5-20-20122 NCAA Regional Finals

May 20 2012


Unusual situation: while all the pre-tournament seeds, except UCLA, are still in contention, Tennessee, Florida, Texas and California, which has been ranked #1 in both national polls for many weeks, have to win two games today to advance to Super Regionals.  Oregon has already qualified for SR where it will face the winner of the Austin regional.

Controversy continues over Michigan’s extra inning defeat of Louisville.  ESPN began its coverage of today’s game replaying the controversial call at 3rd.  Lane appears to be out at 3rd but the umpire called her safe; instead of ending the inning, Lane then scored the winning run. Critics notwithstanding, an out would have extended the tie game, with no assurances Louisville would have scored.  The issue was mooted Sunday when Michigan won 4-0 to advance to Super Regionals.

Sincere apologies.  Until 630, Spy had posted not just the scores but recaps of every game.  A computer glitch erased hours of work so what is in front of you now is a recapture effort.


Sunday, May 20, 2012


Regionals – Athens, Ga.

North Carolina 1, #10 Georgia 2 Final
WP Erin Arevalo (3H).  LP Lori Spingola.  Bulldogs scored both runs, bottom 4th.  Wilson singled; Sandberg and Razey walked, loading the bases, no outs.  Olney singled, rbi; Griffin drew an rbi walk.    The Dawgs left bases loaded.  Dickey hit a solo homer for the Tar Heels in the 7th.  Georgia advances to SR; plays Tennessee.  Vols and Bulldogs split a DH in season.


Regionals – Austin, Texas

#6Texas 5, Northwestern 0  Game One.  Hoagland gave Texas a 1-0 lead with a homer in the 3rd.  Texas added to its lead with 3 rus on 2 hits and an error in the 4th.  In the 7th, Hoagland led with a double and scored on Craig’s triple.
Texas 5, Northwestern 0       Game Two  Final.  Texas advances to Super Regional to play Oregon.
Blaire Luna pitched her second shutout. Luna allowed just 6 hits,while striking out 14.  In Game One, Luna gave up 2 hits while striking out 15.  Bottom 1st, Game Two, Texas took a 2-0 lead on Taylor’s homer.  Texas scored 4 runs with 2 out in the 6th. The Longhorns will host.


Regionals – Gainesville, Fla.

South Florida 1, #5Florida 0  FINAL  South Florida advances to Super Regionals to play Hofstra.
South Florida will host. WP Sara Nevins (12K).  LP Hannah Rogers.  Bulls scored game’s only run top 4th.  Medina doubled; Rchardson sacrificed; two out, pinch runner Juergens scored on Jackson’s single.  Gators loaded bases, bottom 6th.  Haeger singled, Castro singled, Schutte walked; Nevins struck out the next two batters, Little grounded out.


Regionals – Louisville, Ky.

Michigan 4, #15Louisville 0 FINAL.  Michigan advances to Super Regionals to play Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
WP Haylie Wagner.  LP Tori Collins.  4H, 4BB.  Wolverines came out strong, loading bases top 1st, on two walks and a single.  Lane singled, 2 rbi.  Connell relieved Collinss and got the Cardinal out of the inning, stranding three Wolverines.  In the UM 2nd, Doyle singled scored on Driesenga single.  Top 4th: Evans singled, scored on Chidester 2-out single.  The Cardinals stranded 3 runners in the first 2 innings, but didn’t mount another threat until the 7th.  Wolny and Trimble singled; both were left.


Regionals – Knoxville, Tenn.

Virginia Tech 1, #7Tennessee 2  Game One
Tennessee 10, Virginia Tech 2     Game Two Final.  Tennessee advances to Super Regional to play Georgia.
In Game One, Ivy Renfroe outdueled Jasmin Harrell.  One out, bottom 1st, Shipman homered.  After Tech left 2 on in the 5th, Lewis singled, scored what proved to be the winning run on Dotson’s single.  Top 7th, Banks singled, scored on Spaw single, left 1 runner.
Game Two: Tennessee’s pitching depth and power were both on display.  Ellen Renfroe started with a 2-run cushion; Burchell and Gibson drove in runs in the 1st.  Tech answered with a run in the bottom; Gaskill scored with 2 out on Mericka’s sac fly.  Top 3rd: Shipman singled, Burchell hit her second rbi double; Gibson rbi single; Davin singled, rbi; Chavanne doubled, rbi, but was out.  7-1.  Bottom 3rd: Gaskill singled; McGoldrick walked, and Ivy Renfroe relieved her sister.  Lidde singled, rbi, but 2 were left.  Top 6th: Lewis singled, scored on a Shipman single.  The Vols added 2 runs in the 7th.


