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Walk Off Grand Slam By Auburn Ties Up WCWS Championship Series

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Walk Off Grand Slam By Auburn Ties Up WCWS Championship Series

The Auburn Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 11-7 in 8 innings thanks to Emily Carosone’s walk off grand slam. The win pushed the 2016 Women’s College World Series to a decisive and winner take all game three.

The Sooners got the scoring started in the top of the first with a two out infield single by Fale Aviu with Aviu beating the throw to first to allow Erin Miller to score. The Sooners left runners stranded on second and third, but took a 1-0 lead after a half inning.

The Sooners built a bigger lead in the second with a lead off homer by Kady Self. That was just the beginning as back-t0-back singles followed by a throwing error allowed a run to score and it became a 3-0 game. Two straight squeeze bunts and a single brought home three more runs for the Sooners to push the lead to 6-0 and forced Auburn’s starting pitcher Kaylee Carlson out of the circle. Oklahoma added another run with a single by Nicole Pendley and led 7-0 after just an inning and a half.

However, the Tigers had a scoring barrage of their own in the bottom of the second. Carlee Wallace was hit by a pitch to start the inning, but two straight strikeouts left Auburn against the wall. After a walk, Whitney Jordan hit a three run home run to left field to get Auburn on the board. After an error, Tiffany Howard tripled home another run to make it 7-4 Sooners and that chased Oklahoma’s Kelsey Stevens from the circle.

The Tigers got a single from Kasey Cooper to drive home Howard while a hit by pitch and walk loaded the bases for Auburn. The rally ended with Jade Rhodes striking out to end the second, but Auburn cut the deficit to 7-5.

Auburn would complete the 7 run comeback in the bottom of the fourth with a single from Howard followed by a two run blast to right field by Cooper.

Oklahoma had a great chance to reclaim the lead in the top of the sixth. A two out single by Caleigh Clifton was followed by a deep shot to left field by Shay Knighten. The ball was headed over the fence when Auburn’s Tiffany Howard made a great catch to keep the game tied at 7.

 

The fatal blow for Oklahoma came in the bottom of the eighth. After a ground out, two singles and a bunt loaded the bases for Emily Carosone. Carosone took the pitch over the right center field to end the game in grand fashion.

 

The Sooners RBIs from six different hitters, but only Sydney Romero and Kady Self had multiple hits. Jayden Chestnut took the loss after throwing 5 2/3 innings giving up 6 runs on 11 hits. Oklahoma had won 31 straight games prior to this loss.

 

Auburn was led by Tiffany Howard who went 4 for 5 with one RBI and three runs scored. Carosone went 3 for 4 with all four her RBIs coming on the last pitch. Kasey Cooper went 2 for 4 with three RBI. Makayla Martin was awarded the win after tossing two innings and giving up only one hit. However, it was Rachael Walters who helped the Tigers from giving up more runs after the Sooners built a 7-0 lead. Walters threw 5 innings of shutout ball giving up just four hits.

Oklahoma won game one 3-2 on Monday nightGame three of the WCWS Championship Series will be Wednesday at 7 PM Eastern Time. The winner of that game will be crowned the 2016 NCAA Division 1 National Champions.

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)
TV
Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
6/6/2016Game #18 PM
ESPN
#4 Auburn#3 Oklahoma2-3Recap
6/7/2016Game #28 PM
ESPN
#3 Oklahoma#4 Auburn7-11 (8 Innings)Recap
6/8/2016Game #37 PM
ESPN
#4 Auburn#3 Oklahoma1-2Oklahoma Wins 2016 National Championship

Oklahoma Takes Game 1 of 2016 WCWS Championship Series

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Oklahoma Takes Game 1 of 2016 WCWS Championship Series

The Oklahoma Sooners fended off a late seventh inning rally by Auburn to win the first game of the 2016 WCWS Championship Series 3-2. Sydney Romero’s three run shot in the third inning proved to be the difference.

The Sooners’ Kelsey Arnold drew a walk to start the bottom of the third followed by a bunt by Erin Miller that put two on with no outs. After Auburn forced a strike out and fly out, Romero came up and hit a three run shot to left-center to give the Sooners a 3-0 lead.

The Sooners loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth after three straight hits by Miller, Caleigh Clifton, and Shay Knighten. Romero came up with one out, but grounded into a double play to end the inning with the Sooners still leading 3-2.

The Auburn Tigers did not have many chances to score in the first six innings, but that changed dramatically in the seventh. Carlee Wallace drew a lead off walk before Jade Rhodes lifted a two run shot over the center field wall to close the deficit to one run.

