2015 Women’s College World Series: Day 4 Wrap Up

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2015 Women’s College World Series: Day 4 Wrap Up

Sunday was another exciting day of games at the 2015 Women’s Womenp’s College World Series. The 2015 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament Championship Series is now set after the two semifinal games.

Recaps for the Women’s College World Series on Thursday can be found here, Friday can be found here, and Saturday’s here. The schedule for the Championship Series can be found here.

#4 Auburn Versus #1 Florida – Game 11 Recap

A walk off single by the Florida Gators’ Nicole DeWitt in the bottom of the ninth defeated the Auburn Tigers 3-2. It was a great game between the top two SEC teams that eliminated Auburn.

The first pitch of the game hit Emily Carosone in the elbow to put her on base, but she was thrown out at second two batters later on a fielder’s choice. Carlee Wallace drew a walk to put runners on first and second, but Florida’s Kathlyn Medina made a nice jumping grab at shortstop to end the top of the first.

Florida’s Kelsey Stewart hit a lead off double to the left field gap and barely slid in to second in front of the tag. After a pop out to short right field, Stewart tagged up to third and a nice defensive back up prevented Stewart from scoring on a poor throw. She would not make it home as a ground out to third and pop out in foul territory ended the Gators’ inning.

The top of the second began with a lead off walk for Morgan Estell. A pop out, error by Medina at shortstop, and an error by Taylore Fuller loaded the bases for Auburn. Carosone then lined out to center and Kirsti Merritt threw home to get Estell with a great tag applied by Aubree Munro. That double play ended the frame with the game still scoreless.

In the bottom of the second, Florida’s Bailey Castro was hit by a pitch with one out, but Kayli Kvistad grounded into a double play to end the inning, as the excellent defensive plays continued for both teams.

Kasey Cooper led off the top of the third with a double over the left fielder’s head and she moved up to third after two ground outs. Haley Fagan drew a two out walk to put runners on the corners, but a fly out to center ended another threat for Auburn.

Florida had a chance as well in the bottom of the third. A one out single up the middle by Justine McLean was followed by a wild pitch, walk, fly out, and another walk to load the bases with two outs. A wild pitch allowed McLean to steal home though she just beat the tag to give the Gators a 1-0 lead. A foul out ended the third inning with the first run across the plate.

Auburn had a chance to respond in the top of the fourth. Both Jade Rhodes and Mckenzie Kilpatrick singled up the middle to start the inning before a strike out by Tiffany Howard. Another walk to by Haeger, this time to Carosone, loaded the bases with only one out for Auburn. After a strike out, Branndi Melero hit a single up the middle to bring home Rhodes and Victoria Draper to give Auburn a 2-1 lead. Wallace then hit a flare single to center field, but Merritt threw out a second Auburn runner at home in Carosone to keep the game at 2-1 after the top of the fourth.

The Gators wasted no time to tie the game. On a full count, Taylore Fuller hit a laser over the left field wall to lead off the inning to make it a 2-2 game. Castro then lined out on a beautiful snag by Kasey Cooper at third. The Gators put runners on first and second following the line out, but could not reclaim the lead. After four innings, it was all tied at two apiece.

Auburn began the sixth with a lead off single from Howard, but a fly out and two ground outs kept one runner stranded on base. The Gators got a one out walk from Bailey Castro, but a double play ended their chance in the bottom of the sixth as well. The game went to the seventh tied at two apiece.

Auburn had a rally in the top of the seventh. A one out double by Haley Fagan hit the left line, but a ground out on the next play really hurt Auburn’s chances to score. A strike out by Rhodes ended the inning for Auburn and put Florida in position to win in the bottom of the seventh.

Florida started the bottom of the seventh with a lead off walk by Aubree Munro after a nine pitch at bat. She was pinch ran for with Chelsea Herndon and Auburn’s Lexi Davis came out of the circle for Rachael Walters. McLean sacrificed Herndon to second with a bunt and only one out. Kelsey Stewart struck out and the Tigers opted to bring Davis back in. The Gators opted to pinch hit for Nicole DeWitt for Briana Little. Little flew out for the final out and Auburn was in another extra inning game.

Tiffany Howard singled to left field between third and short with one out to start another rally. However, a foul out to third and line out to right field stranded Howard to give Florida another chance for a walk off.

Lauren Haeger led off the bottom of the eighth with a four pitch walk to represent the winning run. Francesca Martinez came in to pinch run for Haeger after the walk. Kirsti Merritt, a defensive hero twice earlier in the game, flew out to center field for the first out. Fuller hit a rope to left field that was just foul and she then walked two pitches later. Castro also drew a walk to load the bases with Kayli Kvistad at the plate. Kvistad hit a rope to center that was caught and Morgan Estell threw home to nail Martinez at the plate to keep the game going.

Wallace hit a one out single to center field in the top of the ninth to get another Auburn rally started. After a strike out, Estell hit a single to shortstop that could not get Estell in time to put runners on first and second with two outs. Haeger came back to strike out Rhodes to move the game to the bottom of the ninth still tied at 2.

After two pitches in the bottom of the ninth, Lexi Davis was removed in favor of Marcy Harper. Munro was able to draw a lead off walk to get a Florida rally underway. McLean tried to sacrifice, but Munro was thrown out at second while McLean reached first. A wild pitch allowed McLean to reach second, but Stewart popped out to short for the second out. DeWitt replaced Briana Little and it paid off with a bloop single to left field that scored McLean for the 3-2 win.

Florida Moves on to the Women’s College World Series Championship Series for the fourth time in the last seven years. They will face either LSU or Michigan on Monday night.

#5 LSU Versus #3 Michigan – Game 12 Recap

The Michigan Wolverines came back from a two run deficit against LSU to win 6-3 on Sunday. They will move to the Championship Series to face the Florida Gators.

LSU was able to get on the board first in the top of the second inning. A one out walk drawn by Kellsi Kloss was followed up with a single by Sandra Simmons to put runners on the corners. Constance Quinn then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to put LSU up 1-0. Simmons stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch while Sydney Bourg was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners again. The Wolverines got a strike out to end the inning and limit the damage to just one run.

Michigan had a rally of their own in the bottom of the second, but it did not result in any runs scored. Kelsey Susalla drew a lead off walk in four pitches, Lauren Sweet reached on a ground out, and Lindsay Montemarano put runners on first and second with one out. A pop out to second base was followed up with a wild pitch and walk to load the bases. Abby Ramirez flied out to left to leave the bases loaded and LSU leading 1-0 after two innings.

LSU was able to start a two out rally in the top of the third. Bianka Bell reached on an error by Sierra Romero at second while Sahvanna Jaquish was hit by a pitch two put runners on first and second. The side was retired on a grounder down the first base line to keep the game at a one run gap.

The Wolverines were able to tie the game in the bottom of the second. Sierra Romero took a two-two pitch to left field and it hit off the left field foul pole to tie the game at one apiece. The next two Michigan batters went down in order and the third inning ended with the score at 1-1.

LSU’s Sandra Simmons started the fourth inning off with a lead off bunt single and used her speed to beat the throw. A strike out by Quinn allowed Simmons to steal second. Bourg then hit a single to center field and advanced to second to put runners on second and third with only one out. A.J. Andrews was able to draw a walk to load the bases, which brought up Bailey Landry.

Landry hit an opposite field double to left field to drive home two runs and give LSU a 3-1 lead. Megan Betsa came out for Michigan while Haylie Wagner took over in the circle. Wagner was able to strike out Bell, but the damage was already done. Michigan trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the fourth.

The Wolverines were able to tie the game up again in the bottom of the fourth. Montemarano hit a one out double and scored two batters later with a single to center field by Tera Blanco that one-hopped into Andrews’ glove. Ramirez hit a single to center while Nikki Wald pinch ran for Blanco. Wald then stole second and a poor throw to third allowed her to score to tie the game at three. Ramirez stole second and Sierra Lawrence walked to bring up Romero. She hit a sharp grounder to first to end the inning with the game knotted at three.

Despite a lead off single by Jaquish, LSU was unable to get a runner beyond first with Wagner striking out the last two batters of the inning. Michigan went down one, two, three in the bottom of the fifth.

LSU had another base runner on base after a two out single by Andrews. Landry came up and strike out to finish the inning, but for good measure the Wolverines also threw Andrews out at second as she tried to steal second.

Michigan was able to take their first lead in the bottom of the sixth. Montemarano drew a lead off walk and after a fielder’s choice, Blanco singled to left field. A bloop single by Ramirez in between the center fielder, shortstop, and second loaded the bases. Sierra Lawrence stepped up and hit the first pitch she saw down the left field line to bring home two runners for a 5-3 lead.

Carley Hoover was replaced by Allie Walljasper in the pitching circle. Romero hit a grounder shortstop that was thrown home to get Ramirez at the plate. Runners were on the corners with two outs when Romero tried to steal second. She appeared to be in a run down, but Lawrence on third decided to try her luck as well and the LSU fielder tripped, which allowed both runners to be safe for a 6-3 Michigan lead after six innings.

