Sunday, May 17, 2009

12:21 AM Monday Central time

As the late broadcasting legend Howard Cosell used to shout in his New York accent when a dramatic sporting event came to an end, "It's all over!" Washington has finished off UMass in the bottom of the 15th, making the Huskies the final team (chronologically) to gain entry into the super-regionals.

12:09 AM Monday Central time

Washington has broken through with five runs in the top of the 15th to take a 6-1 lead over UMass. The Minutewomen had a chance to get out of the inning with no runs allowed, but the Huskies' Jenn Salling beat out an infield grounder with the bases loaded and two out. After that, the floodgates opened.

10:30 Central time

There's one more spot in the super-regionals, for which UMass and Washington are battling tenaciously. In a game that may reach midnight Eastern time, the Minutewomen and Huskies are tied 1-1 going to the 11th inning. Pitching aces Brandice Balschmiter and Danielle Lawrie are in the circle for, respectively, UMass and U-Dub. You can watch the game (or what's left of it) here for free.

Arizona State and Georgia Tech are in.

7:06 Central time

Jacksonville State (of Alabama) is the second longshot to make the super-regionals, with two straight wins over Tennessee today.

Alabama and Stanford are also headed to the supers, each winning its respective regional with ease.

The No. 3 national seed Washington Huskies may be experiencing "Mass Hysteria" at the moment, as the host University of Massachusetts has defeated U-Dub, 5-1, forcing a decisive rematch for the regional championship, beginning about now.

5:11 Central time

UCLA and Baylor are in.

4:15 Central time

We have two more teams that have made the "supers": Arizona and North Dakota State (yes, North Dakota State).

2:37 Central time

We have three more super-regional qualifiers: Missouri, Cal, and Florida.

1:49 Central time

Michigan advances to the super-regionals, thanks to a late offensive explosion that defeats Notre Dame, 4-0.