Florida has qualified for the Women's College World Series with its second straight one-run victory over Alabama-Birmingham (1-0 today, 4-3 yesterday). You can scroll down to Thursday's entry on this blog to see my game-by-game super-regional chart.
Nebraska pitcher Tatum Edwards has homered in the bottom of the first to give her team a 1-0 lead over Oregon. Twin sister Taylor Edwards is the catcher for the Huskers, who lead the series 1-0... Oregon has tied the game 1-1 in the top of the second and has a threat going. However, Nebraska gets out of the inning with no more damage... Huskers string together two singles, Duck errors, to go up 3-1. UO now up in top of the fifth... Ducks close to within 3-2, as of top of sixth... Nebraska three outs away from Oklahoma City as Oregon comes up in top of seventh trailing 3-2... Duck lead-off hitter tries surprise bunt, Husker catcher "air-mails" throw to right-field wall. Unclear if a good throw would have gotten runner at first, but runner ends up on third, and scores on middle-infield ground out by next batter. Tied 3-3... Walk and a single give UO runners on first and second with one out, but Huskers complete rare ground-ball double-play to end threat... Oregon wins 4-3 in 11 innings, setting up a decisive Game 3...
...In Game 3, Nebraska and Oregon are tied 2-2 after an inning... Single runs in the third and sixth have given Nebraska a 4-2 lead... For the second time today, the Cornhuskers are three outs away from advancing to the WCWS. This time, however, Nebraska has a two-run cushion, whereas it was only one run in Game 2... UO leads off the bottom of the seventh with a sharp line-drive single to left... One out, as Nebraska gets force out at second on grounder... Another grounder leads to a 5-4-3 double-play... Huskers headed to OKC.
Texas and Florida State are scoreless after an inning and a half. The Longhorns took last night's series opener... A Texas-sized home-run blast by Karina Scott gives the Longhorns a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth... A double to the wall and an FSU error give Texas a second run... Longhorns' lead up to 4-0 in top of the sixth... Texas pitcher Blaire Luna takes no-hitter into bottom of seventh, as Horns seek to close out FSU and make it to WCWS... One out...Two out... Strike-out swinging ends the game... Texas makes first WCWS since 2006 (first time of post-Cat Osterman era).
Arizona State tries to close out Kentucky later this afternoon.... The game is now well underway, with the Sun Devils batting in the top of the third, leading 2-1... ASU finishes off Kentucky 5-2 to advance to the World Series.