Bianka Bell drew a lead off walk for LSU but was thrown out at second on a ground out. Jaquish was then thrown out at second on another ground ball to put LSU down to their final out with Kailey McCasland at first. A ground out back to Wagner ended the game for LSU.

Haylie Wagner’s performance after replacing Megan Betsa in the top of the fourth was key. Wagner threw 3 1/3 innings while giving up only two hits, one walk, and striking out five batters.

Michigan will take on the Florida Gators in the Championship Series starting on Monday. The best of three series will conclude on Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the winning team in the first two games.

2015 Women’s College World Series: Day 3 Wrap Up

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2015 Women’s College World Series: Day 3 Wrap Up

Elimination Saturday comprised four games that would cut the field in a half from eight teams to four teams. It was an exciting day that sets up Sunday to determine the two teams that will contest the Championship Series starting on Monday.

An updated schedule of games can be found here while recaps of the games on Thursday are here and Friday are here.

#8 Tennessee Versus #4 Auburn – Game 7 Recap

A close game between SEC foes Tennessee and Auburn saw the Tigers come out on top with a 4-2 win. Auburn will be back on the field again on Saturday needing to win a second game to stave off elimination.

Auburn started a two out rally with a walk drawn by Kasey Cooper and single to left field by Branndi Melero, but a ground out ended the rally in the top of the first.

The Volunteers also had a two out rally of their own in the bottom of the first. A single past the shortstop by Megan Geer was followed by a single from Annie Aldrete to put runners on the corners. A pop out in shallow left field also left Tennessee without any runs.

The top of the second produced an even better chance for Auburn. Haley Fagan led off with a single and Carlee Wallace did the same. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up to second and third, but like the first inning, the Tigers could not capitalize.

Tennessee also had a great opportunity to put up the first runs of the game. A one out double by Rainey Gaffin was followed up with a walk and single to load the bases. A line out by Meghan Gregg to short allowed a double play to occur as Tory Lewis was too far off the base and thrown out at first. After two innings, the game was still scoreless.

The top of the third was a similar story for Auburn, but a different ending this time. Cooper drew a one out walk and moved up to second on a ground out by Melero. Morgan Estell hit an infield single and then stole second to put runners on second and third. A little dribbler off the end of the bat by Fagan was perfectly placed with the infield back and the Tigers took a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers continue to build their lead with a double by Wallace to the right center field wall to clear the bases. At this point, Tennessee’s Erin Gabriel was removed from the pitching circle for Cheyanne Tarango with Auburn leading 3-0. Auburn added another run with Jade Rhodes hitting a pop fly down the left field line that could not be caught by Shaliyah Geathers despite it being in her glove. Wallace scored to make it 4-0, which is the lead the Tigers took after the top of the third.

Tennessee was finally able to put their first run on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Scarlet McSwain started with a lead off single while a ground out two batters later saw he thrown out at second, but Gaffin reach base. Geathers then hit a double that reached the left center field wall to bring home Gaffin while the Vols trailed 4-1 after four innings.

The Tigers had a chance to rebuild their lead to four runs with runners on first and second with two outs, but the Volunteers did not give up a run by forcing a ground out to end the threat.

The Vols had a chance to cut into their deficit in the bottom of the fifth and did so. Gregg reached on a funky hop over the pitcher’s glove while Lexi Overstreet singled to right field. Geer hit into a double play with a line out to right field while Overstreet was doubled up at first on an overzealous base running trip. A single by Aldrete and hit by pitch from McSwain loaded the bases with two outs.

After going to a full count, Tarango was able to hit an opposite field single to right field to score Gregg to make it a 4-2 game. Auburn decided to replace Lexi Davis in the circle with Rachael Walters who was able to get the last out of the inning with a fly out to left field by Gaffin.

A formful sixth inning set up a tense finish between the Tigers and Volunteers in the bottom of the seventh with Auburn holding a 4-2 lead. Overstreet struck out to start the bottom half of the inning while an error by at second base by Emily Carosone allowed Megan Geer to reach first base. It was just the third error by Carosone all season.

Walters was able to get Aldrete to chase a rise ball for a strike out and out number two. Walters then struck out McSwain to end the game and keep Auburn alive. Tennessee was eliminated with the loss.

The win against Tennessee was Auburn’s first Women’s College World Series win in program history. They will be back on the field again on Saturday with a game against UCLA at 7 PM Eastern Time.

#6 Alabama Versus #2 Oregon – Game 8 Recap

The Alabama Crimson Tide survived to play another game on Saturday with a tight 2-1 victory over Oregon. Alexis Osorio threw a complete game three hitter for the Tide.

In the bottom of the first, Alabama got a one out walk from Haylie McCleney and she then stole second. A strike out by Jadyn Spencer and deep fly out to the warning track by Chaunsey Bell left McCleney stranded.

The Tide were in better position to score in the bottom of the second. A one out single by Danae Hays was followed by a double off the right center field wall from Daniell Richard, however, the runners were stopped at second and third. Cheridan Hawkins struck out Leona Lafaele, but a flare single into right field by Chandler Dare brought home both runners for a 2-0 Alabama lead after two innings.

Oregon was able to cut the deficit in half to 2-1 in the top of the third inning. Lauren Lindvall drew a one out walk while a ground ball moved her up to second. A single from Janie Takeda drove Lindvall home for a 2-1 game after two and a half innings of play.

The Ducks had a chance in the top of the fourth to tie the game. Jenna Lilley started with single to right center field and she was sacrificed to second by Hailey Decker. A strike out, walk, and hit by pitch loaded the bases for Oregon with two down, however, Lindvall grounded out to second to end the inning.

Oregon’s Janie Takeda bunted to reach base in the top of the fifth, but was thrown out trying to steal second and the Ducks could not continue the rally. In the bottom of the fifth, Dare had a one out double over the right fielder to put Alabama in position to score a crucial insurance run. Dare would be run down after a ground ball back to Hawkins while Demi Turner was able to get all the way to second. After intentionally walking McCleney to put runners on first and second, Hawkins was able to strike out Jadyn Spencer to keep the game at 2-1 in favor of Alabama.

Both teams went down in order in the sixth inning to set the stage for a last chance in the top of the seventh for Oregon. The Ducks would provide an anticlimactic finish with a pop out and two strikeouts to end the game.

Alexis Osorio ended up going the distance giving up only one run, three hits, and two walks, but struck out nine Oregon batters in the win.

Oregon has been eliminated from the Women’s College World Series while Alabama will play LSU on Saturday night after UCLA versus Auburn.

#7 UCLA Versus #4 Auburn – Game 9 Recap

The game of the tournament thus far was wild from start to finish. Both teams had plenty of action while UCLA blew a five run lead in the third inning and Auburn blew a two run lead in the top of the seventh. In the end, Auburn won 11-10 on a walk off walk of all plays. (The box score is worth checking out and is linked at the end of the previous sentence).

UCLA’s top of the first began with a hard hit to right center field by Delaney Spaulding that went to the warning track, but the ball was caught. After a bunt out, Ally Carda hit a soft single to right center field while Stephany LaRosa hit a two out double to right field to put runners on second and third. A check swing by Mysha Sataraka led to a Carda being thrown out at home to keep the game scoreless after half an inning.

The bottom of the first gave Auburn a chance to take the lead with a two out rally. Back-to-back walks ended up not leading to anything more as a fly out ended the first inning with no score in the game.

In the top of the second, UCLA was able to get runners on first and second with one out after an error by Auburn’s Kasey Cooper and a single to shortstop. Once again, the Bruins could not take advantage as a foul out and ground out ended the top of the second.

The Bruins finally got on the board in the top of the third. A lead off walk by Allexis Bennett turned into a runner on second after she stole second easily. Another walk drawn by Carda and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners up to second and third with only one out. Another walk to Sataraka loaded the bases while Auburn elected to take Lexi Davis out of the circle in favor of Rachael Walters.

The first pitch to Gabrielle Maurice was crushed into the right center field gap for a bases clearing triple and a 3-0 UCLA lead. After another walk, a bunt by Gracie Goulder was fielded and thrown back to home to get Maurice at the plate to keep it a 3-0 game. The Bruins added a fourth run with a single to right center by Kylee Perez that scored Maddy Jelenicki. The Tigers then made another pitching change with Marcy Harper coming in for Walters. One more run scored after a double steal of second and home (to go along with a blown call at second on the steal) to make it a 5-0 game after the top of the third.

Auburn’s offense responded in the bottom of the third. A walk by Jenna Abbott and back-to-back singles from Tiffany Howard and Emily Carosone loaded the bases with no outs for the Tigers. Kasey Cooper drew a walk to bring home one run while Branndi Melero single to right field to make it a 5-2 UCLA. At this point, Ally Carda was taken out with Selina Ta’amilo stepping into the pitching circle.

