What You Missed on Saturday


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.

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