5-24-2015 Sunday Super Regionals

SUNDAY MAY 24 SUPER REGIONALS

Three berths to be decided

Game 2 Kentucky def by Florida 1-0
* Nunley vs Haeger. Gators broke through with run in the 4th. Fuller scored on McLean single.
* Florida had 5 hits, Kentucky 3
Florida plays Tennessee at WCWS

 

Game 2 Missouri def  UCLA 10-6.  UCLA plays Oregon at WCWS
* Relief pitcher Tori Finucane hit in head byline drive and taken off field under own power.  Bless you Tori.
* Bruins fueled by home runs by Spaulding, LaRosa and Saturaka.  UCLA scored 4 runs in 2nd. Roth homered for Tigers who scored 4 runs in 6th to stave off run rule but left bases loaded.
Bottom 7th: Roth belted her second homer.  10-6.  Taramilo relieved Carda; struck out last Tiger.  Pac 12′s @1 plays #2.

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Game 2 Arizona def by LSU 10-5. LSU plays Auburn at WCWS
LSU scored 4 runs in 1st; leads 7-3 in 4th..  Bases loaded in 4th  Simmons sac fly, 8-3.
Wildcats loaded bases in 5th, trailing 8-4.  Fielder’s choice at home;rbi walk; 8-5. Hoover relieved, bases loaded, one out, and nailed two outs.  LSU opened the 7th with 2 scores, 10-5.  Two out, Mandie Perez doubled; Mercado flied to left, and the Tigere were on their way to WCWS.
* Walljasper vs Floyd/ 3 innings relieved by Parks.

 

The WCWS field:
Michigan vs Alabama (Big 12 vs SEC)
Florida vs Tennessee (SEC vs SEC)
Auburn vs LSU  (SEC vs SEC)
Oregon vs UCLA (Pac 12 vs Pac 12)

SIDEBAR * Amy Symonds Hughes initiated an interesting dialogue re Clint Myers taking the Auburn Tigers to the WCWS; previously he guided the Arizona State Sun Devils to two championships. Who else had two teams at WCWS?

Yvette Girouard – ULL and LSU
Lu Harris Champer – Southern Miss and Georgia
Teresa Wilson – Oregon and Washington
Gayle Blevins – Indiana and Iowa
Jo Evans – Utah and Texas A&M

* Twitter provides most of the immediate details used in Spy recaps.

For four years, Sooner fans were thrilled by each of Lauren Chamberlain’s 95 home runs as she set the NCAA record — including several massive shots in the WCWS,  Lauren hit three homers during the three games against Alabama, virtually deciding Game 1 and for an inning giving OU the lead in Game 3 — before Mariisa Young, an 0-13 hitter, belted a grand slam.  For all the heroics, there was a what-if aspect; if Lauren had gotten a hit any kind in Game 2, with bases loaded and the Sooners down 2-0, that series might have ended differently.  But all the other Sooners struggled against Alexis Sorio, so every other theory about Game 2 is speculation fueled by what-if hindsight.  Lauren, we enjoyed your journey and look forward to pro ball.

5-23-2015 Saturday NCAA Super Regionals

 

Auburn def Louisiana Lafayette 6-3
Two-time champion Clint Myers returns to OKC hoping to repeat ASU triumphs
In 6th, Estell scored on wild pitch; Cooper jacked a 3-run homer. WP Davis.
Umps called 7 illegal pitches on Cajun starter.
Auburn plays winner of LSU/Arizona in WCWS.

LSU def Arizona 8-0 in Game 1  WP Carly Hoover 1-hitter
Bailey Landry 2-run homer

Kentucky def by Florida 7-0
First game.  Two hitter for Haeger.  Gatores 4-0 lead in 1st. Kvistad 3 rbi on bases-clearing double.  Haeger solo; Meritt 2-run shot,
winner plays Tennessee in WCWS

Oregon leads North Carolina State 5-1 T4/Oregon advances 9-3
Weiman pitching for NC State; Hawkins for Oregon.
Oregon plays winner of UCLA/Missouri

Arizona def by LSU 8-0 in first game.  WP Hoover.
First game. LSU led 8-0 T4.  Two runs scored on wild pitches.
Winner plays Auburn

Alabama def Oklahoma 2-0 to force Game 3
Perhaps the most crucial strikeout of Super Regionals.  Osorio took a no-hitter into the 5th, then walked 2 batters.  Callie Parson singled, the first hit for OU, creating the situation all Sooners wanted.  Bases loaded, two outs, Lauren Chamberlain at bat, but last night’s hero struck out.
Parker only gave up a noteworthy hit.  In the 3rd, with one on, Jadyn Spender slugged a two-run homer. Parker yielded 2 hits.  Game 3 at 8pm.
Sooners won first game between these powerhouse former champions 5-2.
Winner plays Michigan in WCWS.  Parker for OU, Osorio for Bama

Missouri def by UCLA 7-4
WP Carda. LP Lowary. Both teams left bases loaded.  Tigers scored four in 3rd, 3 on a homer by Fagan, 1 on a homer by Fleming.  .  Sataraka broke a 4-4 tie with a home run.  Bennett, Carda, Larosa, and Jelenicki had rbi.