The Tigers were not done threatening as Haley Fagan singled up the middle and a throwing error by Paige Parker on a hit back to her allowed runners to be on second and third with only one out. The Sooners forced a ground ball fielder’s choice that threw the runner out at home thanks to a heads up play by Knighten. That gave Auburn two outs with runners on the corners, but Tiffany Howard popped out to end the game.

Parker got the win for Oklahoma after throwing a complete game allowing four hits and three walks with only one strikeout. She threw 91 pitches in the game to push her 2016 Tournament total to 955. She has won 26 straight starts in the circle.

Lexi Davis, the surprise starter for Auburn, pitch 6 innings giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks with only one strikeout. Davis had only pitched one inning in the NCAA Tournament prior to this game.

Game Two of the 2016 WCWS Championship Series will be on Tuesday at 8 PM Eastern Time. Auburn will be the home team as they look to stave off elimination while Oklahoma would capture their third National Championship with a win.

 

2016 Women’s College World Series Schedule

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2016 Women’s College World Series Schedule

The final eight teams in the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball season will be playing for the chance to win the Women’s College World Series with an updated bracket here. Each game of the 2016 Women’s College World Series will take place from ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The 8 teams will compete in a double elimination format until only two teams are left. Those two remaining teams will then play in a best of three championship series to determine the National Champion.

The two-time defending National Champions, the Florida Gators, were knocked out in the Super Regional round by Georgia so there will be a new Champion crowned in 2016. All of the schools in the 2016 WCWS have previously been to the Women’s College World Series. Results for the Regional round can be found here while the Super Regional results can be found here.

Returning from the 2015 WCWS are Michigan, Auburn, LSU, Alabama, and UCLA.

Below are the eight teams that made the 2016 Women’s College World Series.

SeedTeamRecordConferenceWCWS Appearances (Including 2016)
2Michigan51-5Big Ten12th
3Oklahoma52-7Big 1210th
4Auburn54-10SEC2nd
6Alabama51-12SEC11th
8Florida State53-8ACC9th
10LSU50-16SEC5th
12UCLA40-14-1Pac-1226th
16Georgia45-18SEC3rd

The Women’s College World Series will get underway on Thursday, June 2 with four games scheduled for the opening day. The entire schedule can be found in the table below with the Championship Series located in a separate table. The tables below will be updated with final scores as the games go final each day.

6/2/2016 Update: The final two games scheduled for Thursday, June 2 were postponed to Friday due to weather. If games 13 and/or 14 are needed to be played, they will take place on Monday, June 6, pushing back the start to the Championship Series to Tuesday, June 7. If games 13 and/or 14 are not needed, the Championship Series will begin on Monday, June 6 as scheduled.

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)
TV
Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
6/2/2016Game #112 PM
ESPN
#16 Georgia#8 Florida State5-4
6/2/2016Game #22:45 PM
ESPN
#12 UCLA#4 Auburn3-10
6/3/2016Game #37 PM
ESPN2
#6 Alabama#3 Oklahoma0-3 (8 Innings)Postponed to 6/3 due to weather
6/3/2016Game #49:30 PM
ESPN2
#10 LSU#2 Michigan0-2Postponed to 6/3 due to weather
6/4/2016Game #57 PM
ESPN2
#4 Auburn#16 Georgia4-3
6/4/2016Game #69:30 PM
ESPN2
#3 Oklahoma#2 Michigan7-5
6/4/2016Game #712 PM
ESPN
#8 Florida State#12 UCLA8-4UCLA Eliminated
6/4/2016Game #83:20 PM
ESPN
#10 LSU#6 Alabama6-4Alabama Eliminated
6/5/2016Game #91 PM
ESPN
#2 Michigan#8 Florida State0-1Michigan Eliminated
6/5/2016Game #103:35 PM
ESPN2
#16 Georgia#10 LSU1-4Georgia Eliminated
6/5/2016Game #117 PM
ESPN2
#8 Florida State#4 Auburn7-8 (8 Innings)Florida State Eliminated
6/5/2016Game #1210:40 PM
ESPN2
#3 Oklahoma#10 LSU7-3LSU Eliminated
6/6/2016Game #137 PM
ESPN2
Game #11 LoserGame #11 WinnerIf Necessary
6/6/2016Game #149:30 PM
ESPN2
Game #12 LoserGame #12 WinnerIf Necessary

2016 Women’s College World Series Championship Series

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)
TV
Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
6/6/2016Game #18 PM
ESPN
#4 Auburn#3 Oklahoma2-3Recap
6/7/2016Game #28 PM
ESPN
#3 Oklahoma#4 Auburn7-11 (8 Innings)Recap
6/8/2016Game #37 PM
ESPN
#4 Auburn#3 Oklahoma1-2Oklahoma Wins 2016 National Championship

2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Super Regionals

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2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Super Regionals

After one weekend of play, the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball tournament has been cut down to 16 teams. The bracket can be found here. Those 16 teams will meet in a best-of-three series to decide the 8 teams that will comprise the 2016 Women’s College World Series.

