Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Game 2 Oklahoma vs. Tennessee Final Series

Game 2 is about to start. Both teams are starting different pitchers tonight -- Ivy Renfroe for Tennessee and Michelle Gascoigne for Oklahoma -- than last night.

The scoring gets underway much earlier tonight. Keilani Ricketts belts three-run homer in top of third to put Sooners on top...Ivy Renfroe yanked in favor of sister Ellen...

A Lauren Chamberlain triple leads to another OU run in the top of the seventh... Vols now down to their final three outs...

Bottom of the seventh for Tennessee goes uneventfully. Sooners win game 4-0 to capture national championship!

Monday, June 03, 2013

Game 1 Tennessee vs. Oklahoma Final Series

Game 1 of the two-out-of-three championship series is underway. OU's Keilani Ricketts has struck out the side in top of the first... Ellen Renfroe is starting in the circle for Tennessee. Ellen pitched the final 2 1/3 innings yesterday in the Vols' win over Texas, taking over for her sister Ivy...

We get the first hit of the game in the bottom of the third, but still no runs. The Sooners' Lauren Chamberlain doubles to the wall in left field with a runner on first and two outs, and OU coach Patty Gasso gives the runner the stop sign. It definitely would have been a close play at the plate...

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. That may be what Tennessee is thinking. Ricketts, a power-hitter, bunts for a base hit in the bottom of the fourth. Then she steals second! OU threatening again with runners on first and second and two outs...Tennessee snares a hard liner to third, ending the threat...

Vols draw walk to lead off top of fifth, ending Ricketts's perfect game... Runner picked-off at first... Ricketts walks next two batters, as well. Runners on first and second... OU turns two on grounder to Ricketts, ending Tennessee half of inning...

Hannah Akamine singles for Tennessee to lead off top of sixth, breaking up Ricketts's no-hitter...No scoring for the Vols, though...

Still scoreless as Tennessee comes up in the top of the seventh... Vols done, Sooners coming up with a chance for a walk-off win... Going to extras!

Tennessee gets lead-off hitter on base in top of eighth, as OU shortstop bobbles grounder. Bunted over to second... Next batter walks... After falling behind 3-1 on next batter, Ricketts rebounds to get strikeout... Soft liner to short ends half-inning for the Vols... Good defense across the Tennessee infield retires OU...

Vols go quietly in top of ninth...Lead-off single to left for Sooners in bottom of ninth... Runner bunted to second and throw to first not handled, so OU has first and second with no outs, Ricketts up... Keilani K'd, one out... Wild pitch, runners to second and third... Intentional walk to load bases... Jessica Shults up... First two pitches outside and in the dirt, putting Vols in danger of walking in winning run... Force at home, bases still loaded, two outs... Strikeout to end ninth...

Lead-off batter walks for Vols to open 10th inning...Runner forced out at second on infield grounder; bobble prevents possible double-play for Oklahoma... Tennessee steals second... Grounder to pitcher produces second out, but Vols runner advances to third... OU issues intentional walk to put runners on first and third... Tory Lewis, with two strikeouts already on the evening, comes to bat... Make it three strikeouts, as Tennessee retired... Brianna Turang singles up middle with one out for OU, Chamberlain up... Fly out to shallow left, Turang can't tag up... But she steals second, anyway... Vols can't catch foul pop; will it come back to haunt them... No. Inning ends on infield pop-up...

With one out for Tennessee in 11th, OU can't field a high-bouncer near home, putting a runner on first... Lauren Gibson hits hard shot to center, which Destinee Martinez can't quite catch. Runners on first and second... Three-run homer by Madison Shipman for Tennessee! Sooners come up needing runs... With one out, a dropped pop-up in shallow right puts Ricketts on second... Brittany Williams doubles to right-center-field gap, Ricketts scores, making it 3-1... Ground out to first, runner advances to third, two outs now... Martinez triples over center-fielder's head, making it 3-2... Callie Parsons hits ball to left-center gap, tying game. However, Parsons out trying to stretch double to triple, ending inning...