The first pitch by Ta’amilo was a wild pitch that allowed Carosone to score and the two runners to move up to second and third. The bases were loaded again after a four pitch walk to Morgan Estell with still no outs on the board. After a force out at home, Carlee Wallace cleared the bases with a double to left center field to give Auburn a 6-5 lead and still only one out in the bottom of the third.

Ally Carda then re-entered the game after the double and her second pitch was well over the catcher’s head to move Wallace to third base. Wallace was thrown out at third on a ground ball from Jadyn Rhodes. Carda and UCLA finally got out of the third inning, but blew a five run lead and trailed 6-5.

The Bruins were able to tie the game in the top of the fourth. A fielding error and bunt single followed a wild pitch put runners on second and third with one out. Sataraka hit a fly ball to left field that scored Bennett to knot the game up at six while Jelenicki flied out to end the inning.

Auburn would reclaim the lead in the bottom of the fourth. A single by Emily Carosone and walk by Kasey Cooper set up Branddi Melero, who drilled a line drive over the left center field wall for a three run shot and a 9-6 lead.

The Bruins continued to battle in the top of the fifth. A lead off single from Gabrielle Goulder was followed up with an infield single by Kylee Perez to put runners on with no outs. A single from Delaney Spaulding to right field scored Goulder as she slid into home to make it a 9-7 Auburn lead. Both runners also moved up to second and third with no outs on the board.

Bennett struck out looking before Ally Carda drew a walk to load the bases. A foul out behind home plate from Stephany LaRosa and a nice jumping catch by Auburn’s Kasey Cooper at third kept the game at 9-7 after the top of the fifth.

The Bruins had a two out rally in the top of the sixth with a walk by Goulder and single up the middle by Perez. A grounder through the infield by Spaulding loaded the bases, but a pop out to left field by Allexis Bennett ended the bases loaded threat.

UCLA had one final chance in the top of the seventh and they made the most of it. Carda led off with a single and LaRosa singled back to the pitcher to put runners on first and second. A sacrifice moved them up one base before a ground out by Gabrielle Maurice scored Carda who slid around the tag to make it 9-8 with two down. Jelenicki came up and crushed a two run blast to left center for a shocking 10-9 lead in the top of the seventh.

The Tigers still had a chance to come back and tie or win. Haley Fagan started with a lead off single back up the middle and Carlee Wallace crushed a ball into the gap in left field to score Fagan to tie the game at ten while Wallace was at second with no outs. Wallace was replaced by Victoria Draper. Jade Rhodes sacrificed Draper to third to set up Jenna Abbott, but she grounded to third with Draper caught in a run down and thrown out at third. Abbott was also thrown out on the play going for second in a bizarre ending to the seventh inning.

In the top of the eighth, Perez led off with a single before a ground out and infield single from Bennett put runners on first and second with one out. Carda then flew out to center and LaRosa grounded straight to third base to set Auburn up with a chance to win the bottom of the inning.

Carosone was hit in the helmet by a pitch, but was okay and took first base with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A walk drawn by Melero put Morgan Estell in the batter’s box and she too was able to draw a walk to load the bases with two outs. Haley Fagan hit a deep shot to right field, but it was on the warning track for the third out of the inning and the two teams continued to play into the ninth inning.

UCLA had another scoring chance in the top of the ninth. Gabrielle hit a one out double to left center field past the diving left fielder and she advanced to third on a passed ball. However, Jelenicki struck out and Goulder grounded out to first to keep the game at 10 apiece heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Auburn’s Wallace drew a lead off walk, but was thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice. Strikeouts by Abbott and Howard sent the game into a tenth inning.

Auburn had yet another chance to end the game in the bottom of the tenth. Carosone was walked on four pitches while Cooper singled to center field to put runners on first and second with no outs. Melero then flared a single to left field to load the bases, which brought up Morgan Estell. Estell drew a walk to give the Auburn Tigers the walk off win by a score of 11-10.

UCLA has been eliminated from the 2015 Women’s College World Series and Auburn will face the Florida Gators on Sunday at 1 PM Eastern. Auburn will need to defeat Florida twice on Sunday to reach the Championship Series.

#6 Alabama Versus #5 LSU – Game 10 Recap

The LSU Tigers held on for a 5-3 victory over rival Alabama on late Saturday evening and early Sunday morning. The Tigers have moved on to the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series with the victory.

Alabama got on the board in the top of the first. Demi Turner drew a lead off walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She later advanced to third on a ground out and was able to score on a single to right field by Marisa Runyon. After the top of the first, Alabama held a 1-0 lead.

LSU answered back in the bottom of the first. LSU had a runner on first after a single by Bailey Landry. She later stole second base with two outs and scored after a rope single to center field by Sahvanna Jaquish. Kellsi Kloss came up and hit a single between the left fielder, center fielder, and shortstop that scored Jaquish. However, Kloss was able to move to second and then scored after a bad throw to second base to make it a 3-1 LSU lead after the first inning.

Alabama’s defensive problems continued in the bottom of the second. After Constance Quinn drew a lead off walk, she was able to advance to second after a bunt. A single by Emily Griggs was not fielded properly, but no error was charged to put runners on the corners with one out. A ground out by A.J. Andrews to first base allowed Griggs to move to second and Landry hit a two run single past the second baseman to bring the score up to 5-1 after two innings.

The third and fourth innings were mostly uneventful. LSU got a lead off walk from Quinn, which led to Alabama’s Sydney Littlejohn being replaced by Leslie Jury as pitcher. Quinn tried to steal second, but was thrown out and LSU held a 5-1 lead after four innings.

Alabama’s Andrea Hawkins reached first base after a fielding error at shortstop to start the top of the fifth. After back-to-back ground outs, Hawkins was on third, but could not be brought home after a fly out to right field ended the frame. LSU started with a lead off single from Andrews in the bottom of the fifth, but were set down in order after that.

The Tide put together an excellent rally to start the top of the sixth. An error allowed Jadyn Spencer to reach first and Runyon hit a single to center field to put the first two runners on with no outs. Runyon was taken off the base paths for Rachel Bobo. LSU’s Allie Walljasper induced two fly outs to left field from the next two batters and a pop out to short to get out of the jam unscathed.

LSU tried to put together a two out rally and increase the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Quinn hit a single up the middle while Dylan Supak drew a walk and was pinch ran for by Sydney Bourg. The Tigers would not be able to advance as Emily Griggs grounded out to third to end the inning. LSU led 5-1 heading to the top of the seventh.

Alabama’s last chance in the top of the seventh started with a ground ball by Hawkins and she was able to leg out an infield single. Chandler Dare had the same result for the Tide to put runners, which led to Walljasper coming out and Carlee Hoover entering to try and close the game out.

Hoover started with a strikeout of Demi Turner and a wild pitch allowed the runners to move up to second and third. Haylie McCleney drew a walk to load the bases while Jadyn Spencer hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Hawkins to make it a 5-2 deficit with two outs. Both runners also moved up to second and third while a wild pitch by Hoover allowed a run to score to make it 5-3, but Hoover forced a ground out to end the game.

Alabama has been eliminated while LSU will face Michigan on Sunday at 3:30 PM Eastern Time. LSU will need to win twice against Michigan on Sunday to make the Championship Series.

2015 Women’s College World Series: Day 2 Wrap Up

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2015 Women’s College World Series: Day 2 Wrap Up

The winner’s brackets at the 2015 Women’s College World Series were pared by two teams going into elimination Saturday. The LSU Tigers took on the Florida Gators in the first game on Friday while the nightcap was between the UCLA Bruins and Michigan Wolverines.

A recap of Thursday’s opening day action can be found here. A schedule of the Women’s College World Series can be found here and is updated upon completion of each game.

#5 LSU Versus #1 Florida – Game 5 Recap

The Florida Gators won their 13th straight postseason game on Friday night with a 4-0 victory over LSU. Lauren Haeger went the distance and was in complete control after a rocky first inning. She struck out four Tigers while giving up only five hits and no walks.

The Gators nearly started as well as they could. Kelsey Stewart led off with a triple while Haeger drew a walk two batters later. Kirsti Merritt hit a bunt single that popped up and fell in front of LSU’s Carley Hoover, but Hoover could not get an out on the play to load the bases. Hoover settled down to force an infield pop out and strike out to end the bases load threat with no damage done.

LSU also had an excellent start, but like the Gators could not capitalize. A single by A.J. Andrews through the right side into right field and perfectly placed bunt by Bailey Landry put runners on base with no outs. A flare to left field by Bianka Bell loaded the bases with no outs.

A great snag by Taylore Fuller at third base kept the game scoreless. A ground ball by Kellsi Kloss was hit to Kathlyn Medina at shortstop and Medina was able to apply the tag to the runner head to third followed by a throw to first for the double play.