Two national seeds were knocked out in the regional round in #9 Kentucky and #13 Tennessee, both from the SEC and both would have been on the road. Below are the 16 teams that made the Super Regional.

SeedTeamRecordConferenceSuper Regional Appearances
(Including 2016)
1Florida56-5SEC9th
2Michigan49-5Big Ten11th
3Oklahoma50-7Big 1210th
4Auburn52-9SEC2nd
5Oregon47-8Pac-127th
6Alabama49-12SEC12th
7James Madison49-4Colonial1st
8Florida State51-8ACC5th
10LSU48-15SEC5th
11Washington39-13Pac-1210th
12UCLA38-13-1Pac-128th
14Louisiana Lafayette46-7Sun Belt7th
15Missouri42-14SEC8th
16Georgia43-18SEC9th
Not SeededArizona39-19Pac-1211th
Not SeededUtah35-20Pac-121st

The Super Regionals will take place between Thursday, May 26 and Sunday, May 29. Dates and times are subject to change and updated information will be provided as soon as possible.

Gainesville Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/26/2016Game #17 PM#16 Georgia#1 Florida3-0
5/27/2016Game #25 PM#1 Florida#16 Georgia2-3Florida Eliminated
5/27/2016Game #38 PM#16 Georgia#1 FloridaIf Necessary

Tallahassee Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/27/2016Game #15 PMUtah#8 Florida State2-6
5/28/2016Game #24:30 PM#8 Florida StateUtah3-0Utah Eliminated
5/28/2016Game #37:30 PMUtah#8 Florida StateIf Necessary

Eugene Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/28/2016Game #19:30 PM#12 UCLA#5 Oregon1-8
5/29/2016Game #27 PM#5 Oregon#12 UCLA1-2 (9 Innings)
5/29/2016Game #310:15 PM#12 UCLA#5 Oregon2-1Oregon Eliminated

Auburn Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/28/2016Game #16:30 PMArizona#4 Auburn5-3
5/29/2016Game #22 PM#4 AuburnArizona4-1
5/29/2016Game #35 PMArizona#4 Auburn1-6Arizona Eliminated

Norman Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/26/2016Game #19 PM#14 Louisiana Lafayette#3 Oklahoma2-8
5/27/2016Game #27 PM#3 Oklahoma#14 Louisiana Lafayette7-6Louisiana Lafayette Eliminated
5/27/2016Game #310 PM#14 Louisiana Lafayette#3 OklahomaIf Necessary

Tuscaloosa Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/27/2016Game #18 PM#11 Washington#6 Alabama1-2 (8 Innings)
5/28/2016Game #24:30 PM#6 Alabama#11 Washington5-2Washington Eliminated
5/28/2016Game #37:30 PM#11 Washington#6 AlabamaIf Necessary

Harrisonburg Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/27/2016Game #13 PM#10 LSU#7 James Madison2-3
5/28/2016Game #212 PM#7 James Madison#10 LSU0-2
5/28/2016Game #33 PM#10 LSU#7 James Madison3-2James Madison Eliminated

Ann Arbor Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/28/2016Game #13 PM#15 Missouri#2 Michigan3-5
5/29/2016Game #212 PM#2 Michigan#15 Missouri5-4Missouri Eliminated
5/29/2016Game #33 PM#15 Missouri#2 MichiganIf Necessary

Women’s College World Series

The 2016 Women’s College World Series will take place between Thursday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 8 with every game shown on one of the ESPN family of network channels. All of the games will take place at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and OGE Energy Field from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We will have a post when the teams and schedules are known for the 2016 WCWS.

2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Bracket Announced

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2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Bracket Announced

The 2016 NCAA Division I Softball bracket is now known and the bracket can be found here. The Florida Gators are going for their third straight National Championship after winning in 2014 and 2015. The only time a team has won three straight Championships was from 1988 to 1990 when the UCLA Bruins completed the feat.

The tournament will get started with the regionals between Friday, May 20 and Monday, May 23. Below are the 16 National Seeds as ranked by the NCAA.

SeedTeamRecordConference
1Florida53-5SEC
2Michigan46-5Big Ten
3Oklahoma47-7Big 12
4Auburn49-9SEC
5Oregon44-8Pac-12
6Alabama46-12SEC
7James Madison46-4Colonial
8Florida State48-8ACC
9Kentucky43-12SEC
10LSU45-15SEC
11Washington36-13Pac-12
12UCLA35-13-1Pac-12
13Tennessee41-14SEC
14Louisiana Lafayette43-7Sun Belt
15Missouri39-14SEC
16Georgia40-17SEC

2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Teams

Below are all 64 teams that have made the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball tournament. In the sortable table below, the automatic bids are listed first followed by the at-large bids listed in order of conference. The records for each team and which regional they have been assigned to are provided as well.

