SUPER REGIONALS MAY 27 2010
REGION 2: Ann Arbor MI
A Night for Upsets
Game 1: 730pm ESPN ET
#15 Tennessee 5, #2 Michigan 0
WP Ivy Renfro. 2-hitter 8K. LP Jordan Taylor 5 H, 10K
Freshman Renfro was masterful, taking a no-hitter against the mighty Wolverines into the bottom of the 7th. No Michigan runner had reached 2nd until Bausher reached on an error in the 6th; in the 7th, Shaw belted a hard single into the left field corner, Chidester reached on a slap which dribbled back to Renfro. Burchell singled to lead the Vols 3rd; Webb had a strike 3 reversed by an illegal pitch then bunted for a single. Andrews reached on a rare error by Viehaus at 3rd; two runs scored; with two out, including a line drive that was almost a double play, Grieve drove in the third run, 3-0. Grieve would drive in a fourth run in the 5th; the final run was scored on an illegal pitch. Meanwhile, Renfro was hitting 69mph, thwarting UM batters. Taylor was called for two more illegal pitches, but she struck out the side top 7th. Bottom 7th: St Clair flied out deep to right, Shaw singled, Chidester beat out the bunt, Nemitz flied out to left and Kirkpatrick ground out to 1st. This loss was the first defeat for Michigan at home since the Super Regional in 2008 when they lost two games to Angela Tincher and Virginia Tech. Note: Bree Evans had to leave the game when she was hit in the dugout by a foul off Shaw’s bat; she returned with her arm in a sling; quite a competitor, wish her well.
REGION 3: Seattle WA
Game 1: 7pm ESPN 2 (Pacific time)
#14 Oklahoma 6, #3 Washington 1
WP Keilani Ricketts 2-hitter, 9K. LP Danielle Lawrie 8H, 5K
Ricketts handcuffed the defending national champions with her sweeping 69mph curve, while her Sooner mates bombarded Lawrie, the reigning national player of the year, for five home runs, three by Amber Flores. The Huskies, ranked #1 in the national polls, struggled against another lefty, Danielle Spaulding, in last week’s regionals. Tonight, UW got its second hit and its run in the bottom of the 7th.
The Sooners, inexplicably ranked #14 despite winning the Big 12, scored twice top 1st. With one out, Flores, who had been in a slump, jacked a home run over the left field fence.With two out, Vandever singled, and scored on a failed throw-down to 2nd by catcher Wright. OU 3rd: Flores homered even deeper over left field, with two out. Oklahoma stranded two in the 4th. The Sooner 5th was the cruncher, which drove Lawrie from the circle. Dobbs, the #9 hitter, nailed a solo home run over the left field fence. With one out, Flores crushed an outside pitch over the right field fence. The next batter, Shults, launched a bomb into the center field seats. Five home runs and a 6-0 lead. OU loaded the bases in the 7th. When Flores came up for the fourth at-bat, this time against reliever Baily Harris, she slugged what the ESPN cameras showed as a home run, high over the left field foul pole, but the umpire called it foul. So Flores joined Huey, who had beat out a single, and Shults, whose single loaded the bases, but Vandever hit into a double play. The first Huskie to bat in the 7th fanned, but Wright reached when her grounder went through Long’s legs at short (error). Stenson in to run. Williams ground out to Ricketts, but Fagaly drew her second walk of the game, and Smith singled in the UW run. Washington had its first hit in the 4th when Salling was safe on a hard hit ot short. Defensive gem: In the 5th, Fagaly led with a walk; Smith hit a hard shot to Long at short for the force at 2nd, but Long’s throw to Shults at 1st was a bit off-target and rolled away; however, Smith had overshot the bag and she dove just as Shults dove and tagged her out, double play.