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Sunday, May 24, 2015

2015 Super-Regional Tracker (Sunday)

Florida, leading one game to none in its series vs. Kentucky, also leads by a score of 1-0, as the Wildcats come up in the bottom of the seventh for their last chance to prolong the series... Florida advances on the strength of pitcher Lauren Haeger's 29 straight scoreless innings in the tournament (as pointed out in an ESPN graphic)...

Missouri began the bottom of the first with four straight singles, but only scored one run. UCLA has now taken over the game, leading 6-1 as the Tigers bat in the bottom of the third... Bruins come up in top of seventh, leading 10-5 after Mizzou leaves bases loaded... UCLA 10, Missouri 6 is your final from Los Angeles; Bruins on to 25th WCWS appearance...

I'm sure I speak for everyone in the college-softball community in wishing Missouri pitcher Tori Finucane the best, after she was hit by a line-drive in what looked like the mouth area. Here is a posting from Mizzou's Twitter page... Update from Mizzou Twitter is cautiously positive... Finucane has now been released from UCLA Medical Center.

LSU leads Arizona 4-2 after a pair of innings... Tigers up lead to 6-2 in top of third, but LSU center- and left-fielders get tangled up on deep fly in bottom half of inning, leading to triple; runner later scores, cutting LSU lead to 6-3 after three... LSU adds two in the top of the fourth, making it 8-3... Back-to-back strikeouts by LSU reliever Carley Hoover quells Arizona rally in bottom of fifth, but Wildcats get two, cutting Tiger lead to 8-5... LSU adds two insurance runs in the top of the seventh, making it 10-5. U of A down to its final at-bats... Relatively uneventful bottom of the seventh (one Arizona hit) and LSU is heading to the WCWS.

All of the top eight seeds have made it to OKC! That includes five teams from the SEC.

TeamsGame 1Game 2Game 3
Kentucky at Florida (1)***FloridaFlorida---
 NC State at Oregon (2)**OregonOregon---
Georgia (14) at Michigan (3)*MichiganMichigan---
LA-Lafayette (13) at Auburn (4)**AuburnAuburn---
Arizona (12) at LSU (5)***LSULSU---
Oklahoma (11) at Alabama (6)**OklahomaAlabamaAlabama
Missouri (10) at UCLA (7)***UCLAUCLA---
Florida State (9) at Tennessee (8)*TennesseeFlorida StateTennessee
*Game 1 Thursday, Games 2 and (if necessary) 3 on Friday.
**Game 1 Friday, Games 2 and (if necessary) 3 on Saturday. 
***Game 1 Saturday, Games 2 and (if necessary) 3 on Sunday.