ConferenceTeamRecordRouteRegional
American EastMaine28-19Tournament ChampionsAthens
AmericanTulsa35-19Tournament ChampionsNorman
ACCFlorida State48-8Tournament ChampionsTallahassee
Atlantic 10Fordham39-19Tournament ChampionsEugene
Atlantic SunSouth Carolina Upstate42-13Tournament ChampionsAuburn
Big 12Oklahoma47-7Regular Season ChampionsNorman
Big EastButler28-22Tournament ChampionsLexington
Big SkyWeber State37-17Tournament ChampionsSeattle
Big SouthLongwood38-18Tournament ChampionsHarrisonburg
Big TenMinnesota41-12Tournament ChampionsSeattle
Big WestCal State Fullerton43-14Regular Season ChampionsLos Angeles
ColonialJames Madison46-4Tournament ChampionsHarrisonburg
C-USAFlorida Atlantic50-7Tournament ChampionsGainesville
HorizonValparaiso18-32Tournament ChampionsAnn Arbor
IvyPrinceton23-26Championship Series WinnerHarrisonburg
Mid-AmericanMiami (OH)34-21Tournament ChampionsAnn Arbor
Metro AtlanticMarist45-11Tournament ChampionsKnoxville
Mid-EasternFlorida A&M27-28Tournament ChampionsTallahassee
Missouri ValleyWichita State35-19Tournament ChampionsNorman
Mountain WestFresno State41-10-1Regular Season ChampionsLos Angeles
NortheastLIU Brooklyn30-25Tournament ChampionsBaton Rouge
Ohio ValleyJacksonville State41-15Tournament ChampionsAuburn
Pac-12Oregon44-8Regular Season ChampionsEugene
PatriotBoston Univeristy28-22Tournament ChampionsLafayette
SECAuburn49-9Tournament ChampionsAuburn
SouthernSamford40-18Tournament ChampionsTuscaloosa
SouthlandMcNeese State42-12Tournament ChampionsBaton Rouge
SWACAlabama State28-25Tournament ChampionsGainesville
SummitNorth Dakota State38-13Tournament ChampionsSeattle
Sun BeltLouisiana Lafayette43-7Tournament ChampionsLafayette
WACCal State Bakersfield16-32Tournament ChampionsLos Angeles
West CoastBYU35-19Regular Season ChampionsColumbia
ACCLouisville35-15At-LargeColumbia
ACCNorth Carolina31-23At-LargeHarrisonburg
ACCNotre Dame41-11At-LargeAnn Arbor
AmericanCentral Florida36-20At-LargeGainesville
AmericanSouth Florida44-14At-LargeTallahassee
Big 12Baylor43-12At-LargeEugene
Big 12Oklahoma State29-24At-LargeAthens
Big 12Texas37-14At-LargeLafayette
Big TenIllinois35-21At-LargeLexington
Big TenNebraska33-19At-LargeColumbia
Big TenNorthwestern26-26At-LargeAthens
Big TenMichigan46-5At-LargeAnn Arbor
Big TenOhio State33-18-1At-LargeKnoxville
Big WestLong Beach State32-20At-LargeEugene
Pac-12Arizona36-19At-LargeKnoxville
Pac-12Arizona State30-25At-LargeBaton Rouge
Pac-12California31-22-1At-LargeTuscaloosa
Pac-12Oregon State30-18-1At-LargeAuburn
Pac-12UCLA35-13-1At-LargeLos Angeles
Pac-12Utah32-19At-LargeLexington
Pac-12Washington36-13At-LargeSeattle
SECAlabama46-12At-LargeTuscaloosa
SECFlorida53-5At-LargeGainesville
SECGeorgia40-17At-LargeAthens
SECKentucky43-12At-LargeLexington
SECLSU45-15At-LargeBaton Rouge
SECMissouri39-14At-LargeColumbia
SECOle Miss39-20At-LargeNorman
SECSouth Carolina36-21At-LargeTallahassee
SECTennessee41-14At-LargeKnoxville
SECTexas A&M37-18At-LargeLafayette
Sun BeltTexas State39-20At-LargeTuscaloosa

Regionals

The 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball tournament will kick off with 16 regionals with four teams in each regional. Each regional employs the double-elimination format with the 16 National Seeds hosting a regional. The regionals are listed in order of the potential Super Regional matchup (i.e. #1 vs #16, #9 vs #8, #13 vs. #4, etc.).

