Sunday, May 27, 2007

Conclusion from Tucson, Arizona

Defending NCAA champion Arizona is going back to the World Series, having dispatched Cal State Fullerton 2-1 in a game that just ended.

As the ESPN commentators have readily pointed out, this year's World Series will be the first in the 26 years of NCAA sponsorship of the event that no California school will be present. Plenty of California-based players will be participating, but not any universities from the Golden State.

Conclusion from Norman, Oklahoma

DePaul has closed out Oklahoma, 7-2, to become the seventh team to qualify for the Women's College World Series. That gives the Chicago area two teams in the World Series: DePaul and Northwestern.

Mid-Afternoon

DePaul looks to be in strong position to get to the Women's College World Series, leading Oklahoma 5-2 in the top of the fifth (with OU as visitors) in today's game, and having taken yesterday's opener. Should the 14th-seeded Blue Demons indeed oust the third-seeded Sooners, DePaul will be the only team outside of the top eight national seeds to crash the party at the World Series, with one super-regional still pending.

National No. 1 seed Arizona leads Cal State Fullerton 2-0 in Game 2 of their series. With the Wildcats winning last night, they too look to be in good shape to advance to the World Series.

Early Afternoon

The second game of the DePaul-Oklahoma super-regional is in a rain delay. What is being shown on ESPN is a replay of yesterday's contest, won by DePaul.