WHAT YOU MISSED
When SPY Softball “crashed” after midnight Saturday, we not only lost more than eight hours of work monitoring games, scores and data, but, in a 1am effort to report the scores, the numerous game notes SPY generates highlighting key plays, extraordinary efforts, etc., which determine outcomes, were lost.
As a service to our readers, but more as acknowledgment of many fine displays of athletic talent and endeavor, we have reviewed Gametracker and college web sites in an attempt to recapture those highlights from Saturday, April 24.
Kenzi Fowler, Arizona, perfect game in 8-0 win over Oregon State
Stephanie Ricketts, Hawaii, perfect game in 20-0 win over Nevada
Amber Johnson, North Carolina, 1-hitter in 1-0 win over Virginia Tech
Amanda Lindsey, Stetson, won both games in sweep of Kennesaw State
Jody Valdivia, Notre Dame, won both games in sweep of Villanova
Whitney Kiihni, Lipscomb, won both games in sweep of Campbell
Sarah Tacke, Virginia, 3-3, all home runs, in win over Boston College
UVA set school record of five home runs in first game, 13-1
Danielle Dike, Georgia Tech, 3 home runs in sweep of Florida State
Stacie Townsend, UTEP, won both games in sweep of UAB
Dalrymple, Cornell, won both games in sweep of Columbia
DiMatteo, Niagara, won both games in sweep of Rider
Tara Oltman, Creighton, won both games in sweep of Bradley
Danielle Glosson, Southern Illinois, 13K against Wichita State
Kylie Wagner, UNLV, 2-hitter against Utah
Heather Schwartzburg, Quinnipiac, won both games in sweep of Wagner
Lauren Sulick, Monmouth, 2-hitter in 11-0 win over Central Connecticut
Blaire Porter, Long Island, won both games in sweep of Bryant
Amber May, Eastern Illinois, 1-hitter against Austin Peay
Jamie Juelfs, Northern Colorado, 1-hitter in 11-1 win over Weber State
Morgan Mikulin, Sam Houston State, pitching against Southeastern Louisiana
Cara Hulme, Texas Arlington, 12 Ks in loss to McNeese State
Melanie Mitchell, Virginia, won both games in sweep of Boston College
Are some victories sweeter than others, especially over an opponent you have trouble beating game after game? For the sheer joy of victory, read California’s report on its run-rule 9-1 win over the Washington Huskies on Saturday. Of course, Danielle Lawrie pitched against Cal today – perfect game.
The No. 17/13 California softball team exploded for eight runs in the second inning to notch one of the biggest upsets in program history with the 9-1 five-inning win over No. 1 Washington on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Bears (34-12 overall/5-6 in the Pac-10 Conference) earned their first upset of a top-ranked team since 2003 with Saturday’s run-rule victory over the defending national champions Huskies (36-5/8-3 Pac-10) to even the series with one win apiece. With Cal holding a 5-1 lead, freshman catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt hit a three-run double to push the Bears to victory. Junior hurler Valerie Arioto pitched a six-hit five-inning gem to move to 16-6 overall, striking out five batters. Ziegenhirt paced the Bears with three RBI while Arioto had two of her own.Saturday’s game marked the first time that the Huskies had been mercied since April 11, 2009, when they lost to UCLA, 10-0 in five innings. The series victor will be decided in Sunday afternoon’s rubber match at noon at Levine-Fricke Field.