All dates and times listed below are tentative. Updates, along with final scores, will be made as the changes are known.

Gainesville Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #112 PMCentral FloridaFlorida Atlantic1-0
5/20/2016Game #22:30 PMAlabama State#1 Florida0-11, (5 Innings)Game shortened to 5 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #312 PM#1 FloridaCentral Florida5-0
5/21/2016Game #42:30 PMFlorida AtlanticAlabama State8-0Alabama State Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #55:30 PMFlorida AtlanticCentral Florida1-2 (8 Innings)Florida Atlantic Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #612 PMCentral Florida#1 Florida0-8 (5 Innings)Central Florida Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #72:30 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Athens Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #11 PMNorthwesternOklahoma State2-1
5/20/2016Game #23:30 PMMaine#16 Georgia0-6
5/21/2016Game #31 PM#16 GeorgiaNorthwestern5-2
5/21/2016Game #44 PMOklahoma StateMaine10-1Maine Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #56:30 PMOklahoma StateNorthwestern3-2 (9 Innings)Northwestern Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #61 PM#16 GeorgiaOklahoma State3-5
5/22/2016Game #73:30 PMOklahoma State#16 Georgia0-6Oklahoma State Eliminated

Lexington Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #111 AMIllinoisUtah0-1
5/21/2016Game #211 AMButler#9 Kentucky1-6Postponed to 5/21 due to weather
5/21/2016Game #32 PMUtah#9 Kentucky3-0
5/21/2016Game #44:30 PMButlerIllinois1-2 (8 Innings)Butler Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #57 PM#9 KentuckyIllinois3-2 (8 Innings)Illinois Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #61 PM#9 KentuckyUtah4-0
5/22/2016Game #74 PMUtah#9 Kentucky5-3Kentucky Eliminated

