NCAA SUPER REGIONAL DAY TWO
May 25, 2012
Oklahoma 6, Arizona 0
WP Keilani Ricketts.7H, 9K. LP Shelby Babcock. 8H, 2 HRs. Ricketts 14th shuout.
The Sooners flexed their muscles – early. Seven different batters accounted for the 8 hits.
Bottom 1st: Casey hbp; Martinez singled/sac bunt. Chamberlain doubled to right center, 2-0. Rickettys struck out three in the 2nd but yielded a walk and a single. In the bottom, Turang hbp; one ut, Hanson hbp; two out, Martinez singled, loading the bases. Chamberlain drew an rbi walk (3-2), Ricketts struck out, leaving bases loaded. OU 3-0. Top three, Del Ponte and Koria singled with 2 out; Pendley struck out. Shults led OU’s 3rd with a double; Sampson looked at a third strike, but Turang singled/bunt, and stole 32nd. Norris walked, loading the bases again. Henson singled up the middle, rbi; Casey and Martinez popped up, Oklahoma again leaving bases loaded. Bottom 5th, Norris jacked a one-out homer that cleared the bleaches in left field. Two down in the 6th, Ricketts socked a line-drive homer which also cleared the bleachers.
Arizona attempted a rally in the 7th. One out, Suitos singled; two out, Wilson reached on a throwing error by Ricketts. Del Ponte walked, but Koria looked at a third strike. Twice, the Wildcats ended an at-bat with the Sooners leaving bases loaded. Arizona stranded 10 runners.
Alabama 4, Michigan 3
Alabama first team to advance to Women’s College World Series – but the road to Oklahoma City was no walk in the park.
WP Jackie Traina. LP Haylie Wagner. The Wolverines made a fight, and, after leading 3-1 for four innings, kept the outcome in doubt until the last batter. UM served notice bottom 1st that the trip to Oklahoma City would not be a walk in the park. Chidester homered with 2 out. Top 2nd: Bama tied the score. Lunceford singled; Boccia reached on a fielder’s choice; Lunceford advanced on throwing error by Wagner. Conley advanced both runners with a sac bunt. Lunceford scored on Dawson’s sac fly. Bottom 2nd: Blanchard reached on an error at short; but the pinch runner was forced at 2nd by Driesenga. Knapp popped to the catcher but Driesenga advanced on the catcher’s throwing error. Kirkpatrick singled up the middle, rbi. Doyle laid down a bunt single to 3rd. Evans singled up the middle, rbi, UM 3-1.
That score held until top 5th. One out, Fenton singled; Hunt homered to left center, tying the game at 3-all. But, Bama left two on the bases. Top 6th: Dawson singled; pinch runner Richard advanced on Hays sac bunt, then stole 3rd. Braud tripled down right field line, Richard scored go-ahead run. Hunt was intentionally walked, runners at the corners, both stranded. In the bottom, UM went down in order. Boccia singled in the 7th, the only Bama runner. UM had the tying run on base when Kirkpatrick walked on four pitches, and went to 2nd on Doyle’s sac bunt. Evans grounded to 3rd. Sappingfield struck out swinging. Alabama will face the winner of the Oklahoma-Arizona series.
Hofstra 2, South Florida 1 (11)
Pitchers from the smaller schools east of the Mississippi don’t receive much national attention, but two of the best competed Friday night in the Tampa super regional.
WP Olivia Galati went the distance, giving up just 4H, striking out 5, while winning her 32nd consecutive win. LP Sara Nevins worked 7+ innings, 7H and 6K.
Hofstra scored top 1st, Bigler scoring with one out on Ziemba’s single. Hofstra left bases loaded. After Hofstra stranded two more top 3rd, the Bulls tied the game. Nowell and Goff singled; both advanced on a sac bunt by Katafalas; Goff scored on a sac bunt by Mouse. The tie score held until the 11th. Slugh singled; advanced on an illegal pitch (at least two were called); Slugh advanced on Crews sacrifice; Rocha walked; Lavagnino singled to right, rbi. Salvatore was intentionally walked to set up a force, which worked. In the bottom, the heart of the Bulls’ lineup went down in order.
Texas 4, Oregon 2
WP Blaire Luna 10K. LP Jessica Moore.
Scoreless until bottom 4th when Craig doubled, scored one out later on Schmidt groundout. Bottom 5th: 2 out, Hoagland singled. Bennett singled. Taylor his a 3-run homer. Down 4-0, the Ducks scored in the 6th on Cuico’s solo shot. Nieto walked, Peterson doubled, both were left. Top 7th, again two out, Howard and Chambers singled; Howard went to 3rd then scored on a wild pitch. Cuico walked. Two on but Nieto grounded out.
Arizona State 9, Louisiana Lafayette 2
WP Hillary Bach. LP Ashley Brignac.
The Sun Devils evened their best of three series in decisive fashion, racking 10 hits off Brignac, including 4 homers.
Two out, top 1st, Freeman slugged a 2-run homer. The Cajuns, who had 8 hits, stranded two. Top 3rd, ASU scored 5 runs. Boyd and Johnson walked; Steele doubled, 2 rbi. One out later, Lockwood belted another 2-run homer. Two out, Parlich hit a solo shot. 7-0. The Cajuns took one back in the bottom; Smith walked; two out, Haack singled; Cherry singled, rbi; again, ULL left 2 on base. Top 4th, Sun Devils loaded the bases; Afusia drew an rbi walk. But, ASU left bases loaded. Bottom 5th: ULL scored its final run. Myers doubled; one out, Haack reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced to 2nd on a throwing error by the 3rd baseman, Myers scored. ASU scored its final run on Parlich’s leadoff homer, her second of the game.
Strategy question: winner of Game Three goes to the World Series — which is scheduled to be played tonight.. ULL and Jordan Wallace took the measure of ASU’s Escobedo in the first game; ASU and Bach coasted to victory behind the long ball in Game Two. Who should start Game Three?
Arizona State 8, Louisiana-Lafayette 0 (6). Defending champion ASU returns to the World Series.
This time, Escobedo out performed Wallace, limiting the Ragin’ Cajuns to 5 hits while the Sun Devils racked 11 hits. Alix Johnson jacked 2 home run s, and had 4 rbi. Haley Steele and Elizabeth Caporuscio also homered. Each had 2 rbi. The Sun Devils have had one of the best 1-9 lineups all season; six of the nine starters had hits, and again played flawless defense. At the Series, ASU will play the winner o fthe Texas/Oregon Super Regional.
California vs Washington, Game 1, 10pm
Missouri vs LSU, Game One, 730pm
Hofstra vs South Florida, Game Two, 230pm
Oklahoma vs Arizona, Game Two, noon
Oregon vs Texas, Game Two, 5pm
Tennessee vs Georgia, Game One, noon
* Alabama has qualified for the WCWS, eliminating Michigan