WCWS DAY ONE
June 3, 2010
Game 1: Hawaii Rainbow Wahine 3, Missouri Tigers 2
Game 2: UCLA Bruins 16, Florida Gators 3 (6)
Game 3: Tennessee Lady Volunteers 9, Arizona Wildcats 0 (6)
Game 4: Georgia Bulldogs 6, Washington Huskies 3
Four opening day games — four upsets
Game 1: Missouri Tigers 2, Hawaii Rainbow Wahine 3
The Tigers (51-11) are making their second WCWS appearance; they upset UCLA in the 2009 Super Regionals; they still consider themselves underdogs, a theme coach Ehren Earleywine emphasizes. Pitcher Kristin Nottleman (24-7) came on strong during the latter part of the season. They defeated a very good Oregon team in Super Regionals.
The Rainbow Wahine (49-14) are making their first appearance, after making national headlines by upsetting the #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in Super Regionals – on a dramatic two-out, two-run walkoff home run by Rodriguez. Their ace is Stephanie Ricketts 29-8. They led the nation with 154 home runs; Kelly Majam , a freshman, led the team with 30 homers and 60 rbi.
The Game: Hawaii 3, Missouri 2
WP Stephanie Ricketts 6H, 7Ks Kristin Nottelman 9H, 4K
1st: Hawaii went down in order, top 1st, but Missouri threatened. With one out, Marston singled, Hudson walked, Fleming got life when a foul ball was dropped then walked to load the bases. Ricketts struck out Lee and Poet.
2nd: With one out, Aguirre jacked a home run to right center. PU’u Warren followed with a double to the left field corner. Tauali’i fanned. Grimes fouled out. Missouri: Simmons struck out. Christopher out 6-3. Vock grounded to 3rd.
3rd: Yoshikawa lined to center. Majam singled to right. Iwata hit into 6-4-3 double play. Tigers: Taylor beat out a bunt., error on the throw. Hudson shot a double over the right fielder’s head, Taylor scoring the tying run. Flemin fanned. Lee looked at a third strike, Ricketgts’ fifth.
4th: Gonzalez walked; Rodriguez grounded hard to 2nd. Aguirre looked at a third strike. Pu’u reached on a hard hit to 2nd. Runners at the corners, Tauali’i popped to the catcher. Missouri: Poet fanned, Simmons popped, Christopher walked, Vock grounded out.
5th: Hawaii: Grimes flied out to center. Yoshikawa popped to short.; Majam singled to 1st. Iwata singled to right. Gonazalez popped to 2nd. Missouri: Taylor led with a home run over left field. Marston flied out to 3rd. Hudson flied out to center. Fleming popped to short.
6th: Rodriguez worked a 3-2 count, singled to center. Aguirre fanned. Pu’u-Warrend hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing Rodgriguez. Tauali’i fouled out deep left field corner; very good play by Simmons. Tigers: pinch hitter Ortega flied out to left. Poet struck out for the third time. Simmons hit a Texas Leaguer to right, the fifth Tiger hit. Pinch hitter Schweisberger singled to left. Pinch hitter Muller went to 3-1, flied out to right.
7th: Now, the 21 day journey of the Rainbow Wahine faces a fork in the road : at one end, a Missouri stop sign, the other way a road to advance in the WCWS. The winner of this game advances to play the winner of UCLA-Florida; the loser of this game faces the loser of that contest in an elimination game. Hawaii: Grimes the #8 batter, singled to center. Pinchrunner Dara Pagaduan in for Grimes. Yoshikawa launched the first pitch over the wall in right center, Hawaii elevated to 3-2. (Reminescent?) Iwata lined to center. Gonzales lined out to 3rd. Now, it’s Missouri staring down that fork in the road. Taylor , the All Big 12 center fielder, popped to short. Marston, All Big 12 at 1st, flied out to left on a diving catch by Aguirre. Hudson popped foul to 3rd. The Rainbow Wahine advance.
Game 2: #4 Florida Gators vs #5 UCLA Bruins (230pm)
The Bruins have won 10 WCWS titles but none since the days of Keira Goerl and company. The Gators are making their third trip – and remembering how close they came in 2009. Florida, the SEC champion, compiled a record of 48-8; UCLA 49-14. UCLA is 89-29 in WCWS; Florida 6-4.