Tallahassee Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #112 PMSouth CarolinaSouth Florida2-0
5/20/2016Game #22:30 PMFlorida A&M#8 Florida State0-1No Hitter thrown by FSU's Jessica Burroughs
5/21/2016Game #312 PM#8 Florida StateSouth Carolina4-0
5/21/2016Game #42:30 PMSouth FloridaFlorida A&M6-4Florida A&M Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #55 PMSouth FloridaSouth Carolina0-6South Florida Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #612 PMSouth Carolina#8 Florida State1-2South Carolina Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #72:30 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Eugene Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #19 PMLong Beach StateBaylor2-3
5/20/2016Game #211:30 PMFordham#5 Oregon0-8 (5 Innings)Game shortened to 5 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #35 PMBaylor#5 Oregon0-6
5/21/2016Game #47:30 PMFordhamLong Beach State1-9 (6 Innings)Fordham Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #510 PMBaylorLong Beach State11-2Long Beach State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #67 PM#5 OregonBaylor8-1Baylor Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #79 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Los Angeles Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #16 PMCal State FullertonFresno State6-4
5/20/2016Game #29 PMCal State Bakersfield#12 UCLA0-7No hitter pitched by UCLA's Johanna Grauer
5/21/2016Game #33 PM#12 UCLACal State Fullerton3-2
5/21/2016Game #46 PMFresno StateCal State Bakersfield8-5Cal State Bakersfield Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #59 PMFresno StateCal State Fullerton1-7Fresno State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #63 PMCal State Fullerton#12 UCLA4-5Cal State Fullerton Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #76 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Knoxville Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/21/2016Game #110 AMOhio StateArizona0-2Game postponed to 5/21/16 due to weather
5/21/2016Game #212 PMMarist#13 Tennessee2-10 (6 Innings)Game shortened to 6 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #32:30 PMArizona#13 Tennessee4-0
5/21/2016Game #45 PMMaristOhio State1-6Marist Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #512 PM#13 TennesseeOhio State10-1 (5 Innings)Ohio State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #62:30 PM#13 TennesseeArizona3-4 (8 Innings)Tennessee Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #75 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Auburn Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #112 PMSouth Carolina UpstateOregon State5-2
5/20/2016Game #22:30 PMJacksonville State#4 Auburn1-2
5/21/2016Game #32:30 PM#4 AuburnSouth Carolina Upstate6-1
5/21/2016Game #45 PMOregon StateJacksonville State4-5 (14 Innings)Oregon State Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #510:15 PMJacksonville StateSouth Carolina Upstate3-2South Carolina Upstate Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #62:30 PM#4 AuburnJacksonville State14-2 (5 Innings)Jacksonville State Eliinated
5/22/2016Game #75 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Norman Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #16:30 PMTulsaOle Miss1-5
5/20/2016Game #29 PMWichita State#3 Oklahoma2-7
5/21/2016Game #32:30 PMOle Miss#3 Oklahoma1-9 (5 Innings)Game shortened to 5 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #45 PMWichita StateTulsa2-1Tulsa Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #57:30 PMOle MissWichita State4-0Wichita State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #64:30 PM#3 OklahomaOle Miss3-0Ole Miss Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #77 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Lafayette Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #14:30 PMTexasTexas A&M5-0
5/20/2016Game #27 PMBoston University#14 Louisiana Lafayette5-9
5/21/2016Game #312 PM#14 Louisiana LafayetteTexas9-1
5/21/2016Game #42:30 PMTexas A&MBoston University6-0Boston University Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #55:45 PMTexas A&MTexas9-3Texas Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #64:30 PM#14 Louisiana LafayetteTexas A&M9-8 (9 Innings)Texas A&M Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #77 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Seattle Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #17:30 PMNorth Dakota StateMinnesota2-7
5/20/2016Game #210 PMWeber State#11 Washington6-14 (5 Innings)Game shortened to 5 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #34 PMMinnesota#11 Washington2-5
5/21/2016Game #46:30 PMWeber StateNorth Dakota State2-5Weber State Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #59 PMMinnesotaNorth Dakota State7-5North Dakota State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #63 PM#11 WashingtonMinnesota15-7 (6 Innings)Minnesota Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #75:30 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Tuscaloosa Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #12:30 PMTexas StateCalifornia0-1
5/20/2016Game #25 PMSamford#6 Alabama0-3
5/21/2016Game #32:30 PMCalifornia#6 Alabama1-3
5/21/2016Game #45 PMSamfordTexas State0-2Samford Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #57:30 PMCaliforniaTexas State4-3California Elimintaed
5/22/2016Game #62:30 PM#6 AlabamaCalifornia8-0California Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #75 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Harrisonburg Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #12 PMLongwoodNorth Carolina4-6
5/20/2016Game #24:30 PMPrinceton#7 James Madison0-7
5/21/2016Game #32 PMNorth Carolina#7 James Madison1-10 (6 Innings)Game shortened to 6 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #44:30 PMPrincetonLongwood1-2Princeton Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #57 PMNorth CarolinaLongwood4-5 (9 Innings)North Carolina Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #62 PM#7 James MadisonLongwood5-1Longwood Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #74:30 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Baton Rouge Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #14 PMArizona StateMcNeese State2-5
5/20/2016Game #27 PMLIU Brooklyn#10 LSU2-10 (6 Innings)Game shortened to 6 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #31 PMMcNeese State#10 LSU1-4
5/21/2016Game #44 PMLIU BrooklynArizona State0-1LIU Brooklyn Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #57 PMMcNeese StateArizona State2-3 (14 Innings)McNeese State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #62 PM#10 LSUArizona State2-0Arizona State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #75 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Columbia Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/19/2016Game #15:30 PMLouisvilleNebraska2-3
5/19/2016Game #28 PMBYU#15 Missouri0-9, (5 Innings)Game shortened to 5 innings due to run rule
5/20/2016Game #32 PMNebraska#15 Missouri0-8, (6 Innings)Game shortened to 6 innings due to run rule
5/20/2016Game #44:30 PMBYULouisville6-4Louisville Eliminated
5/20/2016Game #57 PMNebraskaBYU2-0BYU Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #62:30 PM#15 MissouriNebraska9-0 (5 Innings)Nebraska Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #75 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Ann Arbor Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #14:30 PMMiami (OH)Notre Dame3-2
5/20/2016Game #27 PMValparaiso#2 Michigan0-8 (5 Innings)Game shortened to 5 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #312 PM#2 MichiganMiami (OH)6-0
5/21/2016Game #42:30 PMNotre DameValparaiso8-0 (5 Innings)Valparaiso Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #55 PMNotre DameMiami (OH)5-0Miami (OH) Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #62 PM#2 MichiganNotre Dame6-2Notre Dame Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #74:30 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Super Regionals

The Super Regional round of the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Tournament will be a best of three series between the dates of Thursday, May 26 and Sunday, May 30. The campus sites for each Super Regional will be determined upon completion of the Regionals by the NCAA.

Women’s College World Series

The 2016 Women’s College World Series will take place between Thursday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 8 with every game shown on one of the ESPN family of network channels. All of the games will take place at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and OGE Energy Field from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Florida Wins Second Straight Softball Championship

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Florida Wins Second Straight Softball Championship

The Florida Gators won their second straight softball National Championship thanks to Lauren Haeger‘s dominant pitching performance. She had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning to lead the Gators to a 4-1 victory.

After struggling against Haylie Wagner on Tuesday, the Gators jumped on her right away in the bottom of the first. Kelsey Stewart was hit by a pitch and was sacrificed to second on a bunt that also allowed Nicole DeWitt to reach safely. Haeger singled her home to put runners on the corners while Kirsti Merritt put both runners in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Taylor Schwarz brought those two runners home for a 3-0 Florida lead after one inning.