The Gators had another chance in the top of the third. A two out hit by Merritt was followed up by a stolen base and advancement to third on a high throw from the catcher. Fuller drew a walk to put runners on the corners and she stole second, but the Gators could not break through with the runners in scoring position for the second time after a second strike out by Bailey Castro.

Florida finally was able to score in the top of the fifth. After a lead off single by Nicole DeWitt, Haeger came up and hit a two run homer to left field for the first runs of the game for a 2-0 lead. After the home run, Merritt bunted to reach base while Castro drew a walk and was subsequently pinch ran for by Justine McLean. A sacrifice fly resulted in runners on the corners while McLean stole second, but a ground out to third left the Tigers down 2-0 after four and a half innings.

The Gators began the sixth with a lead off double from Aubree Munro to left field while Jessica Damico came in to pinch run for her. A ground ball by Stewart was thrown to first for the out while Damico was thrown out at third trying to advance. DeWitt came up with two outs and hit a high riser towards right field that just got over the wall for a solo shot.

The home run by DeWitt caused Hoover to be replaced by Kelsee Selman for LSU. Selman was able to get a ground out from Haeger to minimize the damage, but LSU still trailed 3-0 after the top of the sixth.

The top of the seventh saw the Gators put runners on base again. Merritt was able to single to center field past the diving shortstop while Fuller put a bunt down perfectly that landed between the catcher and pitcher to put runners on the first two bases with no outs.

While McLean struck out looking, Merritt took off to steal third and a wide throw allowed her to score for a 4-0 Florida lead and Fuller on second. Kayli Kvistad then drew a walk to put runners on first and second with only one out. Once again, the damage was limited to only one run after a line out to first and fly out to center. LSU went into the bottom of the seventh trailing 4-0.

Lauren Haeger threw another complete game shut out this tournament while the Gators move onto the semifinals where they will await the winner of game 9 (those teams have yet to bet determined).

LSU will play an elimination game on Saturday against the winner between Alabama and Oregon. The game between LSU and Alabama or Oregon will be played at 9:30 PM Eastern Time on Saturday.

#7 UCLA Versus #3 Michigan – Game 6 Recap

An entertaining and very offensive affair between UCLA and Michigan saw the Wolverines win 10-4 over the Bruins on Friday night. Three runs batted in apiece from Kelly Christner and Kelsey Susalla lifted Michigan after falling behind 3-0 after one inning.

UCLA showed no grogginess after their finish in the wee hours of Friday morning. Delaney Spaulding hit a lead off double to right center field while Allexis Bennett singled to the shortstop. Ally Carda was able to tough out a walk in a ten pitch at bat to load the bases with no outs. A strike out was followed by a single to left field from Mysha Sataraka to score Spaulding and give the Bruins a 1-0 lead with only one out on the board.

After a foul out for the second out of the inning, a walk drawn by Maddy Jelenicki brought home another run to make it 2-0. Morgan Betsa then hit Gracie Goulder with a pitch that precipitated a change of pitcher for Michigan to Haylie Wagner. Wagner was able to get a strike out to end the inning, but the Wolverines trailed 3-0 after one inning of play.

Michigan came out in the top of the second with a decent response to the deficit. Kelsey Susalla singled and Lauren Sweet walked with both of those runners moving up on a sacrifice bunt. A fly out by Wagner may have produced a run on a sacrifice fly, but Susalla elected to stay on third to keep it a 3-0 deficit and with two outs. A fly out by the next batter ended the inning with no runs scored, which compounded the decision to stay at third even more.

The Wolverines were back in the top of a third with another excellent opportunity and more than took advantage of it. Abby Ramirez started with a single while Sierra Lawrence drew a walk. Sierra Romero sacrificed the runners up a base with Kelly Christner ground ball dribbling to right field to bring home Ramirez for a 3-1 deficit.

A stolen by Christner set up Susalla with a double to right center off the glove of a diving Kylee Perez for UCLA. Both Lawrence and Christner scored while Susalla moved all the way up to third on a throwing error to home. Lindsay Montemarano was able to hit a deep fly ball to center field to score Susalla for a 4-3 Michigan lead. Despite a wild pitch by Carda to advance Nikki Wald up to second, a fly out on the warning track in right field ended the top of the third.

The bottom of the third was also crazy, particularly in the fashion it ended. It began with Stephany LaRosa being hit by a pitch while Sataraka was able to single to left field. A sacrifice bunt moved those two runners up before the craziness ensued. A ground out by Jelenicki to first put both runners in a run down situation, with Sataraka at second in no man’s land. The throw to third was poor, which allowed LaRosa to score. However, Sataraka was caught in a run down after the run scored and the inning ended with her being tagged out. UCLA tied the game at four apiece, but could have reclaimed the lead.

The fourth inning produced base runners for both teams, but neither team was able to get a runner past second and a relatively easy inning for this offensive game.

Michigan was back in business in the top of the fifth after back-to-back singles by Susalla and Sweet put runners on the corner. UCLA opted to bring Ally Carda back to the circle after she was removed in the top of the fourth following a lead off single by Michigan. Carda’s first pitch was a sacrifice fly from Montemarano that scored Susalla to give Michigan a 5-4 lead. The Bruins were able to keep the damage down to one run thanks to a ground out double play from Michigan.

In the bottom of the fifth, Carda was able to start with a lead off bloop single to left and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by LaRosa. The Wolverines would not allow her to advance any farther thanks to a strike out and ground out. Michigan held a 5-4 lead after five innings.

Michigan was able to add valuable insurance runs in the top half of the sixth. Abby Ramirez started the rally with a single before a pop out and strike out put the Wolverines down to their last out of the inning. Kelly Christner was able to hit a double to the right field wall to score Ramirez and Susalla then singled to left field that brought home Susalla for a 7-4 Michigan lead. A walk to Lauren Sweet put runners on second and third, but a pop out in shallow right field ended the possibility of more runs being scored.

In the bottom of the sixth, UCLA got a lead off single from Maddy Jelenicki while Sam Duran pinch ran for her. A ground out moved Duran up to second and a great diving catch in center field by Sierra Lawrence ended the inning with Michigan still leading by three runs.

Michigan’s offense was not done. The top of the seventh started with a pop out followed by back-to-back singles. A single to left field by Lawrence scored one run while Sierra Romero hit a sacrifice fly that scored Ramirez. A single to center field by Christner made it 10-4 as Lawrence scored. A wild pitch, walk, and another wild pitch but Christner on third and Susalla on second with two outs. A pop out in foul territory ended the inning with UCLA needing six runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extras.

Haylie Wagner pitched very well after replacing Megan Betsa with only two outs gone in the first inning. She surrendered only one run on four hits and one walk while striking out five batters.

Michigan is now off until Sunday where they will need one win on Sunday to make the Championship Series. Their opponent will be determined on Saturday.

For UCLA, they will now need to win on Saturday or they will be eliminated. The Bruins will face the winner of the Tennessee and Auburn game on Saturday at 7 PM Eastern Time.

2015 Women’s College World Series: Day 1 Wrap Up

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2015 Women’s College World Series: Day 1 Wrap Up

The 2015 Women’s College World Series got underway with four games played on Thursday night and into early Friday morning due to some severe weather in Oklahoma City. Each game is recapped below while a schedule for the upcoming games can be found here.

#8 Tennessee Versus #1 Florida – Game 1 Recap

The Florida Gators opened their defense of the National Championship with a 7-2 win over Tennessee on Thursday. Another complete game by Lauren Haeger lifted the Gators to the victory.

The Gators started the scoring in the bottom of the first with a rocket to left field by Haeger to give them a 1-0 lead. Florida loaded the bases after a walk, single, and hit by pitch, but could not add to their lead.

The Gators would have another chance to add to their lead in the bottom of the second. Following a walk and ground out, Kelsey Stewart singled to put runners on first and second with only one out. A grounder back to the pitcher advanced the runners and the Volunteers opted to load the bases by intentionally walking Haeger. Bailey Castro came up next, but could not capitalized as her strike out ended the rally.

Florida did add to their lead in the bottom of the third. Following a strike out and walk, Kayli Kvistad came up and drilled a shot to right center field to put the Gators up 3-0. The three run lead would not last long, however.

The Volunteers finally got their first runner on base in the top of the fourth following Shaliyah Geathers being hit by a pitch. A fly out brought Megan Geer up to the plate and she hit a two run shot to left field to make it a one run game again at 3-2.

Florida would respond in the bottom of the fourth. After two quick outs, Haeger was able to single to left field and advanced to second on a wild pitch while Castro was hit by a pitch. Kirsti Merritt was able to hit a hard ground ball to second, but it was not fielded by Geer that allowed Haeger to score. Merritt then stole second and while sliding head first the ball went off her helmet allowing Castro to waltz home for a 5-2 Florida lead after four innings.

The bottom of the sixth saw the Gators add more insurance runs. A lead off single from Stewart was followed by a ground out and Stewart was able to get to third on a stolen base. After Haeger was hit by a pitch (and pinch ran for by Jessica Damico), a throw by the catcher to third base went into left field that scored Stewart. Damico scored on a bunt back to the pitcher that was not fielded cleanly to make it 7-2.

