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Friday, May 22, 2015

2015 Super-Regionals Tracker (Friday)

Below is today's version of the tracker chart that I introduced yesterday.

A wild one featuring Louisiana-Lafayette at Auburn is going to extra innings. The Ragin' Cajuns seemingly had this super-regional opener wrapped up, leading 10-5 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, with Auburn having two runners on. However, four walks, a Tiger runner being awarded first base because a ULL relief pitcher exceeded the legal limit of warm-up pitches, and then another walk have tied the game 10-10. Cajun pitchers weren't just walking batters; they weren't even coming close to home plate on most pitches. An Auburn hitter popped out to end the inning and I'm kind of shocked she swung at all... ULL regains the lead, 11-10, in the top of the eighth on a wild pitch, with runners now at first and second with two outs... The Cajuns are retired with no further scoring... Auburn threatening in the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second with no out. After a walk, the ULL shortstop makes a nice play to get a glove on an Auburn grounder up the middle, but can't get the runner going to second or the batter going to first... A Tiger double ties the game 11-11, with runners at second and third and no outs... A strikeout for the first out... Runner from third beats the throw home on a grounder to second. Auburn wins 12-11. The throw was high and it appears from the replay that the catcher may have taken her foot off the plate.

Florida State, looking to tie its series with Tennessee at 1-1, leads 5-1 in the bottom (Seminole) half of the fifth... The Seminoles close it out, 6-1, setting up a deciding Game 3.

FSU-Tennessee Game 3: Tennessee shot to the wall drives home baserunner for game's first run... Vols string together another run, in bottom of fourth, increasing their lead to 2-0... Seminoles cut deficit to 2-1 in top of fifth... Same score as FSU up in top of sixth... And that's how it ends, 2-1 Tennessee to send the Vols to the WCWS.

Softballs are flying out of Michigan's Alumni Field. Georgia homered twice in the bottom of the first (the initial one coming after a hit-by-pitch) and the Wolverines have recorded a round-tripper of their own in the top of the second. Bulldogs lead 3-1... Wolverines rally for two runs on three singles and a sac-fly to tie game 3-3 in the top of the third... UM goes up 4-3 in the top of the fourth on (you guessed it) a homer... The Wolverines open up some daylight (without benefit of any home runs), leading 6-3 as the Bulldogs come to bat in the bottom of the fifth... Fast-forwarding to the bottom of the sixth, Georgia gets runners on second and third with no outs, but scores only one run (another runner, trying to score from third on a grounder to the pitcher, is thrown out). Michigan comes up in top of seventh, leading 6-4... Wolverines three outs away from trip to WCWS, leading 7-4... The homer parade isn't over, as Georgia belts a two-out, two-run dinger to center to close within 7-6... Line-drive single to center puts tying run on base... Pitching change for Michigan? You "Betsa," to replace Haylie Wagner... Pop-up to second-baseperson, Michigan to the World Series for the 11th time overall, but only the third time since winning it all in 2005.

Alabama has taken a 1-0 lead over Oklahoma, putting together a pair of doubles in the bottom of the first... A solo homer in the top of the third ups the Tide's lead to 2-0... Top 6: Callie Parsons, leading off, gets Sooners' first hit (a single), then Lauren Chamberlain does what she does best, homering to tie score at 2-2... Walk and beat-out bunt give Sooners two on and still no out... Another bunt advances runners to second and third, batter retired... Deep sac-fly gives OU 3-2 lead, other runner to third... Kady Self whacks one high off the left-field foul-pole (or if you prefer, "fair pole") making it 5-2 Sooners... OU survives a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the seventh to win 5-2.

North Carolina State is making a lead-off homer in the first by Renada Davis hold up, leading Oregon 1-0 in the top of the fourth... NC State nearly escapes bases-loaded, no-out situation in bottom of fourth, getting two harmless outs, but then floodgates open and now it's 4-1 Ducks... Oregon cruises from there to 6-1 victory.

TeamsGame 1Game 2Game 3
Kentucky at Florida (1)***

 NC State at Oregon (2)**Oregon

Georgia (14) at Michigan (3)*MichiganMichigan---
LA-Lafayette (13) at Auburn (4)**Auburn

Arizona (12) at LSU (5)***

Oklahoma (11) at Alabama (6)**Oklahoma

Missouri (10) at UCLA (7)***

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.