Florida drove Wagner out of the game early in the bottom of the second. Justine McLean was able to get to second base after a throwing error and then moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt. Stewart brought her home with a double to left field and Wagner was then taken out in favor of Megan Betsa with Florida leading 4-0.

Betsa struggled with her control as she hit the next two batters to load the bases with only one out. However, she soon found her control by striking out the next two batters to end the bases loaded jam.

Michigan had two bases runners in the top of the third thanks to back-to-back hitters being hit by a pitch. A strike out and foul out did not help the cause while Sierra Romero drew a walk to load the bases. Haeger ended the top of the third with a strike out of Kelly Christner.

Florida had another chance to put up runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kelsey Stewart hit into a fielder’s choice that threw out the lead runner at second, but she was able to steal second with only out. A strike out was followed by an intentional walk of Haeger before a foul out ended the inning for the Gators. After four innings, Florida still led 4-0.

Michigan would finally get their first hit in the top of the fifth. Tera Blanco hit a one out single to left field and Abby Ramirez reached on an infield single. Sierra Lawrence flied out to right field before Romero delivered an RBI single to center that scored Blanco. Christner flied out to center field to end the threat and Michigan trailing 4-1.

The Gators saw Merritt hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the fifth and she stole second on a strike out. Two batters later, McLean hit a single to first and stole second to put both runners in scoring position. Once again, Wagner was able to shut the door with a strike out.

Michigan tried to start a two out rally in the sixth. Amanda Vargas singled to center and Wagner was hit by a pitch to put two runners on. Unfortunately for Michigan, Blanco grounded out to short to end the inning.

Florida began the bottom half of the sixth with Stewart being hit by a pitch and stealing second on a DeWitt strike out. After another intentional walk to Haeger, Taylore Fuller was hit by a pitch to load the bases while Haylie Wagner came back into the circle for Michigan. She was able to prevent any runs from getting across thanks to a foul out to the catcher and ground out to second. Michigan still trailed 4-1 after six innings with one final chance.

Michigan’s final half inning began with a single by Abby Ramirez. Sierra Lawrence struck out looking while Sierra Romero hit a ground ball to the shortstop that threw Ramirez out at second. Christner came up and hit a ground ball to first base for an easy put out that gave Florida their second straight National Championship.

Lauren Haeger pitched another good game going seven innings while giving up one run on five hits. She also allowed one walk and struck out five Wolverines. For her incredible performances throughout the last week, Haeger was named the Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player.

Florida became the first team since the Arizona Wildcats in 2006 and 2007 to win back-to-back National Championships in Division 1 Softball. Arizona also won back-to-back titles in 1993-94 and 1996-97. The only other program to do so has been the UCLA Bruins who have done it three times in 1984-85, 1988-90, and 2003-04.

Michigan Ties Up Championship Series With Game 2 Win

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Michigan Ties Up Championship Series With Game 2 Win

The Michigan Wolverines won game two of the NCAA Softball Championship Series to force a decisive winner take all third game on Wednesday night. Michigan won 1-0 behind a complete game shutout by Haylie Wagner.

Florida went down in order to start the first inning while Michigan was able to get their lone run in the bottom of the first.

Sierra Lawrence led off with a single to left field to bring up Sierra Romero. Romero hit a slow ground ball to short, but Lawrence was able to beat the throw at second. After a bunt foul out from Kelly Christner, Kelsey Susalla hit a line drive single to center field, which was compounded by a bad hop in front of Kirsti Merritt. Lawrence was able to score on the bad bounce for a 1-0 Michigan lead. A fly out and line out left two runners stranded for the Wolverines.

The Gators had a chance to tie the game in the top of the second. Lauren Haeger hit a rocket ground ball to third for an infield single and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Taylore Fuller. Wagner was able to get Bailey Castro to strike out on a change up before a Taylor Schwarz single to shortstop put runners on the corners. Wagner ended the threat with a strike out to Aubree Munro.

Michigan tried to add an insurance run in the bottom of the second. Wagner began with a bloop single down the left field line and she was then pitch ran for with Mary Sbonek. A sacrifice bunt by Tera Blanco moved her up to second while Abby Ramirez grounded out to third to move her up to second with two outs. Lawrence was unable to bring Sbonek home as she struck out looking to end the second inning.

The Gators went down in order in the top of the third while Michigan was only able to get a two out walk from Susalla in the bottom of the inning, but she was left stranded.