The Gators were able to load the bases, but could not score another run. It would not matter as the Volunteers went down in order to end the game in the top of the seventh.

Haeger gave up only one hit (the two run homer by Geer) while striking out four batters and allowing no walks.

Florida moves into the winner’s bracket and will face the winner of LSU and Auburn game on Friday at 7 PM Eastern Time. Tennessee will be playing the loser of LSU and Auburn on Saturday at 12 PM Eastern Time.

#5 LSU Versus #4 Auburn – Game 2 Recap

The LSU Tigers sound defeated fellow SEC rival Auburn 6-1 on Friday afternoon in the second game of the Women’s College World Series. LSU’s Carley Hoover gave up only one run in a complete game.

LSU got on top first with a solo shot to left field by Bianka bell in the top half of the first inning. Auburn was unable to answer with LSU taking a 1-0 lead after one inning.

In the top of the second, LSU Constance Quinn hit a bloop single to right field and an error fielding the ball put her on second. Sydney Bourg came up and struck out to end the rally.

In the top of the third, Emily Griggs led off with a lead off single to left field before a double play with Auburn’s third baseman Kasey Cooper charging and catch a bunt then throwing down to first. LSU, however, would still come out with a bigger lead.

A two out single by Bailey Landry and walk drawn by Bell put runners on first and second. Sahvanna Jaquish then delivered a ball into the right center field gap to drive home two runs on a double. Up next was Kellsi Kloss and she drove an 0-1 pitch to left off the foul pole. LSU led 5-0 after just two and a half innings of play.

Auburn was in great position to score in the bottom of the third. Back-to-back singles put runners on first and second while a close ground out put runners on the corners. A fly out by Cooper ended the threat and Auburn was still looking for their first run of the game.

LSU put runners on first and second in the top of the fourth following back-to-back singles, but were unable to take advantage of the opportunity. The bottom of the fourth saw a tremendous catch by A.J. Andrews in center field as LSU led 5-0 after four innings.

In the bottom of the fifth, Auburn got a lead off double from Morgan Estell and she was sacrificed to third on a bunt by the next batter. Up next was Jenna Abbott who hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Estell and make it a 5-1 deficit.

LSU started the top of the sixth with a single from Quinn while Griggs singled two batters later. A ground ball by Andrews back to the pitcher was thrown over the third baseman’s head and Quinn was able to score. Griggs moved to third and Andrews, despite a stumbling out of the batter’s box, was able to move all the way to second. Auburn settled down to limit the damage to one run in the top of the sixth to trail 6-1.

The bottom of the sixth began with a single by Emily Carosone and she advanced to third on back-to-back ground outs. She could not score after another ground out ended the inning and Auburn trailed 6-1 after six.

Auburn had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh. H Fagan reached first base after LSU’s Sandra Simmons could not hold on to the ball. Estell then came up to hit a bunt single with her speed to put runners on first and second with no outs. Jade Rhodes then hit into a double play with a ground ball back to third base and she was thrown out at first. A strike out ended the game.

Carley Hoover went the distance giving up only one run on six hits while striking out five Auburn Tigers.

LSU will move to the winner’s bracket and face the defending National Champions, the Florida Gators on Friday at 7 PM Eastern Time.

Auburn drops into the loser’s bracket and will face the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday at 12 PM Eastern Time. The loser of that game will be eliminated while the winner will play a second game on Saturday.

#6 Alabama Versus #3 Michigan – Game 3 Recap

Another excellent pitching performance by Megan Betsa helped send the Michigan Wolverines to the winner’s bracket with a 5-0 win. She pitched a complete game shutout giving up only four hits and one walk while striking out six batters.

The Wolverines struck first in the bottom of the first. Kelly Christner took an 0-2 pitch to right field with a line drive over the wall and a 1-0 Michigan lead.

Neither team was able to get a runner on base in the second and third innings. Alabama got their second base runner and first hit in the top of the fourth, but that was the extent of that rally for the Tide.

Michigan was able to load the bases in the bottom half of the fourth after a single by Sierra Romero, walk by Christner, and single by Kelsey Susalla. After battling back to get a full count, Lauren Sweet took a 3-2 pitch to right center field that just go over the fence for a grand slam and a 5-0 Michigan lead. Michigan was unable to add to the lead despite putting a runner in scoring position.

Michigan had another chance to tack on runs in the bottom of the fifth after a walk by Romero, but she was thrown out trying to steal second. Christner then drew a walk and she successfully stole second, but Susalla’s strike out ended the inning.

Alabama finally put together a serious threat in the top of the sixth. Demi Turner singled up the middle with one out and then tagged up to second base following a fly out. Jadyn Spencer singled to shortstop to put runners on first and second, the first time Alabama had a runner in scoring position in the game. The Wolverines got out of the jam by forcing a pop out from Marisa Runyon to end the top of the sixth still five runs to the good.

The Tide were unable to get more than a runner on first and were shut out for the second time this season. The other game was against fellow WCWS participant Florida.

Michigan moves to the winner’s bracket and will face either UCLA or Oregon on Friday evening. Alabama moves to the loser’s bracket to face the loser between UCLA and Oregon.

#7 UCLA Versus #2 Oregon – Game 4 Recap

UCLA upset the second seeded Oregon Ducks 7-1 on Friday night. UCLA’s Ally Carda pitched a complete game giving up one run on six hits with only one walk and three strike outs.

Despite a steady rain in the first couple of innings, the game was played through the precipitation. Oregon had a great opportunity in the bottom of the first, but an uncharacteristic base running mistake hurt them. After a fielder’s choice got Janie Takeda on base, Jenna Lilley hit a single to right field, but Takeda hesitated rounding second and was thrown out at third. The Ducks would not score in the bottom of the first.

The Bruins were able to get a couple of runs of Cheridan Hawkins in the top of the second. Stephany LaRosa hit a bomb to straightaway center field to lead off the inning. Gabrielle Maurice did the same, but to left field with two outs and UCLA led 2-0 after the top of the second.

The game was delayed at the start of the top of the third with UCLA leading 2-0. A lightning strike in the area was the cause for the delay that lasted about 45 minutes.

Delaney Spaulding hit a one out double in the top of the third and later advanced to third on a ground out, but Carda’s ground out ended the rally. Oregon had a chance to get on the board in the bottom of the third with a lead off runner getting on after an error. Nikki Udria was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, but Takeda lined out into a double play while Lilley lined out to end the inning.

The Ducks threatened again in the bottom of the fourth back-to-back singles to open the frame put the Ducks in great scoring position. Carda settled down to get the next two batters out before another single loaded the bases. Yet another ground out ended the threat and UCLA held a 2-0 lead after four innings.

A largely uneventful fifth inning gave way to the game changing sixth inning. With runners on second and third with two outs, Mysha Sataraka hit a pop fly to right field that could not be handled properly allowing both runners to score for a 4-0 lead. More defensive issues would haunt the the Ducks.

Maurice struck out for the third out of the inning, but a wild pitch allowed her to make it to first to keep the inning alive. A single by Gracie Goulder brought home one run while Kylee Perez‘s single to right field brought home to more runs to make it 7-0.

Oregon was able to get one run across in the bottom of the seventh after a lead off double from Koral Costa and a single by Lauren Lindvall scored Costa. A wild pitch allowed Lindvall to move to second, but Carda forced a foul out and then hit Udria with a pitch. Another pop out and another wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, but Carda was able to work out of the jam by forcing a pop out to end the game.

UCLA will have a quick turnaround by taking on the Michigan Wolverines on Friday evening at 9:30 PM Eastern Time. Oregon will play on Saturday to keep their Championship hopes alive against Alabama at 2:30 PM Eastern Time.

2015 Women’s College World Series Schedule

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2015 Women’s College World Series Schedule

With the completion of the 2015 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament Super Regionals on Sunday, May 24, the 2015 Women’s College World Series is now set.

There was not much in the way of upsets in the 2015 Tournament to this point as witnessed by the fact that the top 8 national seeds all made the 2015 WCWS. Only the Auburn Tigers are making their debut in the WCWS in 2015.

In 2015, the Women’s College World Series will take place between Thursday, May 28 and Wednesday, June 3. The best of three Championship Series will take place on Monday, June 1, Tuesday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 3 (if necessary).

All the games in the 2015 Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Recaps of each day of action thus far in the tournament can be found here.

