SUPER REGIONALS May 28, 2010
REGION 1: TUSCALOOSA AL
Game 1: 630pm
#1 Alabama vs $16 Hawaii /Postponed weather; Games 1 & 2 on Saturday
REGION 3: SEATTLE WA
Game 2: 530pm PT ESPNU
#1 Washington 3, #14 Oklahoma 0
WP Danielle Lawrie 2-hitter 10K. LP Keilani Ricketts
Lawrie pitched her 23rd shutout of the season, forcing a “what-if” game at 11pm.
The contrast between Games 1 & 2 was obvious in Lawrie’s composure, which OU shattered last night with 5 home runs. Tonight, Oklahoma hit the first of two singles in the 5th (Shults) and the second when Nix led the bottom of the 6th. Nor were the Sooners as crisp defensively; Salling led off the game reaching on an error and should have been out on a rundown between 1st and 2nd but the OU fielder over-ran the play. UW didn’t score but it brought the crowd up. In the bottom 1st, Lawrie gave up two of the four walks she issued tonight, but she struck out the other three batters. Williams led the 2nd with a triple, made possible when Nix in right field dove for the ball which went to the wall. With one out, Smith doubled in the run. In the 5th, Fleischman reached on an error by Flores at 2nd; but she was called out for leaving early. OU had two on in the 5th; Flores walked, Shults singled, but Vandever flied out to right. Pohlman led the Huskies 6th with an infield hit to short. Lawrie and Wright singled, loading the bases with no outs. Williams popped up to Flores at 2nd; Fagaly drew an rbi walk, and Smith drove in UW’s third run with a groundout. Nix singled to open the Sooner 6th but Lawrie fanned Ricketts and Anderson. Neither team mustered any offense in the 7th.
Game 2: Washington 4, Oklahoma 0 Defending champion Washington returns to World Series
WP Danielle Lawrie 5H, 17K. LP Keilani Ricketts 5H, 8K
Lawrie, last season’s player of the year, completed a remarkable evening, pitching 14 scoreless innings while striking out 24, and yielding just 7 hits. ESPN announced that only five teams had lost the first game and advanced to the WCWS; UW made it six. Lawrie struck out the side in the 2nd, 3rd and 6th innings, and struck out each Sooner at least once. Remarkably, last night’s home run hitters — Flores who set an NCAA record with three and Shults (4Ks tonight) — were among four Sooners who looked at third strikes with runners on base. Lawries’ effort overshadowed the yeoman effort by freshman Ricketts, who had one bad inning. After Lawrie struck out 2 of 3 top 1st, Salling reached on an error at 3rd (the Sooners made 3 errors). With one out, Lawrie singled, then Wright jacked a 3-run homer. UW also had two on in the 4th but a run was snuffed on a grounder to short, Long nailing the throw to Vandever at the plate. The Huskies also had two on in the 5th when they scored their final run. Pohlman grounded out; Lawrie walked, Fa’asua in to run. Wright forced Fa’asua at 2nd but, apparently catching the OU infield not looking, Wright stole 2nd. Fitzsimmons in to run. Williams singled to left, Fitzsimmons scored on the throwing error in left field. As dominating as Lawrie seemed, particularly with that 3-run cushion, the Sooners had some chances. Nix opened the OU 2nd with a double to center, followed by three strikeouts. Nix collected her second hit, a single in the 4th, but was left. Oklahoma’s strongest threat came in the 5th. Jones singled to left, pinch hitter Turang beat out an infield hit; Huey advanced the runners to 2nd and 3rd; Flores walked to load the bases, but Shults looked at a third strike and Vandever flied out to right. OU’s final chance came in the 7th. Jones led off with a walk, Sallis fanned but Huey beat out a single to 3rd. Two on but Shults and Flores looked at third strikes. As aggressive as the Sooners were in attacking every kind of pitch Lawrie threw in Game One, they were tentative in the last two games, too often looking at third strikes, even on 3-2 counts, a testament to Lawrie’s ability to paint the corners and ride the black. Lawrie gave up four walks, three to Flores — who drew six consecutive walks after those three homers last night.
