5-31-2012 WCWS Game Notes

NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

May31-June 6, 2012

ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

Oklahoma City, Okla.

POSTGAME NOTES


Game 1: Oklahoma 5, USF 1

 

  • In the first game of the 2012 Women’s College World Series, No. 4 seed Oklahoma defeated USF 5-1. OU improved to 51-8 on the year while USF dropped to 50-13.
  • The Sooners snapped a four-game WCWS losing streak that dated back to 2004 when OU defeated Washington 6-2 in its first-round game. In its seventh WCWS appearance, OU improved to 8-10 all-time and 4-3 in first-round action.

 

  • The game for the Bulls was their first ever in WCWS play. They fell to 42-3 this season when scoring first.

 

  • USF sophomore Kourtney Salvarola hit an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning to plate the game’s first run. Salvarola leads the Bulls with 32 RBIs on the year, while the RBI was a WCWS first for the Bulls.

 

  • USF senior Jessica Mouse’s first-inning double marked the first hit for the program in a WCWS game.

 

  • Oklahoma freshman Lauren Chamberlain hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give OU a 2-1 advantage. The home run was Chamberlain’s 28th of the year, which moved her into ninth on the NCAA’s all-time single-season home run list. In three at bats, Chamberlain finished the contest with two hits, two runs and two RBIs

 

  • OU junior pitcher Keilani Ricketts improved to 34-7 this season and recorded 11 strikeouts, a program record in WCWS play. Ricketts, who gave up just three hits and one run (unearned), has not given up an earned run in 33.0 innings pitched. Today’s contest marked the 23rd game of the year and fourth in postseason play she has registered at least 10 strikeouts.

 

  • Ricketts belted an RBI-triple in the bottom of the sixth to bring home Chamberlain, who hit her ninth double of the year. The triple was Ricketts’ second of her career (the first came against Lehigh in the first round of this year’s NCAA Norman Regional). Ricketts’ triple was the Sooners first in WCWS history.

 

  • USF sophomore pitcher Sara Nevins (31-7) surrendered four hits and five earned runs while striking out seven in her 4.2 innings of work.

 

  • USF’s Lindsey Richardson has yet to give up an earned run in 14.0 innings pitched in NCAA tournament action. Richardson gave up one hit and recorded two strikeouts in her 1.1 innings today.

 

  • USF freshman pitcher Sam Greiner made her first NCAA postseason appearance in the sixth inning, facing  two batters. She issued a bases-loaded walk to plate OU’s final run.

Game 2: California 5, LSU 3

 

  • The second game of the Women’s College World Series saw top-seeded California (57-5) defeat LSU (39-24), 5-3.
  • California improved to 8-2 all-time against LSU (2-0 this season). Cal also upped its WCWS record against the Tigers to 2-1. LSU fell to 5-5 all-time in its third WCWS appearance, while Cal improved to 20-20 all-time in the event and to 7-5 in opening-round matchups.

 

  • The Bears improved to 3-3 this year when trailing after four innings and to 34-0 when leading after six.

 

  • LSU senior Morgan Russell delivered a two-run single in the second inning to drive in Allison Falcon and Ashley Applegate, giving the Tigers a 2-0 advantage. The RBIs were Russell’s 10th and 11th of the year. She has four RBIs in the last four games.

 

  • Cal senior Jamia Reid knotted the score, 2-2, after Frani Echavarria hit her first sacrifice fly of the season in the fifth. Reid leads Cal with 86 hits on the year and added two runs to put her season total at 53, which is second best on the team.

 

  • Cal pitcher Jolene Henderson made her fourth WCWS appearance and recorded her second win in the event. The junior improved to 37-2 on the year, giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out five.

 

  • LSU junior pitcher Rachele Fico fell to 20-12 this season. In 5.1 innings, she gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits. She walked four batters and struck out six.

 

  • LSU’s Ashley Applegate produced a season-high three hits in the game. She has reached base safely in nine of her last 12 outings. Applegate improved to 25th in LSU history with 140 career hits, passing Sara Fitzgerald who tallied 138 from 2001-04.

 

  • LSU senior Ashley Langoni recorded her team-leading 12th multi-hit game of the season with a single and double today.

 

  • California will face Oklahoma Friday at 6 p.m., while LSU will play USF in an elimination game at 11 a.m. Saturday.

 

  • Thursday’s Session 1 attendance of 8,149 broke the previous WCWS Session 1 record (7,280) set last year.

 

Game 3: Alabama 5, Tennessee 3

 

  • In the first game of Session 2, No. 2 seed Alabama downed Tennessee, 5-3.  Alabama improved to 56-7 on the year while Tennessee fell to 52-13.
  • Alabama improved to 32-16 all-time against the Lady Vols and holds a 2-1 advantage over UT this season.

 

  • Tennessee sustained its first loss in opening-round play at the WCWS after entering today’s contest with a 4-0 record. Tennessee is now 12-9 all-time in the event.

 

  • In its eighth WCWS appearance, Alabama improved to 9-14 in the event and to 2-6 in opening-round games.  The Crimson Tide also won its opener last year.

 

  • Alabama’s nine-game winning streak is tied with Oklahoma for the nation’s longest.

 

  • Alabama senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia hit a three-run double in the first inning to put the Crimson Tide up 3-0. She later scored in the inning as Alabama plated four runs before making an out.

 

  • With its four runs in the opening frame, the Tide has now outscored its opponents 107-23 in the first inning this year. Alabama improved to 30-1 when scoring in the first inning and to 43-2 when scoring first.

 

  • Tennessee sophomore Melissa Davin hit her eighth home run of the year to plate the Lady Vols’ first two runs in the second inning. Davin scored another run in the seventh inning as a pinch runner.

 

  • Alabama senior Jennifer Fenton extended her hitting streak to 11 games with her fourth-inning single and has reached base in 14 straight contests. In five NCAA tournament games this year, Fenton is batting .600 (12-for-20) with eight runs and five RBI.

 

  • Alabama sophomore pitcher Jackie Traina recorded her 38th win of the year, tying the single-season school record originally set by Shelley Laird in 2000. Traina tossed a complete game, surrendering three runs on five hits while striking out eight and walking three.

 

  • Tennessee junior pitcher Ivy Renfro fell to 25-9 on the year following today’s loss. Renfroe gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits and four walks in 2.2 innings pitched.

 

 

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