Tuesday, June 06, 2017

WCWS Finals Game 2 (2017)

Getting ready for Game 2 between Florida and Oklahoma... Last night, OU played the wild-card with its starting pitcher, opting for usual closer Paige Lowary... Tonight, Florida's making an even bolder move, starting Aleshia Ocasio, who has pitched only five innings (herehere, and here) since April 30 (I misheard what the ESPN announcers initially said, leading me to think Ocasio had pitched very few innings all season; my apologies). In her first two years at UF (2015 and 2016), Ocasio pitched 136 and 146.1 innings, with ERA's of 2.01 and 0.77, respectively. However, with the emergence of Kelly Barnhill and Delanie Gourley in the circle for Florida, Ocasio has been playing mostly at third base this season...  The Sooners are the home team tonight...

TOP 1 -- Lead-off walk to Amanda Lorenz... Bunted to second... Pop-up for second out... Another walk... Soft liner to first, Shay Knighten fields on a bounce and steps on bag for third out...

BOTTOM 1 -- Nicole Mendes with lead-off homer off of Ocasio... 1-0 Sooners... Hard single to right... Force at second, and ground-out, give Sooners runner at second with two out... Infield interference by OU runner for third out...

TOP 2 -- Sophia Reynoso goes deep to tie game for Florida, 1-1... After two retired, Justine McLean doubles on flare just beyond third base... Lorenz up... ...and she walks... Nicole DeWitt singles to load bases... Ocasio coming up... With 3-2 count, Ocasio nails hard single to right, just eluding Knighten's mitt; 2-1 Florida, bases still loaded... OU takes out starting pitcher Paige Parker and, like Florida, brings in a fresh arm in Mariah Lopez... HBP to Kayli Kvistad, 3-1 Gators... Janell Wheaton with long foul-out down left-field line, to end inning...

BOTTOM 2 -- One-out single for Macey Hatfield... Followed by walk... Kelsey Arnold coming up for OU... Chopper in front of home loads bases, as Gators can't do anything with it... Mendes coming up... Gourley replacing Ocasio in the circle (Ocasio moves over to third base)... K for second out... Caleigh Clifton walks on 3-2 count, cutting Florida lead to 3-2... Knighten doubles to wall in right-center, clearing bases and making it 5-3 Sooners... Fale Aviu with infield single to third, which Ocasio can barely get glove on... Runners on the corners... With Pendley at bat, Aviu takes second as Gators not paying close attention on throw from catcher back to pitcher... Pendley flies out to right, ending inning...

TOP 3 -- Chelsea Herndon with two-out solo shot to center to cut Sooners' lead to 5-4... Nothing further for Gators...

BOTTOM 3 -- Sooners go quietly...

TOP 4 -- Deep fly-outs for first two Gator outs... K to close out the half-inning...

BOTTOM 4 -- Two-out single on flare to right by Caleigh Clifton... Knighten coming up... Knighten is human, after all, as she strikes out...

TOP 5 -- Another pitching shocker: Mendes, with only 17.2 innings pitched on the season, takes the circle for OU... Pop-up for first out... Grounder to third for second out... And grounder to third to end half-inning...

BOTTOM 5 -- One-out single to left by Pendley for OU... Kvistad snares low liner in the air at first, steps on bag for double play to end inning...

TOP 6 -- Line single to left by Florida's Jordan Roberts leads things off... OU goes to Paige Lowary to pitch... Ground-out on ball between first and second allows runner to get to second... Lowary still maintaining  mph velocities in the low 70s, despite heavy pitching in Game 1 (10.1 innings, 139 pitches)... Flare to left caught, as outfielder playing very shallow... Lorenz up with two outs... Big K for Lowary...

BOTTOM 6 -- An error puts one on, and she steals second, but no scoring...

TOP 7 -- Florida goes quietly (K, K, ground-out) and OU wins the Women's College World Series...