The top of the fourth provided Florida with another opportunity to tie the game. Haeger hit a single up the middle when the shortstop could not corral the ball. Jessica Damico pinch ran for Haeger while Fuller put runners on first and second with a hard single to left center field. Wagner was able to get out of the jam by forcing a pop out to Castro and ground out by Schwarz.

In the fifth, Florida got a lead off single from Munro, but a line drive hit by Justine McLean to shortstop doubled up the Gators and Michigan still clung to a 1-0 lead. The Wolverines got a one out double from Lawrence in the bottom of the fifth before a controversial call. Romero hit a ground ball to short that threw her out at first, but the throw to third threw out Lawrence despite her not having a path to the base.

The top of the sixth saw the Gators put another runner on base. Kirsti Merritt hit a beautiful bunt single down the first base line and she later stole second after a Haeger pop out to move into scoring position. A line out to shortstop left a runner stranded again and one last chance for Florida.

The top of the seventh was not kind to the Gators faithful. They went down in order to not even give themselves hopes of tying the game with a baserunner.

Lauren Haeger pitched well in the loss. She went six innings giving up one run on four hits with one walk and one strike out.

Haylie Wagner pitched seven innings surrendering six hits with no walks and five strike outs.

Game three of the Championship Series will be at 8 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday night. The decisive game can be seen ESPN with the winner claiming their second National Championship in Women’s softball.

Florida Takes NCAA Softball Championship Series Game 1

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Florida Takes NCAA Softball Championship Series Game 1

Lauren Haeger was the reason for Florida’s 3-2 win over Michigan and she did not even see the pitching circle. She accounted for all three runs batted in including a two run bomb to left field to put the Gators on the brink of their second straight National Championship.

Michigan’s Kelly Christner hit a two out single to center field, but Aleshia Ocasio was able to strike out the next batter to leave her stranded.

The Gators quickly got on base following an error by Michigan’s Abby Ramirez that allowed Kelsey Stewart to reach second base. After a ground out, Haeger came up and hit a bomb to left field to put the Gators up 2-0. A two out walk by Kayli Kvistad put her on first, but another strike out ended the inning with Florida leading 2-0.

Michigan got another two out hit in the top of the second, this time from Haylie Wagner and a walk drawn by Tera Blanco put two runners on base. Ramirez struck out swinging to end the inning and Michigan still down 2-0.

The Gators added to their lead in the bottom of the third. A one out single by Nicole DeWitt was followed by a crushing double to the right center field gap by Haeger that scored DeWitt. Kirsti Merritt was hit by the next pitch to put runners on first and second with only one out. After a ground out and walk loaded the bases, Megan Betsa was relieved by Haylie Wagner in the circle. She got the job done by forcing a foul out to end the inning and Michigan trailing 3-0 after three innings.

Ocasio was able to pitch around a one out walk to Lindsay Montemarano in the top of the fourth. Meanwhile, Florida got a lead off base runner after an error at shortstop by Ramirez. Despite that, Wagner was able to set the next three down in order to keep it a three run game.

In the top of the sixth, Michigan had a great opportunity to put their first run on the board. Kelsey Susalla singled to center and Lauren Sweet was hit by a pitch while also being pinch ran for by Nikki Wald. A fly out to right field put runners on the corners. Wagner hit a shot to left field, but just missed staying fair and she popped out to second to end the at-bat.

A walk by Blanco loaded the bases to bring up Ramirez with the bases loaded. Ramirez hit a slapper up the middle to drive home Wald and Susalla to make it a 3-2 game. Sierra Lawrence hit a hard shot to left field, but it was caught to end the inning after the top of the sixth.

The first pitch of the bottom half of the sixth hit Bailey Castro and she was pinch ran for by Justine McLean. A fly out and sacrifice moved McLean up to second, but a short pop out to the pitcher put Michigan down to their final three outs in the seventh.

Delanie Gourley stepped into the circle to start the seventh in place of Ocasio for the Gators. She gave up a lead off walk to Sierra Romero and she moved up to second on a passed ball to put her in scoring position. A single by Christner put runners on the corners before a nice stab at short by Katie Medina put the runner out at second to leave runners on the corners with one out. Interestingly, Romero stayed put at third when she may have been able to score on the throw to first.

Gourley then used a nice curveball to strike out Sweet for the second out. Gourley then induced a ground ball from Montemarano to end the game.

Lauren Haeger was the star going 2 for 3 with all three runs batted in and one run. Aleshia Ocasio pitched six innings giving up two runs, five hits, and four walks while striking out three batters.

Michigan’s Haylie Wagner pitched a perfect three and one third innings with one strikeout.

Game two will be on Tuesday night at 8 PM Eastern Time on ESPN. Michigan needs to win to force the decisive game three on Wednesday night.

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.