The complete game schedule for the 2015 WCWS can be found below including which channel it will be shown on.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Game 1: #8 Tennessee Volunteers vs. #1 Florida Gators – 12 PM Eastern Time on ESPN

Game 2: #5 LSU Tigers vs. #4 Auburn Tigers – 2:30 PM Eastern Time on ESPN

Game 3: #6 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #3 Michigan Wolverines – 7 PM Eastern Time on ESPN2

Game 4: #7 UCLA Bruins vs. #2 Oregon Ducks – 9:30 PM Eastern Time on ESPN2

Friday, May 29, 2015

Game 5: #1 Florida (Game 1 Winner) vs. #5 LSU (Game 2 Winner) – 7 PM Eastern Time on ESPN

Game 6: #3 Michigan (Game 3 Winner) vs. #7 UCLA (Game 4 Winner) – 9:30 PM Eastern Time on ESPN

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Game 7: #8 Tennessee (Game 1 Loser) vs. #4 Auburn (Game 2 Loser) – 12 PM Eastern Time on ESPN

Game 8: #6 Alabama (Game 3 Loser) vs. #2 Oregon (Game 4 Loser) – 2:30 PM Eastern Time on ESPN

Game 9: #7 UCLA (Game 6 Loser) vs. #4 Auburn (Game 7 Winner) – 7 PM Eastern Time on ESPN

Game 10: #6 Alabama (Game 8 Winner) vs. #5 LSU (Game 5 Loser) – 9:30 PM Eastern Time on ESPN

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Game 11: #4 Auburn (Game 9 Winner) vs. #1 Florida (Game 5 Winner) – 1 PM Eastern Time on ESPN

Game 12: #5 LSU (Game 10 Winner) vs. #3 Michigan (Game 6 Winner) – 3:30 PM Eastern Time on ESPN

Game 13: Only necessary if Game 11 is won by the Winner of Game 9 – 7 PM Eastern Time on ESPNU

Game 14: Only necessary if Game 12 is won by the Winner of Game 10 – 9:30 PM Eastern Time on ESPNU.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Championship Series Game 1: #3 Michigan vs. #1 Florida – 8 PM Eastern Time on ESPN2

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Championship Series Game 2: #1 Florida vs. #3 Michigan – 8 PM Eastern Time on ESPN

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Championship Series Game 3 (If necessary): #3 Michigan vs. #1 Florida – 8 PM Eastern Time on ESPN

 

Be sure to check back each day for recaps of all the games played.

2015 NCAA Softball Tournament: Super Regionals Day 4 Wrap Up

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2015 NCAA Softball Tournament: Super Regionals Day 4 Wrap Up

The fourth and final day of the 2015 NCAA Softball Tournament Super Regionals saw the three final tams book their trip to  the 2015 Women’s College World Series. Each game recap can be found below.

Recaps for Saturday’s action can be found here. Friday’s Super Regional action was recapped here and Thursday’s can be found here.

Note: Games will be added to their respective super regional as they are completed.


#1 Florida Versus Kentucky – Gainesville Super Regional Game 2

The Florida Gators will be back in Oklahoma City to defend their National Title after a 1-0 win over Kentucky on Sunday.

Florida was able to put runners on first and second with two outs thanks to a walk and hit by pitch, but a pop out to first ended their first inning chance to score. The Wildcats were able to get on base due to an error at short and a subsequent sacrifice bunt to move her to second. Back-to-back pop outs ended their rally as well to leave the game scoreless after one inning.

Florida had a lead off walk to start the top of the second, but could not advance the runner past second and were still without a run. The Wildcats led off the bottom of the second with a bunt single and another bunt was improperly fielded to put runners on first and second with one out. Lauren Haeger got out of the jam by forcing a line out an strike out to end the second inning with the score still tied at zero.

The Gators threatened in the top of the third as well with a lead off walk from Kelsey Stewart who then stole second. Nicole DeWitt was walked while Haeger grounded out to first to move the runners up with only one out. A ground ball by Bailey Castro ended up being compounded by poor base running that ended the inning with two runners being run down and thrown out.

Kentucky got a one out single from Sylver Samuel, which was followed by a deep fly to right field by Griffin Joiner that was caught by Florida’s Justine McLean. She was able to throw back to first to double up Samuel and end the third inning.

The Gators were once again threatening in the top of the fourth after back-to-back singles put runners on the corners with one out. Kelsey Nunley was able to strike out Chelsea Herndon while McLean hit a ball to shortstop that could not be handled allowing Taylore Fuller to score and give the Gators a 1-0 lead after the top of the fourth inning.

The Wildcats were stymied in the last four innings with only two base runners. The Wildcats were not able to garner a hit.

Lauren Haeger pitched another complete game shutout against Kentucky. In game two she only allowed three hits and one walk while striking out five batters.

Florida will be back in the Women’s College World Series for the seventh time in program history.


#7 UCLA Versus #10 Missouri – Los Angeles Super Regional Game 2

UCLA advanced to another Women’s College World Series in a high scoring 10-6 win over Missouri though it was not an easy win.

The Bruins started the game with a lead off walk by Delaney Spaulding and she was able to advance to second a passed ball. However, that would be as far as she would go as the next three batters went down in order.

Missouri was also able to get a good start. Taylor Gadbois hit a lead off single while Emily Crane followed with a single of her own. Another single from Sami Fagan loaded the bases with no outs. Amanda Sanchez then came up and hit a single back up the middle to drive home Gadbois while UCLA’s Ally Carda settled down to retire the next three batters including back-to-back strike outs to end the inning. Missouri led 1-0 after the first inning.

UCLA was able to roar back with a big second inning. Maddy Jelenicki led off with a double, which was followed by a walk to Gabrielle Maurice. Mysha Sataraka singled to right field to score Jelenicki and put runners on second and third with no outs. After a strike out, a single to right field by Kylee Perez allowed Maurice to score, but Sataraka was thrown out at home to keep the score at 2-1.

Up next was Spaulding who crushed the ball to right field for a two run homer and a 4-1 lead for the Bruins after an inning and a half.

The top of the third helped UCLA build their lead. A two out single from Maurice set up Sataraka to rocket a ball to right field for a two run shot and 6-1 UCLA lead.

The Bruins continued to pour it on in the fourth. Perez singled to lead off the inning while Carda was hit by a pitch with two outs to put two runners on. Stephany LaRosa was up next and she hit an opposite field shot to right field over the fence for a 9-1 lead for UCLA.

In the bottom of the fourth, Missouri was able to put runners on first and second following a walk and hit by pitch. As it was for much of the game, they could not capitalize as a ground out ended their chance.

The top of the fifth produced a scary moment. With two outs and one on, Perez hit a liner back to Tori Finucane that hit her in what appeared to be her shoulder or face. She left the game with a bloody nose and was replaced by Paige Lowary. Lowary walked Spaulding before getting a foul out to end the top of the fifth.

Missouri was able to get a lead off walk and a single from Sanchez with one out. After a fly out, Kirsten Mack was able to single to center field as Fagan scored to continue the game with the deficit cut to seven runs. After a passed ball, UCLA’s catcher Stephany LaRosa was able to get the ball off the back stop and tag out Kayla Kingsley at home to send the game to the sixth inning.

In the top of the six, Ally Carda helped her own cause with a lead off double. A wild pitch allowed her pinch runner, Jessica Amaral, to move up to third and she scored soon after on a sacrifice fly by LaRosa for a 10-2 UCLA advantage.

The Tigers were not going away early once again. Roth was able to hit a lead off homer to make it 10-3 while a single and walk put runners on first and second still with no outs recorded. A fielding error loaded the bases while an infield single by Emily Crane made it a 10-4 game with no outs. A two out walk drawn by Corrin Genovese brought home a run to make it 10-5, but Carda was able to limit the damage to only three runs.

UCLA put runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the seventh, but were unable to extend their lead. The Tigers led off the bottom of the seventh with a towering solo shot by Kelsea Roth, her second home run of the game, to cut the deficit down to 10-6. A pitching change for UCLA from Carda to Selina Ta’amilo saw the Tigers go down in order to send UCLA to the 2015 Women’s College World Series.

UCLA will be making their 25 Women’s College World Series appearance in 2015. The Bruins have won 11 National Titles in those 25 appearances.


#5 LSU Versus #12 Arizona – Baton Rouge Super Regional Game 2

LSU had another offensive breakout to defeat the Arizona Wildcats 10-5 on Sunday to make it back to the Women’s College World Series.

LSU started the top of the first with a one out single from Bailey Landry and walks by Bianka Bell and Sahvanna Jaquish to load the bases. A two out single to left field by Sandra Simmons brought home Landry and Bell for a 2-0 LSU lead. The lead was up to 4-0 after a two run double by Constance Quinn.

Arizona was also able to start well on offense. A single, error, and walk loaded the bases with no outs. A ground out by Katiyana Mauga brought one run home while runners were still on second and third. A sacrifice fly in foul territory by Chelsea Goodacre brought the score to 4-2 with Chelsea Suitos scoring. Mandie Perez was able to single and advanced to second on the throw home to put runners on second and third again, this time with two outs. An infield pop out limited the damage to two runs with LSU leading 4-2 after one inning.