Oklahoma def by Alabama 5-3
With 2 out, bottom 6th, Marissa Runyon, 0-13 in the post season, jacked a grand slam into the right field seats on the first pitch.  OU had no answer in the 7th.  Oklahoma was leading 3-1.  Chamberlain crushed a 2-run homer for a 2-1 lead, then, after Bama Coach Pat Murphy inserted reliever Littlejohn with 2 out in the 5th, Chamberlain belted a second home run, the 95th of her career.  But the 3-1 lead was short-lived.  WP Osorio  LP Parker.  Alabama advances to play Michigan.  The two freshmen pitchers earned much applause.

 

5-22-2015 NCAA Friday Super Regionals

MAY 22 FRIDAY NCAA SUPER REGIONALS

 

Louisiana Lafayette def by Auburn Game 1 (2pm) 12-11 (8)
* Cajuns led 8-4 T6 and added 2 runs top 7th — they belted 4 homers to build that lead.  Tigers, trailing 10-4 bottom 7th, had stranded 14 runners.  But, they drew 7 walks from the Cajuns, scoring 5 runs,  and the tying run scored on a passed ball. 10-10.  Once again, Auburn left bases loaded. The Cajuns gave up 16 walks. ULL scored a go ahead run in the top but Auburn had 2 on, 1 out, when Whitney Young stroked a fielder’s choice, scoring Fagan with  the winning run on a close play.  Rhodes and Carosone homered earlier for AUBURN.  Game 2 on Saturday.

 

Florida State def Tennessee Game 2 (4pm) 6-1
* Vols won Game 1–3-2.
* Seminoles lead 2-0 B2; this time, there would not be another UT comeback.  Jessica Burroughs shut down the Vols on 4 hits.  Schinella closed. LP Gabriel.  Warren hit HR to lead 4th for FSU.
* Game 3 will be played in about 30 minutes.

Game 3: Tennessee 2, Florida State 1
Strong effort by Rainey Gaffin advances Vols to World Series

 

Georgia def by Michigan Game 2 (6pm) 7-6
*Wolverines won Game 1-10-3
* Georgia leads 3-0 B1 on Alex Hugo 2 run home run.  Susalla homers for UM.3-1
Michigan wins 7-6, advances to WCWS to await Oklahoma or Alabama

 

Oklahoma def Alabama Game 1 (7pm) 5-2
* Alexis Osorio had a no-hitter for 5 innings, and a 2-0 lead, thanks to a Porter rbi and McCleney HR..  Then the Sooners unleashed their power.  Parsoms singled, the first OU hit; Lauren Chamberlain jacked her 93rd career home run, and tied the game at 2-2.   Pendley worked a walk; Miller walked; Pendley scored on a sac fly by Parker; leading 3-2, Kady Self tagged Osario for another 2-run bomb. Sooners 5-2,  Bottom 6th, Gama batters hit sharply to Pendley at short, who rifled throws to 1st to retire Bama  Littlejohn pitched he 7th for the Tide, no damage.  Bottom 7th:  with ESPN reminding listeners that Oklahoma had never lost leading in the 7th, Bama put that record to the test, loading the bases.  Parker struck out Runyon.
The winner advances to play Michigan in WCWS.

 

North Carolina State vs Oregon /Game 1 (9pm)
NC State leads 1-0 T4./Oregon wins 6-1

5-21-2015 NCAA Super Regionals Thursday

MAY 21 NCAA SUPER REGIONALS

 

THURSDAY

Tennessee 3, Florida State 2

Yet another comeback win for the Vols. The Seminoles held a 2-0 lead into the 6th when Jessica Burroughs seemed to run out of gas,and, aided by walks. A passed ball, and a single up the middle, , UT tied the game. The Noles couldn’t solve reliever Rainey Gaffin in the last two innings. The Vols win when Overstreet walks; Gregg singles with two out in the 7th and Overstreet scores from 2nd with the walk off winner. Burroughs has had a solid record post-season, including a tough 2-hit win over UCF while All American Lacey Waldrop, according to team soures, has had some control issues.
Michigan 10, Georgia 3

The Wolverines raced out to a 4-0 lead in the 1st, on Christner’s 2-run bomb, and bases-loaded passes  Swafford belts 2-run shot for Georgia but Michigan leads 10-3 after 4.  The game belonged to Megan Betsa after the 4th; she notched 10K.  The winner pf this best-of-three Super Regional will face the winner of the Oklahoma/Alabama Super Regional at the WCWS.

