In two straight games Oklahoma eliminated last years runner ups Auburn by scores of 4-0 and 5-2. What happened to Auburn’s offense that went to sleep during the series and couldn’t get the key hit? I know Oklahoma pitchers Paige Parker and Paige Lowary are good but Auburn has faced some of the best pitchers all season long in SEC play. So Oklahoma returns to the WCWS to defend their title while Auburn’s season is done. “I have no real words to say other than the fact that I felt that we were a better team than what we played,” said Auburn head coach Clint Myers. “I think we underachieved. I’m disappointed as the girls are too because I thought our season would be prolonged. We got beat by a very good Oklahoma team. They didn’t make mistakes and we did, and when you’re playing good teams you can’t make mistakes.”
Mississippi’s dream season came to an end Friday night with their second loss to PAC-12 powerhouse UCLA 1-0. It
was a heartbreaking series that started with an Ole MIss lost in Thursday nights game one of the series when after
twice in that game being just one strike from winning, but scrappy UCLA kept fighting back taking the win 8-7 in eleven innings at UCLA’s Easton Stadium. I really think if Ole Miss would have won game one they could have had enough momentum to win the series. Ole Miss junior RHP Kaitlin Lee was outstanding all year and in the playoffs both with her on the field performance and being the off field team spirit leader. UCLA’s Rachel Garcia also has to be given credit for a job well done with the several hundred pitches she ended up throwing in game one and in relief in game two.
Texas A&M run in to a young Tennessee team that at the beginning of the year many thought might not even make the NCAA tourney. On Friday night the Vols got an 8-1 victory thanks to a 5-run third inning against Texas A&M starter Samantha Show. Matty Moss threw her 14th complete game of the season for Tennessee to improve to 26-2 on the year. The two teams played again Saturday afternoon with Texas A&M pitcher Trinity Harrington going up against Caylan Arnold followed by Matty Moss in relief for Tennessee and Payton McBride for Texas A&M with A&M picking up the win 6-5 forcing a game three in the series.
In a match up of SEC powerhouses it was #1 Florida against Alabama. Alabama put up three runs in the fifth on a pair
of Florida errors to down the top-seeded Gators, 3-0 on Thursday evening in front of 1,800 softball fans at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Alabama junior Alexis Osorio threw a three-hit shutout for the Crimson Tide while Florida ace sophomore righty Kelly Barnhill got the loss working the first five innings while junior Aleshia Ocasio tossed pair of scoreless frames for the Gators in relief of Barnhill. In game two of the series Florida fought back for a 2-0 victory in Friday nights game. Amanda Lorenz’s two-run homer in the third inning was all the scoring needed by Florida to secure the win. Florida earned its eighth berth to the Women’s College World Series on Saturday after winning the final game of its best-of-three NCAA Super Regional against Alabama with a 2-1 win. Florida sophomore Kelly Barnhill (24-3) retired 16 of the final 17 hitters and allowed just two hits, one run (earned) and one walk, while striking out 12. The Tides Alexis Osorio took the loss.
Florida State took the first game of their Tallahassee Super Regional with a 3-1 win over LSU on Friday night. Florida State pitcher Jessica Burroughs allowed just three hits in the complete-game victory. On Saturday LSU came back and won a pitching duel with a score of 1-0 forcing a deciding game three. LSU pitcher Allie Walljasper got the complete game win.
Oregon made quick work of Kentucky getting a 4-0 lead and cruising to the win to take game one one of their series on Friday. In Saturdays game Kentucky was ready to play and took an early lead in their game but fell apart in the top of the seventh inning allowing Oregon to score four runs off of just four hits to come from behind to win 6-5 and send Kentucky back home while Oregon moves on to the WCWS.
The Washington Huskies got the best of Utah Friday night during the opener to their NCAA Super Regional matchup.
The Utes trailed from the entire game and ended up losing by a score of 10-4. In Saturdays game it was a another slugfest with Utah winning by a score of 9 to 8 forcing a game three in their series.
Arizona got off to a good start in their series with a 3-2 win over Baylor. Arizona pitcher Danielle O’Toole won her 30th game of the season and slugger Katiyana Mauga her 92nd home run and is now three shy of the NCAA career record. In Saturdays game though Baylor rallied in the 6th inning with four runs to beat Arizona 6-4 and force a game three in their series.