In the top of the third, LSU was able to restore their four run lead. Jaquish singled to third on a bunt and Simmons came up and hit a two run blast to make it a 6-2 lead. The Tigers appeared to poised to add to the lead with a runner on third, but could not get her home.

In the bottom of the third, Arizona got a one out triple from Kellie Fox as LSU’s left and center fielders collided their arms to knock the ball lose. Fox scored on the next pitch when Mauga reached on a fielding error by the shortstop. The inning ended on a line drive out to right field that and slip by Mauga on the base paths to double her up. After three innings, LSU held a 6-3 lead.

LSU continued to dominate on offense. A single and walk put runners on first and second with no outs while Bell came up singled home A.J. Andrews for a 7-3 lead. The bases were loaded on a ground ball to third base as the Arizona defender went for the tag out on the lead runner, but missed. A deep sacrifice fly to left field by Simmons drove home Landry to make it 8-3 after the top of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Arizona was able to load the bases with two singles and an error. Fox was able to draw a disputed walk on a 3-2 pitch to drive home one run to make it 8-4 in favor of LSU with no outs. A force out at home was proceeded by another walk to make it 8-5.

At this point, Allie Walljasper was taken out of the circle for LSU for Carley Hoover. Hoover struck out the next to batters to leave the bases loaded and LSU holding an 8-5 lead after five innings.

In the bottom of the sixth, Arizona was threatening once again. Back-to-back singles followed by a wild pitch put runners on second and third with two outs. Hoover forced a pop out to first to end the threat and sixth inning with LSU leading 8-5.

In the top of the seventh, LSU got a lead off triple from Simmons followed by a double from Constance Quinn to score Simmons to give LSU a 9-5 lead. It became a 10-5 with a single by Dylan Supak up the middle that scored Quinn. Supak, who was pinch hitting for starter Sydney Bourg, was able to advance to second on the throw to home. Bourg was then reinserted and went to third on a ground out.

Andrews was up next and hit a grounder to first base, which she beat out due to some confusion by Arizona on defense. She stole second a few pitches later, but a pop out and ground out left Arizona trailing 10-5 going into the bottom of the seventh.

Mauga took a 1-1 pitch and belted it to deep left field, but it did not have enough power as the ball was caught on the warning track in left. Despite a two out double from Mandie Perez (and smart base running to get to third), a fly ball ended the game to put LSU back in the Women’s College World Series.

LSU will make their fourth appearance in the Women’s College World Series, but have yet to win the National Title. This will be LSU’s first time back in the WCWS since 2012.

2015 NCAA Softball Tournament: Super Regionals Day 3 Wrap Up

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2015 NCAA Softball Tournament: Super Regionals Day 3 Wrap Up

The third day of the 2015 NCAA Softball Tournament Super Regionals saw three more teams book their trip to  the 2015 Women’s College World Series. Three other Super Regionals also started action with their games scheduled to finish on Sunday.

The complete schedule of Super Regionals games can be found here while recaps of Thursday’s games can be found here and Friday’s recaps can be found here.

Note: Games will be added to their respective super regional as they are completed.


#4 Auburn Versus #13 Louisiana-Lafayette – Auburn Super Regional Game 2

Auburn made program history by making their first Women’s College World Series with a 6-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in game two of their Super Regional.

Auburn took the lead in the top of the first with a single by Branndi Melero after a double and wild pitch allowed Kasey Cooper to get to third. Melero subsequently stole second, but the Tigers could only manage that one run.

The Ragin’ Cajuns were able to come up with a rally in the bottom of the first. It started with a single from Haley Hayden and walk to Shellie Landry with no outs while Lexie Elkins loaded the bases following an infield single. A single from Samantha Walsh drove in Hayden, but that was followed up by a double play to prevent any more runs from scoring.

The Tigers were back into scoring position in the top of the second with an error by Louisiana that allowed Jade Rhodes to reach second. She advanced to third on an illegal pitch, but a line out and fly out ended the threat.

Louisiana-Lafayette was able to take the lead in the bottom of the second with back-to-back singles from Kelli Martinez and Hayden. Landry drew a walk to load the bases with one out with Elkins single to center field to score Martinez to make it 2-1. The damage ended there for Auburn as they induced back-to-back fly outs to end the inning.

The Tigers were back into scoring position in the third with Cooper advancing to third with two outs, but once again they could not score. That changed in the top of the fourth with three straight singles from Auburn to load the bases with no outs. J Abbott singled back to the pitcher who was unable to handle it and H Fagan was able to score to make it 2-2. The Tigers loaded the bases again, but a fly out ended that opportunity.

In the bottom of the fourth, Louisiana-Lafayette loaded the bases with one out, but a double play ball ended the inning.

In the top of the sixth, Auburn finally was able to reclaim the lead. Morgan Estell lead off with a bunt single and advanced to third on two illegal pitches. She scored on a wild pitch to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead. Following two walks and a ground out, Cooper came up and cleared all the bases with a three run blast to left field to provide some cushion at 6-2.

Louisiana-Lafayette was able to get one run back in the bottom of the sixth following a bases loaded walk to Walsh, but a fly out stymied their rally and left them trailing 6-3 after six innings.

The Ragin’ Cajuns had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh. Leandra Maly was able to draw a one out walk, but a pop out to second and ground out to short ended the game to send Auburn to their first ever Women’s College World Series.


Kentucky Versus #1 Florida – Gainesville Super Regional Game 1

The top seeded Florida Gators defeated fellow SEC opponent Kentucky 7-0 in the first game of their Super Regional. Lauren Haeger pitched a superb game giving up only two hits in a complete game shutout while striking out six.

The Gators jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Kelsey Stewart led off with a bunt single to third and she was followed by a single to left field from Nicole DeWitt that put runners on the corners. DeWitt then stole second, but the Gators quickly got two outs before a walk to Kirsti Merritt loaded the bases. Taylor Fuller was hit by a pitch to score Stewart while the next sequence provided some controversy.

Kayli Kvistad took a swing and hit the ball, which was fielded by the first baseman for Kentucky and appeared to end the inning. However, the umpire ruled the ball to be foul while replays showed the ball hit off her foot.

That bit of fortune for the Gators led to Kvistad hitting a bases clearing double to right field and give them a 4-0 lead after the first.

The next several innings were slow for both offenses. Between the second and fifth innings, each team was retired in order with no base runners for either team.

Kentucky only got their first hit in the top of the sixth with a single from Kara Howard to left field. They were unable to gain any momentum as Haeger was dominant from start to finish in this contest.

The Gators were able to extend the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Haeger led off the inning with a solo shot and two batters later, Merritt crushed a two run shot down the left field line that hit off the foul pole to make it 7-0.

The Gators were nearly able to run rule Kentucky, but a mix of good defense from the Wildcats and bad base running from by Gators prevented that from happening. The Gators had runners on second and third with one out when Justine McLean came up to bat. She hit a grounder to second, which was thrown home to get the runner out and McLean then tried to reach second, but was also thrown out to end the inning.

The Wildcats got their second hit of the game courtesy of Griffin Joiner in the top of the seventh, but once again Haeger was too much for them.

Game two of the Gainesville Super Regional will be on Sunday at 12 PM Eastern Time. A win by Florida sends them back to the Women’s College World Series while a win by Kentucky will force a game three to be played on Sunday at 3 PM Eastern Time.


#12 Arizona Versus #5 LSU – Baton Rouge Super Regional Game 1

LSU defeated Arizona in an impressive display of offensive in a run rule shortened game. The Tigers won 8-0 in five innings with two RBIs apiece from Bailey Landry and Sahvanna Jaquish.

Arizona looked poised to score in the top of the first following back-to-back walks to open the game. A foul out behind the batter’s box, a strike out, and fly out to center prevented the runners from moving up, let alone even scoring.

The Tigers were swinging the bat hot early on. The first three batters were able to get on base when Jaquish brought home two runs with single to left field. Kellsi Kloss was up next and crushed a double to center field to score another run to make it a 3-0 game. Jaquish was thrown out at home on a grounder, but Kloss was able to score on a wild pitch and LSU led 4-0 after one inning.

The second inning provided the Tigers with more cushion. Bianka Bell and Jaquish walked to put runners on first and second with one out when Sandra Simmons singled to first base to score Bell. A wild pitch allowed Jaquish to score and the Tigers were comfortably in front 6-0 after two innings.

The Tigers continued to see the ball well in the bottom of the third. After an error by Arizona allowed Emily Griggs to reach first, Bailey Landry hit a two run blast two batters later to make it 8-0 after three innings.

LSU’s Carley Hoover pitched five innings giving up one hit, three walks, and striking out one Wildcat hitter. The LSU batters drew 8 walks off the Arizona pitching staff and only struck out once.

LSU and Arizona will finish the series on Sunday afternoon. Game two of the Super Regional will be at 5 PM Eastern Time and a game three will only be necessary if Arizona wins. A potential game three would be played at 8 PM Eastern Time.


