Alabama notched its second straight one-run victory over Nebraska -- today by a score of 2-1 -- to advance to the Women's College World Series.
A day after putting 17 runs on the board to take Game 1 of its super-regional series with Florida State, Michigan experienced a dramatic reduction in its offensive output. The Wolverines lost Game 2 by a 6-0 score. FSU than took the decider, 4-2, on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh. The Wolverines outhit the Seminoles in Game 3, 10-7, but Michigan's downfall was the 12 runners it left on base.
Baylor dominated Georgia in the teams' series opener, winning 9-1 in a run-ruled six-inning affair. Michigan's experience can serve as a lesson to the Bears that, no matter how convincingly you win Game 1, a win in the series is not guaranteed. One big difference, however, is that Michigan did not have a pitcher as overpowering as Baylor's Whitney Canion, who allowed only two hits to Georgia.
The same lesson goes for Oklahoma, which routed Tennessee 8-1 in a rain-delayed Game 1. This series, of course, presents a rematch of last year's WCWS championship round, which was captured by the Sooners.
|Teams||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3|
|Minnesota (16) at Oregon (1)***|
|Nebraska at Alabama (2)*||Alabama||Alabama|
|Kentucky (14) at UCLA (3)***|
|Baylor (13) at Georgia (4)**||Baylor|
|Washington (12) at Florida (5)***|
|Arizona (11) at Louisiana-Laf (6)**||ULL|
|Tennessee (10) at Oklahoma (7)**||OU|
|Michigan at Florida St. (8)*||Michigan||FSU||FSU|
**Game 1 Friday, Games 2 and (if necessary) 3 on Saturday.
***Game 1 Saturday, Games 2 and (if necessary) 3 on Sunday.
+Delayed one day due to rain-out.