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Thursday, May 28, 2015

2015 WCWS Day 1

TENNESSEE-FLORIDA: Gator pitcher Lauren Haeger homers in bottom of the first, her 17th blast of the season, to make it 1-0... Vols avoid further damage, as UF leaves bases loaded... Gators again leave bases loaded in second... UF coming up in the bottom of the sixth, leading 5-2. As the score indicates, Haeger's long shutout-innings streak is over... Final: Florida 7, Tennessee 2.

LSU-AUBURN: The purple-and-gold is off to an early 1-0 lead on a Bianka Bell homer... LSU leads 6-1 as Auburn bats in the bottom of the seventh... Auburn gets its first two batters on base; does it have another comeback a la the super-regional opener vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in store? No. A double-play on a grounder to third and then a strikeout give LSU the easy win.

ALABAMA-MICHIGAN: Kelly Christner homers in the bottom of the first to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead... The Crimson Tide gets a single with one out in the top of the fourth, its first hit of the game... Lauren Sweet belts grand slam to make it 5-0 Wolverines, bottom four...(Many bloggers and tweeters are using the "How Sweet It Is," line, as I initially had. ESPN's Beth Mowins is a little more clever, declaring that the UM catcher had found the "sweet spot" with her bat.)... 5-0 is the final score.

UCLA-OREGON: No score after one complete. The Ducks had a runner thrown out trying to advance to third in the home half. While sitting in the dugout during her team's at-bats, UO pitcher Cheridan Hawkins was hit in the back of the head by a foul ball that ricocheted off the back wall of the dugout, but she comes out to pitch the top of the second.... UCLA gets solo shots by Stephany LaRosa (here and here) and Gabrielle Maurice (here) to go up 2-0, heading to the Duck half of the second...  After a rain/lightning delay, the Bruins win 7-1 to close out a day of all blowouts.