Regionals – Tuscaloosa, Ala.

South Alabama 0, #2Alabama 6 FINAL.  Bama advances to Super Regional and will host Michigan
WP Jackie Traina 2H, 10K.  LP Hannah Campbell.  Alabama won its tenth first round NCAA regional championship.
Alabama scored single runs in each of the first three innings then closed out their scoring with a 3-run burst in the 6th — a 2-run double by Fenton and an rbi single by Traina.


Regionals – College Station, Texas

#8Texas A&M  1,  LSU 2.  Final. LSU wins regional and advances to Super Regional to play Missouri.

Unranked for much of the season, the Tigers combined limited but timely hitting behind two strong pitchers to advance to Super Regionals.  Brittany Mack won this third game, Rachelle Fico won the first two games.  Mel Dumezich took the loss.  Game was scoreless until bottom 4th;  Falcon reached on the first of two Aggie errors; Applegate singled; Wray walked loading the bases.  Felton scored on McCasland’s sac fly.  Supak singled; Applegate scored on an error at short.  The Tigers left two.  TAMU rallied top 7th; Garza walked; with 2 out, Garza reached 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on Villareal’s single.  They left the tying run on base.


Regionals – Lafayette, La.

Stanford 2, #14La.-Lafayette 6.  Ragin’s Cajuns advance to Super Regional to play Tempe winner.
WPAshley Brignac.  LP Teagan Gerhart.  S Jordan Wallace.  The Ragin’ Cajuns outhit the Cardinal 12-7; Stanford made 2 errors.  Stanford left 2 on top 1st, and did not make a serious scoring error until they scored twice in the 6th.  Bottom 1st: Smith, Myers and Orgeron singled; rbi; Myers scored on Cherry’s sac fly.  2-0.  Orgeron, one of the leading home run hitters this season, went yard in the 3rd.  Bottom 4th: Cormier singled; Draheim homered, 5-0.  Nyree White relieved Gerhart.  The inning ended on a Stanford double play.  Top 6th: Rich, Roulund singled.  Rich scored on Burns single.  Two out, Miller singled, rbi.  Fernandez scored final ULL run on Orgeron sac fly in 6th.


Regionals – Norman, Okla.

4Oklahoma 6, Oregon State 0. Final.  Sooners advance to Super Regional to play  Arizona.
One had the feeling all week that the Gods of softball had ordained that the Sooners and Wildcats meet again; OU eliminated Arizona in their last NCAA tournament.  OU seemed to be in a rush to be first past the gate, scoring 4 runs top 1st.   WP Keilani Ricketts 2H, 10K.  Marina Demore took the loss.  Top 1st: Casey walked; Martinez reached on the first of 3 Beaver errors; Chamberlain reached on a fielder’s choice, Casey out at home.  Ricketts walked  on four pitches. Shults jacked a grand slam, 4-0.  Top 5th: Shults belted a one-out homer.  Sampson walked, scored on Norris single.  The win marked OU’s ninth NCAA regional title, and its third in three years.  The Sooners swept the three teams in their regional by a combined score of 32-4.  The Sooners will host Arizona.


Regionals – Columbia, Mo.

9Missouri 2, Illinois State 1.  Final. Missouri advances to Super Regionals to play LSU.  Missouri will host.
WP Chelsea Thomas. LP Jordan Birch.  Missouri, which will joihn LSU et al in the SEC, scored a run top 4th; Genovese doubled with 2 out, and scored on Stephens single.  One out, Tigers 6th; Mulleer homered.  ISU scored in the bottom; Hamilton singled and scored on Kay’s 2-out double.  The potential tying run was stranded.  Missouri left 2 runners in the 7th; ISU loaded the bases.  Caiti led with a single, but the next 2 batters struck out; Gallant reached on an interference call; Hamilton reached on an error at short; Keller struck out,  the 12th for Thomas.


Regionals – Los Angeles, Calif.