The Game: UCLA 16, Florida 3 (6)
Aleah Macon vs Stephanie Brombacher
1st: DiSalvatore flied out to left. Monica Harrison walked, advanced on an illegal pitch. Langenfeld singled. Andrea Harrison muscled a 3-run homer. Yudin ground to 1st. Camuso looked at a third strike. Florida: Moultrie out 2-4. Paculba singled to short. Bruder lined into a double play. UCLA 3-0.
2nd: Burney fouled out to 1st. Shull flied out to center. Bates looked at a third strike. Gators: Enea hbp. Schutte singled to left. Bush walkd loading the bases, no outs. On a 2-2 count after fouling off several pitchers, De Felice tied the game with a bases-clearing double into left, 3-3. Brooks ground out. UCLA, which surprised many starting Macon, brought in Megan Langenfeld, a runner-up for player of the year honors. Walker ground out. Moultrie flied out to left.
3rd: DiSalvatore walked. M Harrison sacrificed. Langenfeld hit a 1-2 pitch that tailed fourl into the left field corner, then doubled to right, driving in DiSalvatore, 4-3. Florida elected to put Ensley Gammel in the circle. The first offering, a wild pitch, moved Langenfeld to 3rd. After Yudin walked,, Langenfeld scored on Camuso’s double to left. Yudin scored on an illegal pitch. Burney walked. Shull flied out to center. Gators: Paculba hit back to the pitcher. Bruder singled to left. Enea struck out. Schutte popped to short.
4th: Bates walked, DiSalvatore ground out to 2nd; M Harrison walked; Langenfeld singled, rbi. A Harrison looked at a third strike. Yudin walked, loading the bases. Camuso ground out to 2nd. 7-3. Bush struck out. DeFelice singled to left. Brooks singled to right. Walker reached on a fielder’s choice, DeFelice out at home. Moultrie fanned.
5th: Burney out; Shull out 1-3, Bates reached on an error at 2nd; DiSalvatore ground out. Florida: Paculba flied out to left. Bruder ground out 4-3, Enea hbp again; Schutte singled to center, Bush lined out to Lanfenfeld.
6th: M Harrison doubled, Langenfeld hbp; Andrea Harrison jacked a 3-run homer. Yudin reached on error at 2nd; Camuso doubled, the eighth hit for the Bruins. Erin Schuppert relieved Ensley Gammel. Burney walked, loading the bases. Shull drove in two runs with single to right. 12-3. Bates fanned. DiSalvatore singled in two runs. M Harrison flied out to right, but Langenfeld jacked a 2-run shot to left center, the 8th and 9th runs of this at-bat. 16-3. A Harrison flied out. Florida: The Gators were improbably and unexpectedly facing the run-rule. Florida: DeFelice, Brooks and Horton down in order.
Game 3: Arizona Wildcats vs Tennessee Lady Volunteers (6pm)
The Wildcats are seeking their ninth title under Coach Mike Candrea, and possess a WCWS all time WL record 57-29. Tennessee is 10-6 in World Series play, and rfeached OKC by upsetting #2 Michigan. Arizona was 48-11 in 2010, Tennessee 47-13. Both have strong starters: UofA Kenzie Fowler 34-6, UT Ivy Renfro 29-4.
The Game: Tennessee 9, Arizona 0 (5)
1st: Vols: Chavanne walked, Dotson fanned, Grieve fielder’s choice, forcing Chavanne, Spigner hbp, Huff struck out. Wildcats: Lastrapes doubled to center, Schutzler lined to short, Arredondo was out 1-3, Chambers flied out to left.
2nd: Gibson struck out; Webb walked, Kajitani looked at a third strike, Andrews walked, Chavanne walked loading the bases, Dotson flied out to left. Arizona: Renfro retired the side on strikes: Del onte, Perelini, Arriola.
3rd: Grieve grounded out but was awarded the base on an illegal pitch; Spigner sac bunt, Huff walked, with Gibson at bat, another illegal pitch advanced the runners to 2nd and 3rd; Gibson drew the fourth walk off Fowler, loading the bases. Another illegal pitch call – the third on Fowler –forced in a Tennessee run (Grieve).Webb’s double to center brought in two more runs. The Vols had one hit, but a 3-0 lead. Andrews walked but a fourth illegal pitch call brought in a fourth Vols run. Arizona: Kirker fanned. Buchanan beat out an infield hit. Lastrapes sacrificed. Schutzler struck out.