5-20-2015 ASA/USA Player of the Year Finalists

ASA/USA Softball announces Top 3 Finalists for 2015 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the YearOKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today the Top 3 Finalists for the 14th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.  Florida’s Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.), Oregon’s Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) and Michigan’s Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif.) are the three remaining athletes in the running.

 

Past winners of this award include UCLA’s Stacey Nuveman, Florida State’s Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner from Texas Cat Osterman, Tennessee’s Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher, two-time winner Washington’s Danielle Lawrie, Stanford’s Ashley Hansen, back-to-back winner Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts and 2014 winner Lacey Waldrop from Florida State.

 

The 2015 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Pitcher of the Year, Lauren Haeger, through regional play, has amassed a 26-1 record, a 1.34 ERA and 183 strikeouts in the circle. If that wasn’t enough, the senior also holds a .335 batting average, .653 slugging percentage and .474 on-base percentage. Haeger was voted SEC Pitcher of the Week three times this season and was the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week in week two. No. 1 Florida will face Kentucky in this week’s Super Regional’s for a spot in the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS), which will be held in Oklahoma City May 28-June 3.

 

Back-to-back Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, Cheridan Hawkins boasts a 29-3 record, a 1.40 ERA and 249 strikeouts through regional play.  Ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in wins, shutouts and saves, Hawkins was also named First Team All-Pac 12 and leads the conference in wins, ERA and opposing batting average.  No. 2 Oregon will vie with NC State this week in the Eugene Super Regional with the winner earning a spot in the NCAA WCWS.

 

A two-time Big 10 Player of the Year, Sierra Romero ranks in the Top 10 with a .474 batting average, a .628 on-base percentage 78 RBI and a .987 slugging percentage while slugging out 21 home runs.  A three-time unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team, Romero was also named the 2015 espnW Player of the Year and established a new NCAA record for career grand slams. Behind their junior slugger, the No. 3 Wolverines won their eighth straight Big 10 regular season title and will face No. 16 Georgia in this week’s Super Regional’s with the winner heading to the NCAA WCWS.

 

The winner of the 2015 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced on May 26 at the team only banquet just prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS.

 

The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 10 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions, members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country as well as past winners of the award.

 

About ASA/USA Softball  Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 74 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million.  ASA/USA is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.asausasoftball.com/.

 

About the NCAA Women’s College World Series The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium serves as the home to the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS). For the 25th year, the top eight college teams in the nation will head to Oklahoma City and complete for a National Championship title. Last year, nearly 70,000 fans attended the WCWS. Experience It Live May 28 to June 3 in Oklahoma City. Tickets for the 2015 NCAA WCWS are on sale now, click here to purchase your tickets and make a date with champions!

 

ASA/USA Softball announces Top 3 Finalists for 2015 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the YearOKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today the Top 3 Finalists for the 14th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.  Florida’s Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.), Oregon’s Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) and Michigan’s Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif.) are the three remaining athletes in the running.

 

Past winners of this award include UCLA’s Stacey Nuveman, Florida State’s Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner from Texas Cat Osterman, Tennessee’s Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher, two-time winner Washington’s Danielle Lawrie, Stanford’s Ashley Hansen, back-to-back winner Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts and 2014 winner Lacey Waldrop from Florida State.

 

The 2015 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Pitcher of the Year, Lauren Haeger, through regional play, has amassed a 26-1 record, a 1.34 ERA and 183 strikeouts in the circle. If that wasn’t enough, the senior also holds a .335 batting average, .653 slugging percentage and .474 on-base percentage. Haeger was voted SEC Pitcher of the Week three times this season and was the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week in week two. No. 1 Florida will face Kentucky in this week’s Super Regional’s for a spot in the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS), which will be held in Oklahoma City May 28-June 3.

 

Back-to-back Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, Cheridan Hawkins boasts a 29-3 record, a 1.40 ERA and 249 strikeouts through regional play.  Ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in wins, shutouts and saves, Hawkins was also named First Team All-Pac 12 and leads the conference in wins, ERA and opposing batting average.  No. 2 Oregon will vie with NC State this week in the Eugene Super Regional with the winner earning a spot in the NCAA WCWS.

 

A two-time Big 10 Player of the Year, Sierra Romero ranks in the Top 10 with a .474 batting average, a .628 on-base percentage 78 RBI and a .987 slugging percentage while slugging out 21 home runs.  A three-time unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team, Romero was also named the 2015 espnW Player of the Year and established a new NCAA record for career grand slams. Behind their junior slugger, the No. 3 Wolverines won their eighth straight Big 10 regular season title and will face No. 16 Georgia in this week’s Super Regional’s with the winner heading to the NCAA WCWS.

 

The winner of the 2015 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced on May 26 at the team only banquet just prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS.

 

The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 10 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions, members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country as well as past winners of the award.