With nine runs scored in first two-and-one-half innings tonight (in the form of a 5-4 Sooner lead) and with a bunch of tired pitching arms from last night's 17-inning marathon, one might have expected the scoring to continue. But there were no runs scored in the final four innings tonight... OU now has won three of the last five WCWS titles (2013, 2016, and 2017), with Florida capturing the other two (2014 and 2015)...

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Monday, June 05, 2017

WCWS Finals Game 1 (2017)

Game 1 between Florida and Oklahoma will be starting momentarily. As we noted yesterday, we are guaranteed that, for the fifth year in a row, the champion will be either Florida (2014 and 2015 champions) or Oklahoma (2013 and 2016 champions). Florida will be the home team in tonight's opener...

TOP 1 -- Florida's Kelly Barnhill easily retires the Sooners, including two strikeouts.

BOTTOM 1 -- Paige Lowary, OU's fireball-throwing closer (approaching 75 mph on her pitches), is the surprise starter... Gators down in order...

TOP 2 -- Uneventful again...

BOTTOM 2 -- Interesting explanation by ESPN announcers of Sooners' defensive shift when Gators send up certain right-handed hitters. Basically, OU goes without a left-fielder, bringing her into the infield. Three infielders play to the right of second base and two play to the left of it... UF retired on three grounders...

TOP 3 -- Still no baserunners...

BOTTOM 3 -- With two outs, we have our first baserunner, as the Gators' Justine McLean beats out a short chopper... Nothing comes of it, as OU shortstop Kelsey Arnold makes nice grab of foul pop-up near grandstand...

TOP 4 -- Barnhill strikes out the side, raising her number of K's tonight to 7...

BOTTOM 4 -- Nicole DeWitt doubles off the wall in right-center for Florida with one out... A strikeout, Lowary's first of the evening, for the second out... Aleshia Ocasio with hard single up the middle, driving in DeWitt for 1-0 Gator lead. Ocasio to second on throw home... Another K...

TOP 5 -- Nicole Pendley with one-out double to wall in right-center, for Sooners' first hit... Sydney Romero singles to center to tie the game, 1-1... Popped bunt and strikeout end the half-inning...

BOTTOM 5 -- Three up, three down...

TOP 6 -- Nicole Mendes drives ball into right-field stands for 2-1 OU lead, with one out... No further scoring...

BOTTOM 6 -- Paige Parker out to pitch for Sooners... K on check-swing that was ruled a swing... Another K, swinging... DeWitt pops to 2B-person in shallow right...

TOP 7 -- Fale Aviu with lead-off single to left for OU... Nothing comes of it...

BOTTOM 7 -- Gators down to final three outs... Lead-off walk for Florida on 3-2 count... Force at second for first out... Pop to short for second out... Sophia Reynoso, also on 3-2 pitch, lofts shallow fly to left-center; outfielders, playing deep, can't quite get to it, bringing in tying run (2-2). Reynoso on second... Inning over, going to extras...

TOP 8 -- Delanie Gourley out to pitch for UF... Two grounders to short and a strikeout to end the half-inning...

BOTTOM 8 -- With one out, Amanda Lorenz drives ball deep to right for hit, but thrown out trying to stretch single into double. Two outs... Walk... K to end inning...

TOP 9 -- Lead-off hitter grounds out; throw was a little away from bag, but caught by 1B-person, who gets tangled with batter, and ump rules tag was applied... Next two batters also retired...

BOTTOM 9 -- Nothing doing...

TOP 10 -- Nothing doing...

BOTTOM 10 -- Two-out single for Gators... Pop-up ends inning...

TOP 11 -- With one out, OU's Arnold gets to first on dropped third-strike... Nothing comes of it...

BOTTOM 11 -- With one out, DeWitt's hard grounder ricochets off OU 1B-person for error... K looking at 3-2 pitch for second out... Fly to center ends inning...