4th: Infield hits put Dotson and Grieve on base. An error at short on Spigner’s grounder brought Dotson home, 5-0. Arizona put Sarah Akamine in the circle. Huff hit into a fielder’s choice, the runner out at home. Gibson slashed an rbi single down the left field line. Webb ground out, but Kajitani singled, rbi. 7-0. Arizona: Arredondo grounded to short; Chambers out 4-3, Del Ponte singled but was stranded when Koria fanned.
5th: Chavanne hbp; advanced on wild pitch; Dotson walked; Grieve reached on a fielder’s choice, forcing Chavanne; Spigner hit a 2-run double,, 9-0. Huff was out 1-4-3. Gibson grounded out to 2nd. Arizona: the Wildcats have been outscored 24-0 in their last three Series games (while every Vol has reached safely). Arriola ground out to short. Kirker fouled out to 3rd. Buchanan went down, the Vols won by run rule, the third upset of the first day of the 2010 World Series.
Game 4: Washington Huskies vs Georgia Bulldogs (830pm)
The defending national champions vs an SEC power.
The Game: Georgia 6, Washington 3
WP Erin Arrevalo. LP Danielle Lawrie
1st: The Dawgs went down in order: Schlopy, Wiggins, Goler. Huskies: Salling drew a walk to lead off. Pohlman ground out; Lawrie singled. Wright fanned. Williams doubled, rbi. Fagaly singled in two runs, 3-0. Smith was hbp; Stuart flied out, leaving two. Erin Arrevalo relieved Sarah McCloud.
2nd: Georgia down in order: Hesson, Sandberg, Razey, the last two on strikes. Leading off for the Huskies, Fleischman fanned. Salling singled; Pohlman struck out; Lawrie flied out deep to left.
3rd: Auger and Trout grounded out; Pauly singled, Schlopy walked, Wiggins flied out deep to center. UW: Wright and Williams ground out, Fagaly skied deep to left.
4th: Goler, who led her team with 15 HRs this season, opened with a deep fly to left. Hesson grounded to 3rd. Sandberg jacked a pitch to left center for a home run. Razey singled to right. Auger struck out. 3-1. Huskies: Smith reached on an error at 3rd: McWherter in to run. Stuart singled; Fleischman advanced both runners with a sac bunt. Salling walked, loading the bases. Pohlman hit into a fielder’s choice, McWherter out at home. Bases loaded, Lawrie popped up to the catcher.
5th: Trout singled to left, Pauly singled to right.The teams now stood at 5 hits apiece. Schlopy singled to center, loading the bases. The first three games were upset victories; could there be a fourth upset on the first day of the 2010 Series? Wiggins rode the first pitch into right field, rbi single. Goler hit into a fielder’s choice, the out at home. Still loaded, one out. Hesson beat out an infield hit to 1st, the throw home a tad late to stop the tying run. Bases still loaded, tie game 3-3, one out. Sandberg, who had homered in the previous inning, hit into a fielder’s choice at 3rd, the out at home. Razey hit a line drive, snared by a leaping shortstop, Salling. Huskies 5th: Wright fanned. Williams singled to center. Fagaly hit into a fielder’s choice, Williams out at 2nd. Smith fanned.
6th: Auger looked at a third strike, but Trout and Pauly singled, Sarah Sikes, who could give running lessons to jackrabbits, was put in to run for Trout and sailed to 3rd on Pauly’s single. Schlopy struck out. Wiggins crushed a 3-run shot to center, and the Dawgs took a 6-3 lead. Goler hit a high fly that dropped between three fielders. Hesson flied out to center. Huskies 6th: Before the Series began some pundits predicted a meeting between Washington and Arizona as possibly decisive; unless the Huskies find their bats in the next two turns, that Huskies-Wildcat meeting will be an elimination game. Stuart was hbp; Fleischman was out trying to bunt. Top of the order. Salling at bat, Stuart advanced on a wild pitch. Salling drew a walk, the pitch was wild and Salling kept running, sliding into 2nd while Stuart went to 3rd. Allison Owen relieved Arrevalo. Pohlman went down for the third time, looking at a third strike. Lawrie walked, loading the bases with two out. After fouling off severa long balls, Wright struck out.
7th: Sandberg flied out to center; Razey hit back to Lawrie, Auger grounded out to 3rd. Now, the burden fell to the Huskies. First up: Williams lobbed a pitch over the fence – foul – then looked at a third strike. Fagaly struck out. Smith fanned. Owen had struck out the side – and thrust the defending champions into the losers’ bracket – where they will face Arizona. Ge4orgia will play Tennessee.