Vol 12th uneventful... OU coming up... Turang leads off with a bouncer down third-base line that turns into a double... Chamberlain hits game-winning homer over left-field foul pole! 5-3 Sooners.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Sunday at the WCWS (2013)

Sunday's action is underway, with Texas leading Florida 3-0 after five innings. The loser is eliminated. The Gators have been getting runners on base, but haven't been able to get the key hit against Blaire Luna... Texas completes the 3-0 victory, eliminating Florida.

Texas moves on to take on Tennessee in the evening session. A Vols win will put them in the championship series, whereas the Longhorns will have to beat the currently undefeated Vols twice (once today and once tomorrow) to advance...

The next game will also pit a pair of one-loss teams -- Washington and Michigan -- against each other... The Huskies take it, 4-1. They'll next face Oklahoma. One win by the Sooners will send them to the championship series, whereas U-Dub would have to beat Oklahoma twice.

A Lauren Gibson blast gives Tennessee a first-inning 1-0 lead over Texas...Vols bring 2-0 lead into bottom of seventh... Texas leads off inning with homer, cutting deficit to 2-1... But that's all the Horns get, as Vols advance to title series.

Next up, Oklahoma vs. Washington... Sooners take 4-0 lead into bottom of fifth, but Huskies score a pair to cut deficit to 4-2. OU now up in the top of the sixth... The Sooners close it out, 6-2...

Oklahoma vs. Tennessee in a two-out-of-three series for the national championship, starting Monday night.

The following chart shows how the teams stand at the moment, with regard to losses. I will update the chart throughout the day. (Teams that have qualified for the championship series are asterisked.)

No LossesOne LossTwo Losses (Gone)
Oklahoma*

Tennessee*


TexasTexas

FloridaFlorida

WashingtonWashington

MichiganMichigan


Nebraska


Arizona State
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Saturday, June 01, 2013

Severe Weather Rearranges Friday/Saturday Schedule

Heavy rains and another round of tornado activity in the Oklahoma City area forced cancellation of Friday night's action at the Women's College World Series. Our thoughts are with the people of the area.

The two winners' bracket games from Friday -- Tennessee vs. Washington and Oklahoma vs. Texas -- have been moved to Saturday afternoon. These games will be followed by two losers' bracket (elimination) games: Florida vs. Nebraska and Arizona State vs. Michigan.

At the end of Saturday's play, therefore, we will have two undefeated teams, four teams with one loss each, and two teams eliminated with two losses. To keep track of all this, I am providing one of my handy-dandy charts below, which I will continually update...

Tennessee has edged Washington 1-0 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh. The Vols left 13 runners on base during the game...

Texas scores two on Oklahoma in the top of the third... The Sooners see the Longhorns' two and raise them another four in the bottom half. In other words, it's 6-2 OU. Two defensive miscues hurt the Horns: failure to hold onto the ball on a tag at the plate gives OU its third run, and then a "bunt-homer" when Texas pitcher Kim Bruins throws ball past not only the first-baseperson, but also the right-fielder, gives Sooners three more runs... Texas removal of starter Blaire Luna due to giving up walks inviting a lot of scrutiny... Oklahoma wins via run-rule 10-2.

Nebraska, losing 6-2 after five in an elimination game against Florida, won't go easily. The Cornhuskers have come up with one run in the sixth and three in the seventh to force extra innings... This game will not end! It's 7-7 in the 12th inning... It finally ends, with Florida prevailing 9-8 in 15 innings.

Arizona State and Michigan will be starting their elimination game close to midnight local (Central) time... Sierra Romero two-run homer gives Michigan 2-0 lead in top of third... At 2:30 in the morning Sunday, this amazing day of softball comes to an end. Michigan and ASU put zeroes on the scoreboard the rest of the way, giving the Wolverines the 2-0 victory.

No LossesOne LossTwo Losses (Gone)
Oklahoma

TexasTexas
Tennessee

WashingtonWashington

Florida

NebraskaNebraska

Arizona StateArizona State

Michigan
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