TOP 12 -- Shay Knighten with lead-off double down left-field line... Aviu with two-run blast to right, 4-2 Sooners... Nothing further...

BOTTOM 12 -- Florida gets lead-off walk... Reynoso launches flare to right, just eluding OU 2B-person's glove... First and second with none out... Popped bunt for first out... K for second out... The dangerous Lorenz coming up... Lowary, the starting pitcher, coming back in... Lorenz doubles to wall in left-center, driving home two. Tied 4-4... Lorenz to third on throw home... Ground-out to third ends inning... We keep going!

TOP 13 -- Nothing going on...

BOTTOM 14 -- Zilch...

TOP 14 -- Bupkis...

BOTTOM 14 -- Nada...

TOP 15 -- Romero with a one-out single for OU... Two-out HBP gives Sooners runners on first and second. Per ESPN announcers, this is first free base (walk or HBP) allowed by Florida... Gourley has pitch slip out of hand, advancing runners a base each (at-bat ends up in a walk, anyway)... Bases loaded for Mendes... Force at third on grounder ends threat...

BOTTOM 15 -- Lead-off walk for Gators... Lorenz up... Hits perfect double-play ball, grounder to SS who steps on second and then throws to first... K to end inning...

TOP 16 -- Caleigh Clifton lines a double to the wall in left-center for OU... With a 2-0 count on Knighten, Gators bring back starting pitcher Barnhill... Knighten walks... Aviu gives another ball a good ride, but caught in right-center. Both runners tag-up and advance to second and third... Pendley draws what Jessica Mendoza calls an "unintentional, intentional walk"... Up comes Romero with bases loaded... Force at home on grounder to first, for second out... PH Kylie Lundberg at the plate... Strikeout... Sooners have no hits tonight with two outs...

BOTTOM 16 -- Janell Wheaton flares a one-out single to right for Gators... Traditional 6-4-3 double-play ends inning...

TOP 17 -- Two-out single, Sooners' first hit of any kind with two outs... HBP to next batter... "Knight-en Shining Armor" with three-run blast to left-field stands... 7-4 Sooners... Ground-out to end half-inning...

BOTTOM 17 -- Lead-off batter aboard on dribbler toward first that Lowary bobbles. Ruled a hit... Grounder to right finds it way through to outfield. Gators will runners on first and second, none out... Chelsea Herndon at the plate... Fielder's choice at second, but Herndon beats throw to first to avoid yet another double-play... McLean coming up (with Lorenz on-deck)... McLean beats out chopper to short... Lorenz up with bases loaded and one out... 0-2 on Lorenz... Lorenz sac-fly to center scores one (7-5 Sooners)... OU makes smart decision to throw to third, not home, keeping other runners on first and second... Kayli Kvistad up... 1-2 count... Strikeout swinging... The game that wouldn't end, ends! Good night folks!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

WCWS Day 4 (2017)

Florida is on to the championship round, having eliminated Washington by a 5-2 score.

Oregon and Oklahoma are now playing, with the Sooners needing to beat the Ducks just once to advance, whereas Oregon would need to defeat Oklahoma twice... Even though Oklahoma is well-known as "OU" and Oregon as "UO," I'll refrain from using these abbreviations to avoid confusion... Game is scoreless, bottom 2, but the Sooners are threatening with runners at the corners and two outs... Grounder near second base leads to easy force-out to retire Oklahoma... Lauren Lindvall leads off top of third with double for Ducks, but popped-up bunt, fly-out, and short bloop caught by pitcher Paige Parker quickly ends half-inning... Single and stolen base give Ducks runner on second with one out, top 4... Infield pop for second out... Fly-out ends half-inning... Top 5: Danica Mercado drills two-run homer to right, making it 2-0 Ducks... Oklahoma lead-off batter in bottom half bunts, ends up on second after errant throw to first. Ball looked like it probably was foul, rolling back behind first-base foul-line... Single puts runners at the corners, none out... Runner on first "steals" second on "defensive indifference"... Grounder to short, ill-advised throw home to try to get runner from third. Not close, and runner gets to first... 2-1 Ducks... Runners bunted to second and third, one out... Shay Knighten bloop single to right scores both runners, 3-2 Sooners... Knighten steals second on very close play... Infield pop for second out... Nicole Pendley belts double to the wall in right, scoring Knighten, now 4-2 Oklahoma... Miranda Elish (rhymes with relish) replacing Megan Kleist in the circle for Oregon... Ground-out ends Oklahoma rally... Ducks go down without a quack in top 6... Nothing for Sooners in bottom half, either... Oregon coming up for last stand in top of seventh... Sooners bring in reliever Paige Lowary, she of the fastball approaching 75 mph, to start off seventh... Grounder to short for first out... Grounder to second for second out... Fly to center ends it, 4-2 Oklahoma...