#2 Oregon Versus North Carolina State – Eugene Super Regional Game 2

Oregon advanced to the 2015 Women’s College World Series after defeating North Carolina State 9-3 in game two of the Eugene Super Regional.

The scoring did not start until the third inning. In the top frame, Oregon was able to strike first. Danica Mercado started with an infield single and then stole second. Nikki Udria came up two batters later singled to left while Mercado was able to score from second to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

The Wolfpack responded in the bottom of the inning. With runners on first and second with two outs, Molly Hutchison was able to hit a ball to the shortstop and the ensuing throw was poor, which led a run being scored. After three innings the game was tied at one.

The fourth inning, much like in the first game on Friday evening, was a trouble spot for North Carolina State. The Ducks were down to two outs with runners on first and second when the runs began to pour in. A single by Koral Costa to right field scored Jenna Lilley who was able to maneuver to avoid the tag by inches to give Oregon a 2-1 lead.

Mercado was up next and she drove home Lexy Beaudrie-Pierson to make it 3-1. Alyssa Gillespie came up and singled to short left field to score another run to keep runners on first and second. Udria was able to drive home the fourth run of the inning with a single to right field that brough Mercado home.

The Wolfpack were able to get a solo shot from Renada Davis in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 5-2 deficit, but they still had an uphill battle.

The Ducks added more runs in the top of the seventh. It started with single from Janie Takeda and error by the left fielder allowed her to move all the way up to third. After a walk to Jenna Lilley, Hailey Decker came up and hit a single to left field.

Up next was Janelle Lindvall who emptied the bases with a three run shot to right center field to make it a 9-2 game. The Ducks put runners on first and second after the home run, but could not add to their tally.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Wolfpack started the inning with a lead off home run from Sara Lippard to left center field. Cheridan Hawkins settled down after giving up the run to strike out the side. Hawkins pitched the final two innings giving up just that one home run for her only hit, but she recorded all six outs as strike outs.

Karissa Hovinga started the game for Oregon in the circle. She finished the game pitching five innings, giving up two runs, two hits, two walks, and striking out five.

Oregon advanced to the 2015 Women’s College World Series making it the third time in the last four seasons the have advanced to the WCWS. It is Oregon’s fourth appearance overall in the WCWS.


#6 Alabama Versus #11 Oklahoma – Tuscaloosa Super Regional Game 2

A two run shot from Alabama’s Jadyn Spencer was the difference for Alabama in their 2-0 win over Oklahoma. A pivotal game three will be played later on Saturday evening.

Alabama started the game with a single from Demi Turner and a walk to Haylie McCleney. After a ground out put runners on the corners, the Tide went down in order for the final two outs to keep the game scoreless.

The top of the third was where Alabama took the lead. A two out walk drawn by McCleney set up Jadyn Spencer for her at bat where she hit a two run blast to left field for a 2-0 lead.

Oklahoma was struggling to get on with their first runner reaching in the fourth after Shelby Pendley was hit by a pitch. The Sooners were able to fare better in the bottom of the fifth.

Paige Parker opened with a walk and a sacrifice bunt put her pinch runner, Whitney Ellis on second. Tori Nirschl walked while Nicole Pendley struck out to for the second out of the inning. Callie Parsons was able to single up the middle to load the bases, but a critical strike out by Alexis Osorio on a rise ball upstairs sent Lauren Chamberlain and the Sooners to the bench without a run.

In the bottom of the seventh, Oklahoma put a runner on base and was able to move her up to second, but failed to do anything else as they lost 2-0.

Game three will take place on Saturday night with an approximate start at 8:15 PM Eastern Time. The winner advance to the 2015 Women’s College World Series.

#11 Oklahoma Versus #6 Alabama – Tuscaloosa Super Regional Game 3

Alabama is back into the Women’s College World Series thanks to a grand slam from Marisa Runyon in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Tide won a wild back and forth affair 5-3 on Saturday night.

Oklahoma threatened to score in the top of the first. A lead off walk by Lauren Chamberlain was followed two batters later by a bunt single from Erin Miller. The bases were loaded with two outs after a walk to Paige Parker, but the Sooners flied out to end the inning.

The Crimson Tide started the bottom of the first with a lead off single by Demi Turner, but a pop out by Haylie McCleney was followed by double play from right field to first base ended the first inning with the score tied at zero.

There was not much action until the fourth inning when Oklahoma was able to put a runner on second following a stolen base. However, a strike out and ground ball ended that opportunity.

The Tide struck first in the bottom of the fourth. A one out double from McCleney and intentional walk to Jadyn Spencer put runners on first and second with one out. Chaunsey Bell came up and singled as the ball fell in front of the center fielder. That made it 1-0, but two fly balls to the outfield prevented them from doing more damage.

The Sooners were able to comeback in the top of the fifth. Callie Parsons reached on a fielding error and then came Chamberlain who hit a line driver right over the left field wall to give the Sooners a 2-1 lead.

The Sooners kept the pressure on with Shelby Pendley reaching on a dropped ball at first base and then Miller hit a bunt single right between the pitcher and third to reach base. Kady Self sacrificed Pendley and Miller with a sacrifice bunt and only one out on the board. Paige Parker was intentionally walked to load the bases and Alabama was able to get out of the inning without giving up any more runs.

In the top of the sixth, Chamberlain came up again and hit another bomb to left field. This time it was only a solo shot, but still provided the Sooners a pivotal insurance run.

In the bottom half of the sixth Spencer was able to get on base with a single to left and Bell was able to draw a walk in a long eight pitch at bat, but Leona Lafaele popped out to second. Danae Hays was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

With the bases loaded, Marisa Runyon came up and swung on the first pitch and drove it to right field for a grand slam to give Alabama a 5-3 lead after six innings.

The Sooners were down to their final chance in the top of the seventh, but went down in order.

Alabama has advanced to the Women’s College World Series for the tenth time in program history. They won the National Title in 2012 and this will be their fourth WCWS appearance in the last five years.


#10 Missouri Versus #7 UCLA – Los Angeles Super Regional Game 1

UCLA opened their Super Regional with a come from behind win against Missouri. The Bruins won 7-4 thanks to a total of six runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings.

Missouri started the game with a single back to the pitcher, before a ground ball got the lead runner at second. Following a stolen base and walk, the Tigers could not put any runs on the board.

UCLA started the bottom of the first with a lead off single from Delaney Spaulding. A ground ball advanced her to second and wild pitch allowed her to move to third base. Ally Carda came up and singled right back up the middle to give the Bruins the early 1-0 lead after the first inning.

Missouri tied up the game in the top of the third with a lead off solo shot from Natalie Fleming to left field. After Taylor Gadbois was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch, Emily Crane singled her to third and was able to move up to second on the throw. Sami Fagan came up and drilled a ball over the right field wall for a three run shot and the Tigers led 4-1 with no outs recorded.

The Tigers were not done with the big hits. Corrin Genovese took a pitch to the opposite field in right for a double and only one out was on the board. Kelsea Roth hit line drive, but Gracie Goulder made a nice diving catch to prevent Genovese from having a chance to score. Carda was able to get a strike out, but the damage was done as Missouri led 4-1 after the top of the third.

The Bruins were able to comeback in the bottom of the third. A two out single by Allexis Bennett and walk drawn by Carda set up Stephany LaRosa to single to left field to bring home Bennett. Maddy Jelenicki was able to clear the bases on a double to left center field that tied the game at four.

The Bruins reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a rocket off the bat of Mysha Sataraka to lead off the frame and give the Bruins a 5-4 lead. The Bruins threatened again in the inning following a bunt and walk. A ground out moved the runners to second and third while a walk to Carda loaded the bases with two outs. Paige Lowary was taken out of the circle following the walk in favor of Tori Finucane.

Finucane started her pitching with a walk to LaRosa that brought home a run and gave UCLA a 6-4 lead. She was able to get a ground out to end the inning with the Tigers down only two runs.

Missouri had a chance to respond in the top of the fifth. A two out rally put runners on first and second, but Carda struck out Roth to end the threat.

UCLA started the bottom of the fifth with Gabrielle Maurice reaching on a throwing error by Missouri’s Sami Fagan and a bunt single by Sataraka. Goulder then hit a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up to second and third with only one out. The bases were loaded following a walk to Kylee Perez.

After a ground out, Finucane walked Bennett bring home another run and make it a 7-4 UCLA lead. A pop out ended the inning, but the task was made difficult with another run added to the board.

The Bruins had a chance to add more runs on the board with the bases loaded and two outs, but a ground out to first base kept Missouri in striking distance.

The Tigers got a pair of two out singles from Fagan and Amanda Sanchez to provide some nervy final moments. A ground ball by Genovese to first base ended the game.

UCLA and Missouri will be back on Sunday to finish the Super Regional with a game time of 3 PM Eastern Time. A win by UCLA will send them to the Women’s College World Series while a win by Missouri will mean a third game will by played. If that third game is necessary, game time will be at approximately 6 PM Eastern Time.