NCAA SUPER REGIONALS SUNDAY DAY FOUR
May 27 2012
Game Two Georgia 1, Tennessee 0
Game Three Tennessee 2, Georgia 1 Tennessee advances to World Series
Game Two Missouri 5, LSU 1 (12)
Game Three LSU 3, Missouri 1
Game Two California 2, Washington 0 California advances to World Series
(3 Pac 12, 3 SEC, 1 Big 12, 1 Big East)
Georgia 1, Tennessee 0 Georgia forces Game Three
WP Erin Arevalo 2H LP Ellen Renfroe 3H
Very evenly matched. Bottom 3rd: One out, Couey singled. Sito hbp. Pauly reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced on error by 2nd base Gibson, Sito was put out at 2nd but Couey scored. Vols had runner in scoring position in 2nd, when Akamine doubled, Andrews hbp; stranded. Georgia had a similar opportunity in 4th; 2 out, Olney doubled, Griffin walked, but Goulder grounded to Gibson who made a super play to block ball and, on her knees, throw out Goulder. The Vols had another good opportunity in the 6th: Dotson singled; one out, Burchell reached on an error by Goulder at 3rd; but Gibson struck out and Brown grounded out. One out in Vols 7th: Tarango walked; Davin flied out, Chavanne grounded out.
Game Three will begin about 330.
Tennessee 2, Georgia 1 Tennessee advances to World Series
WP Ivy Renfroe 3H, 6K. LP Erin Arevalo 5H
The Vols advance to their fifth World Series, defeating one SEC rival Georgia to face the top team in the SEC, Alabama.
In a mirror reflection of earlier games, there was no scoring until Georgia broke the 0-0 stalemate with a run in the bottom of the 5th. Goulder led with a walk, advanced on Couey’s groundout; and took 3rd on a wild pitch. Sito looked at a wild pitch but reached 1st on a wild pitch, Goulder scoring on the wild pitch. Top 6th: The Vols had 2 baserunners in the first five innings. One out in the 6th, Chavanne and Gibson hit infield singles. Shipman reached on a fielder’s choice; bases loaded. Burchell singled to right, rbi. Gibson scored what proved to be the winning run on Dotson’s sac fly. In the bottom, the heart of the Bulldog lineup went down in order. Three groundouts by Tennessee brought Georgia back to the plate : Griffin grounded out to Renfroe Goulder struck out swinging; Hubbard popped up to the right fielder, ending the what-if game.
Missouri 5, LSU 1 (12) Missouri forces Game 3
WP Chelsea Thomas 5H, 8K. LP Brittany Mack 7H, 17K
For 11 innings, both teams played sparkling, error-free ball. But, in the top 12th, the wheels came off the Bayou bandwagon. LSU committed 4 errors, forcing a Game Three, and ending the longest game in Super Regional history.
Both teams scored in the 3rd. In the top, Stephens walked, Sykes sacrificed; Stephens advanced on a fielding error by Mack. Marston reached on a fielder’s choice, Stephens scored. Missouri stranded 2. In the bottom, Supak walked, Blades in to run. Andrews sacrificed; Blades to 3rd on a passed ball; Hayward walked and stole 2nd; Langoni flied out to right, rbi. Hayward was out at 2nd, 7-5-6, as Blades scored. There were opportunities well before the 12th. Mizzou stranded 2 in the 5th, 2 in the 6th while also losing an out at home; 1 in the 7th; 1 in the 10th, and 2 in the 11th, 8 runners. LSU had similar frustrations, leaving 2 in the 2nd; 1 in the 5th; 1 in the 6th; LSU had 2 on , no outs in the 7th; 1 in the 10th, 7 runners. Seemed like every opportunity LSU had, the next batter couldn’t resolve Thomas’ rise ball or changeup. A smartly pitched game by both Thomas and Mack, but the errors told the tale.
Nothing went right for LSU in the 12th. Marston led off, striking out, but reached 1st on a passed ball. Fleming singled up the middle, Marston went to 3rd on the throw. Hudson was intentionally walked, loading the bases. Randazzo hit a fielder’s choice to 3rd, the eq4rror by the 3rd baseman on the throw allowed three runs to score. At least 2 runs scored because no one covered home plate after the error. Muller popped up. Kingsley reached on a fielder’s choice to short; Randazzo scored. Kingsley and then Genovese were caught stealing 2nd. Erwin relieved Thomas to pitch the bottom 12; LSU went down in order.
California 2, Washington 0 California advances to World Series
WP Jolene Henderson #H, 9K. LP Bryana Walker
Cal and UW both have WCWS trophies in their locker rooms, and contend every year for supremacy in the Pacific 12. But, this Super Regional belonged to the Gold Bears. Tight ball game until the 5th. Kostreba opened with a single; E Reid in to run. D. Henderson popped to 3rd. Jones flied out to center. Cordes homered to left center, 2 rbi. J. Reid singled; Vonk singled; both were stranded. Cal also stranded 2 in 6th. UW’s best opportunity to take control of Game 2 was bottom 1st. Hayward walked; Williams singled; Inglesby struck out. UW pulled a double steal, runners on 2nd and 3rd. Pohlman walked, loading the bases. But Fagaly and Wright flied out, leaving the bases loaded. UW had 2 more on in the 2nd; left them both. They had one runner in the remaining innings until the 7th when Smith reached on an error. california will play the winner of the LSU-Missouri super regional.
LSU 3, Missouri 1 LSU advances to the World Series
WP Rachele Fico 2H, 4K. LP Chelsea Thomas
Simone Heyward has starred in many Tiger games over the years, none more timely than tonight’s deciding Game Three of the Columbia Super Regional. Top 3rd: Kingsley and Genovese singled; Stephens sacrificed the runners forward; Sykes reached on a fielder’s choice, rbi, Kingsley scored. Marston was hbp, loading the bases, one out. Fleming lined out to center; Heyward’s throw to home nailed Genovese for a double play. In the bottom, Wray walked, Blades in to run. Russell hbp. Supak advanced the runners with a sac bunt. Andrews walked, loading the bases. Heyward doubled to left center, 3 rbi. Heyward was out at 3rd, and Langoni singled, but this game now had direction. Missouri had a base runner in the 6th and again in the 7th. A fielding error by Langoni with two out raised Missouri hopes but Genovese flied out to Langoni to end the game, and send LSU to Oklahoma City. LSU will oppose California.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
California vs LSU
South Florida vs Oklahoma
Arizona State vs Oregon
Tennessee vs Alabama
Games begin at noon Thursday