcher, Jessica Burroughs pitched the win, 6 hits with 7 K.
The Seminoles scored twice in the 4th.  Warren singled, Powers doubled.  Warren scored on Broderick’s sac fly, and Harrod hit AN RBI SINGLE. tHAT LEAd held until the Utah 6th w2hen Fronda hit a solo homer.

The Seminoles came back with four.  Warren walked; Powers hit her second double scoring Warren.  Broderick singled and Harrod jacked a three-run homer.

In the Utah 7th, the Utes loaded the bases.  Meghan King relieved Burroughs.  Fronda singled, rbi, scoring Hilburn.  Flippen ground out.

The teams meet Saturday.

OKLAHOMA 7, LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE 6
The Sooners were coasting toward a WCWS berth. leading 7-3, bottom 7th, two on, two out.  But Kelsey Vincent crushed a 3-run homer.  That third out seemed elusive when Creighton walked, but Sanders popped to 2nd.  The Sooners were back in the World Series.
OU took an early 3-0 lead. In the 2nd, Romero singled; with two out, Romero scored on Kady’s single.  Wodach singled, Kady scored.  Arnold singled, Miller reached on an error, Wodach scored.
The Cajuns notched 2 runs in the 3rd.  Hayden walked and scored on Vincent’s single.  Zeringue scored on Creighton’s fly.
Corbello knotted the score at 3-all with a leadoff homer in the 4th.
The Sooners regained the lead when Romero led the 5th with a leadoff homer.
The OU lead climbed to 6-3 in the 6th.  Arnold singled, Miller doubled.  Two out, Knighten his a 2-run single.  The Sooners stranded two.
The OU lead increased to 7-3 in the 7th.  Pendley singled, scored on Wodach’s triple.
The stage was set for Vincent heroics bottom 7th.

Paige Parker was the winning pitcher, giving up 9 hits.  The Sooners collected 12 hits off Alex Stewart.

ALABAMA 2, WASHINGTON 1 (8)
SCORE WAS TIED 1-1 AFTER 7 INNINGS.
The Huskies scored in the 2nd; one out, Braun singled; McNeill singled, both advanced on an error, Braun scored.  In the Bama 4th, Turner drew an rbi walk, tying the score.  Both teams stranded runners to the end of regulation.

The Huskies had RUNNERS ON 2ND AND 3RD IN THE 8TH BUT NO SCORE.
In the bottom, Grantham and Sykes walked. The runners advanced when Hawkins reached on a fielder’s choice/sacrifice to the pitcher.  Turner singled, rbi.

THE TEAMS MEET AGAIN SATURDAY..

At the end of Friday, Georgia and Oklahoma qualified for the 2016 WCWS.

 

 

 

 

May 26 Day One of Super Regionals

MAY 26 SUPER REGIONALS

GEORGIA 3, FLORIDA 0

Chelsea Wilkinson held the #1 Gators, the defending national champions, to 3 hits. At the same time, time, the Bulldogs became the first team to score on Florida during the post season.

The game was scoreless until the 4th. One out, DiCarlo singled; Iosefa walked on four pitches; with two out, Maeve McGuire’s rbi single put Georgia up 1-0. Di Carlo opened the 6th with a single, Iosefa walked, again on four pitches. And McGuire knocked in another run w2ith a single up the middle.

In the Florida 7th, Ocasio hit a pinch hit single; but the next three batters – Fuller, Stewart, And Lorenz – were out, Gourley took the loss.

Game Two is scheduled for 5pm Friday, a what if game would be played at 8pm.

 

OKLAHOMA 8, Louisiana Lafayette 2

The Cajuns led Division I in home runs, and were 31-0 when scoring first.

ULL scored top 1st with a homer by Hayden but the Sooners came back with 3 runs on the bottom. OU launched the first of 14 hits. Miller singled; Clifton reached on an error; Knighten singled, loading the bases. One out, Aviu singled, Miller scored. Two out, Kady singled, Clifton scored. Wodach singled, rbi.

Two runs scored in the 2nd on Aviu’s double. The Sooners left bases loaded in the 3rd.

The Cajuns got back on the board in the 6th when Elkins hit a one-out homer. Bottom 6th, Miller doubled, and Clifton homered. One out, Romero homered. 8-2. Game Two is scheduled for 7pm. What-if game would be played at 10pm.

 

 

 

5-25-2016 Schutt Freshman of Year Awards

Barnhill, Knighten, Lorenz finalists for Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Florida teammates Kelly Barnhill and Amanda Lorenz, along with Oklahoma’s Shay Knighten were selected the three finalists for the 2016 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, announced the Association on Wednesday morning.

 

On Tuesday, May 31, the award will be presented to the winner at the 2016 NCAA Women’s College World Series banquet at the Petroleum Club in downtown Oklahoma City.

 

With the selections of Barnhill and Lorenz, the Southeastern Conference has been represented in the top-three by five players in the first three years of the award. It marks the first two from the two-time defending WCWS champions. Barnhill or Lorenz would join inaugural co-winners Tennessee’s Annie Aldrete and Auburn’s Kasey Cooper as recipients from the SEC. Knighten is the second straight finalist from Norman and will be looking to join teammate Paige Parker as the second consecutive Sooner to win the award.

 

Hailing from Marietta, Ga., Barnhill was named to the NFCA’s Southeast Region third team and to the SEC’s all-freshman squad. She holds a 15-1 record with a 1.36 ERA with 167 strikeouts in 108.1 innings pitch. The right-handed hurler has held her opposition to an SEC-best .135 batting average, while her ERA and strikeouts rank her sixth and ninth overall in the league. Barnhill is already in the UF record books, recording a single-game program-record 18 strikeouts against Winthrop on March 16. She also twirled her first collegiate no-hitter in the regular season final versus Arkansas.

 

A first-team NFCA All-Southeast region selection, Lorenz ranks among the SEC leaders in hitting (.406-9th), hits (71-7th), runs scored (56-t11th), doubles (14-t9th), walks (47-4th) and on-base percentage (.531-6th). The left-handed power hitting outfielder has started all 61 games for the No. 1 Gators during her rookie campaign. Lorenz, a Moorpark, Calif. native, was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and earned first-team all-conference honors. She is climbing up the UF rookie record books ranking first in walks, tied for second in doubles, fourth in runs and fifth in hits.

 

The Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Knighten has been Oklahoma’s biggest power threat this year, leading the team with 11 long balls and 52 RBI, ranking fourth and tied for fourth in the Big 12. The Buena Park, Calif. native has posted a .395 batting average with a .678 slugging percentage and .450 on-base percentage. A versatile player, Knighten, who was selected to the NFCA’s All-Central Region first team, started the last 27 games at first base, but also made starts at second base, designated player, right and left field.

 

With the Association always searching for innovative ways to promote the sport of softball, the award was created in 2014 from an idea to honor outstanding athletic achievement among freshmen softball student-athletes throughout Division I.