Elimination Saturday Brings the Field Down to Four Teams

In the first elimination game of the day on Saturday UCLA took an early 3-0 lead after 2 innings and for some reason
Texas A&M just could never get their game on track. The pitching of UCLA ace Rachel Garica probably had a lot to do with it as she had another very strong game on the mound. UCLA blew the game wide open when they lit up the scoreboard with 5 more runs in the top of the 7th to win the game by a final score of 8-2. So Texas A&M is eliminated from this year’s WCWS while UCLA stays alive to meet Washington in their next elimination game played Saturday night.

In the second played elimination game of the day it was Pac-12 vs. Big 12 with Oregon vs. Baylor. At first it looked like it was gonna be a easy day for Oregon until the rains hit and the game was delayed. Oregon had built a 5-0 lead before Baylor’s bats came to life in the bottom of the 4th when they scored 4 runs to close to within one run with a score of 5-4. Oregon added several insurance runs though in the top of the 7th inning taking away any hopes of Baylor getting a comeback win. The final score of the game was Oregon taking the win by the score of 7-4. So that ends Baylor’s season while Oregon moves on to face a scrappy LSU team later tonight in another elimination game.

In the Washington vs. UCLA elimination game it was a pitching duel between the Bruin’s Rachel Garcia and
Washington’s Taran Alvelo. The game was scoreless until in the top of the 6th when Washington’s Ali Aguilar hit a home run giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the game which surprisingly with these two high powered offenses was
enough to give Washington the win. With the loss UCLA is eliminated while Washington moves on to play top seed Florida in the semi-finals round. It will be a tough task though for the Huskies who will need two wins over Florida
Sunday to move on to the World Series finals.

In the final elimination game played late Saturday night it was LSU vs. Oregon. For some reason it seemed to me like LSU just wasn’t ready for this game. I don’t know if they were tired or what but it just seemed like their normal energy wasn’t there. The exact opposite was true for the Oregon team they seemed ready to go and determined to win this game and move on in to the semi-finals. Oregon won the game 4-1 and will meet defending champions Oklahoma on Sunday needing to win two games to move on to the final round of the WCWS.

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