At the World Series, Washington will face the winner of the Arizona/BYU Super Regional.
REGION 6: ATHENS GEORGIA
Game 1: 330pm PT ESPNU
#6 Georgia 7, #11 California 0
WP Sarah McCloud 4H. LP Valerie Arioto
Alison Goler and Kristyn Sandberg each hit a 2-run home run
After Cal stranded two top 1st, the Dawgs posted three runs. Schlopy walked; Goler jacked a homer to center field. Sandberg doubled; Razey reached on an error, Sandberg scored, 3-0. Georgia 5th: Goler led with a walk, Sikes in to run. Hesson flied out, Sikes stoled 2nd, Sandberg launched a 2-run homer to left field. Trout opened Dawgs’ 6th with a double, advanced on sac bunt by Pauly; Schlopy hit by pitch and stole 2nd; Wiggins slashed a 2-run single, 7-0. Goler was intentionally walked, but UGA stranded two runners. Cal 7th: Wallace doubled, pinch runner Houson reached 3rd but stayed there.
REGION 10: TUCSON AZ
Game 1 7pm ESPN2
#10 Arizona 2, BYU 1
WP Kenzie Fowler.6H, 10K. LP Paige Affleck
Fowler struck out 2 of 3 in top 1st, stranding a runner at 3rd. Wildcats scored in bottom; with one out, Schutzler and Arredondo singled; with two out, Del Ponte slashed a 3-2 pitch for a double, driving in Schutzler. The 1-0 lead was threatened in top 4th when BYU loaded the bases but the third out was made at home on a fielder’s choice, stranding three. BYU cracked the score board top 6th; Hudson walked; pinch runner Messerschmid scored the tying run on Willard’s single. Fowler struck out the next two batters. Arizona broke the tie with one out in the bottom, Del Ponte doubled and scored on Koria’s single. Almost evenly matched on hits — 7 for UofA, 6 for BYU, but the Wildcats made three errors.
REGION 2: ANN ARBOR
Game 2: 430pm ESPNU
#15 Tennessee 4, #2 Michigan 3
Tennessee up 4-0 on home runs; holds on to win 4-3. Tennessee advances to College World Series.
WP Cat Hosfield. LP Nikki Nemitz. Sv Ivy Renfro.
Top 1st: Viefhaus walked with two out; caught stealing. Bottom: Chavanne hit by pitch from Nikki Nemitz; Dotson singled; both advanced on Grieve K. Spigner intentionally walked, loading bases. Gibson hbp, rbi, 1-0 Vols. Huff hit a ball which bounced off home plate, catcher retrieved, touched home and threw to 1st for double play, which UT coaches argued. Top 2nd: Shaw walked, Chidester singled, both stranded. Vols 2nd: Kajitani led off with a homer. Jordan Taylor, the loser of Game 1, relieved Nemitz and was greeted with a home run by Webb 3-0. Both teams stranded a runner in the 3rd. Vols 4th: Webb hit a one-out homer, 4-0. Chavanne singled, stole 2nd. Side retired. Through four innings, Cat Hosfield has limited Michigan to three hits. The scenario changed in the 5th. With two out, Bausher walked, Findlay powered a home run to left. Ivy Renfro, who shut out Michigan in Game One, relieved Hosfield. Top 6th: Shaw homered by Renfro struck out Chidester and Nemitz. Vols 6th: Taylor struck out the side, Huff, Kajitani and Webb — the last two having hit the home runs. Wolverines 7th: Kirkpatrick walked; Knapp fanned. Bausher singled; Findlay singled to center, loading the bases with one out. Viefhaus struck out swinging. St Clair lined out to Andrews at shortstop. The Wolverines had not lost at home (what a great new park) since losing Super Regionals to Virginia Tech and Angela Tincher in 2008. Once again, Michigan falls to a much lower ranked team.