San Diego State 1, Hofstra  2.  Hofstra advances to Super Regionals to play South Florida.
WP Olivia Galati.  LP Bailey Micetich.  Galati is a very accomplished pitcher, who has not been seen by many West Coast teams.  Micetich had the better numbers in this game: 3H, 7K, vs 5H, 6K.  SDSU broke the scoring stalemate with a run, top 4th.  Jordan singled; advanced on Maeva sac bunt; Klopp hbp; Finau singled, loading the bases; May grounded to short, rbi.  Rose flied out, stranding two.  Hofstra responded with a tying run in the bottom; Thom singled; two out, Rocha singled, rbi.  After Senatore reached on an error, bottom 5th, Arbino relieved Micetich.  one out, Galati singled,  runners advanced on a passed ball; Senatore scored on Ziemba’s sac fly, but Galati was out 7-2-6.  SDSU had one runner on in the 6th and 7th; both were left.


Regionals – Seattle, Wash.

16Washington 4, Harvard  0. Final.  Washington advances to Super Regionals to play Pac 12 rival California.
WP Bryana Walker.  LP Rachel Brown.  UW scored top 1st; Hayward reached on an error, scored on Inglesby rbi.  Williams slugged a 3-run, 2 out homer in the 4th.


Regionals – Tucson, Ariz.

#13Arizona 8, Notre Dame 3.  Final.  Arizona advances to Super Regionals to play Oklahoma.
WP Shelby Babcock.  LP Laura Winter.  The Wildcats racked 14 hits, including 4 home runs.  Five singles with 2 outs in the 2nd yielded 4 Wildcat runs.  Saganowich scored for the Irish in the 3rd, on Maldonado’s sac fly.  After UofA stranded 2 top 4th, Notre Dame narrowed the gap to 4-3.  Koerner walked; Haus grounded to 1st Koerner was called out on interference, a possible game changer because O”Connor singled and Saganowich homered, 4-3.  Too close for comfort!  Top 5th: Pendley and Goodacre hit back-to-back homers.  In the 7th, Goodacre and Spigner hit consecutive dingers.  O’Donnell relieved Winter, but the game was effectively over.


Regionals – Tempe, Ariz.

#3Arizona State 0, Syracuse  1.  Game One.
WP Jenna Caira.  LP Dallas Escobedo. Escobedo yielded just 2 hits, but the first was a 2-out HR by Watts which held up for the game.  The Sun Devils had 4 hits off Caira, but stranded 7 runners.
Game 2: Arizona State 4, Syracuse 0. Sun Devils advance to SR where they will meet Louisiana-Lafayette.
WP Dallas Escobedo.  LP Jenna Caira.  After Syracuse left 2 on in the 1st, Sun Devils scored three.  Boyd doubled, Johnson walked,both advanced on a wild pitch; Lockwood doubled in 2 runs; Freeman reached on a fielder’s choice, run scored on an error, rbi.  Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Syracuse in the 4th, but Escobedo struck out Wambold to end the threat.  In the bottom, Steele led with a homer.  After Freeman singled, Kuwik relieved Caira; no more scoring.  Syracuse stranded a runner in the 5th, and 2 in the 6th.


Regionals – Berkeley, Calif.

#1California 10, Arkansas 2 (5).  Ranked #1 nationally, Cal must win two games to advance.
Game One: Cal showed the form which made it #1 for most of the season, recording 13 hits against 6 for Arkansas.  WP Jolene Henderson.  LP McLemore.  Jones scored in the 3rd, on an error after Vonk singled.  Arioto was intentionally walked; Echevarria slugged a 2-run double.  Bottom 3rd: Mort singled, Wallace homered, to narrow the gap to 3-2.  But that was the end of Arkansas scoring.  Cal scored 3 in the 4th; Arioto was intentionally walked again, scored on Williams groundout.  Danielle Henderson jacked a 2-run shot.  Up 6-2, the Bears crossed th run-rule margin with 4 runs in the 5th on Echevarria’s grand slam.

Game Two: California 7-0. WP Jolene Henderson.  LP Lauren Beasley.  The Bears, who outhit Arkansas 10-5, scored 3 in bottom 1st.  J Reid singled; one out, Arioto intentionally walked; Echevarria reached on a fielder’s choice; bases loaded.  Reid scored on a Williams groundout; Arito scored on a wild pitch; Decker singled, rbi.  Cal scored another 3 runs in the 2nd; one out, Cordes and J Reid singled; Vonk homered to right center.  Decker singled in a final run in the 6th.

The Bears advance to Super Regionals and will play Pac 12 rival Washington.  They beat the Huskies in season 2-1, 5-3, 6-4.





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