Sooners advance to championship round vs. Florida, a two-out-of-three series beginning Monday night... We are guaranteed that for fifth straight year, the national champion will be either Oklahoma (which won it in 2013 and 2016) or Florida (which won it in 2014 and 2015)... Short day today, as neither Washington nor Oregon could force an extra game against their respective opponents...

Saturday, June 03, 2017

WCWS Day 3 (2017)

"Survival Saturday" it's called, and the concept is simple: You lose today and you're done for the season. The first two games (Texas A&M-UCLA and Oregon-Baylor) involve teams who lost their opening WCWS games on Thursday. Each survivor of an early Saturday game will play again later today, against one of the Friday losers (LSU or Washington). To help follow the action, I have the following chart. Commentary on each of today's games will appear below the chart.

No LossesOne LossTwo Losses (Gone)
FloridaTexas A&MTexas A&M
OklahomaUCLAUCLA

Oregon

BaylorBaylor

LSULSU

Washington






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Texas A&M is the first team going home, after its 8-2 loss to UCLA. The Bruins will face Washington sometime later today...

Oregon leads Baylor 2-0 in today's second game, which is currently in a rain delay , with Baylor scheduled to be batting in the bottom of the second. The Ducks seem to be coping OK... It's now 3:45 pm Central and the game is set to resume in about five minutes... Oregon adds two runs in top of third, Baylor scoreless in bottom half, so it's 4-0 Ducks... ESPN graphic shows that Baylor's 3-4-5 hitters (Ari Hawkins, Shelby Friudenberg, and Shelby McGlaun) were collectively 0-12 in the WCWS, prior to last inning (now 0-13)... Baylor batting in bottom of the fifth, now trailing 5-0... HBP and bobbled grounder put Bears on first and second with none out (ruled an infield hit)... Oregon fielding follies continue -- throw to third on infield grounder, attempting to get force on leader runner, goes awry. Baylor scores (cutting Oregon lead to 5-1) and ends up with runners on second and third... Grounder retires batter for first out, but runners advance, scoring second Baylor run (5-2 Oregon) and bringing runner to third... Single makes it 5-3... Hawkins bunts (apparently trying for base hit); thrown out at first, but advances runner to second...  Friudenberg gets first hit for "big three" in line-up, with sharp single to center. Runner scores from second, making it 5-4 Ducks... McGlaun strike-out ends inning... Two-out triple for Jenna Lilley, top 6, as Ducks seek insurance run... Oregon retired without scoring... Same for Baylor in sixth inning... Top 7: Ducks' lead-off batter reaches first on throwing error, bunted to second, singled to third... HBP loads bases with one out... Mia Camuso doubles to wall in left-center, bringing in two, to give Oregon 7-4 lead. Ducks with runners on second and third, just one out... K for second out... Short pop-up ends half-inning... Baylor coming up in bottom of seventh... Walk, single, and single load bases for Baylor, with no outs... Hawkins coming up. Tying run on base, winning run at the plate. Oregon pitching change: Maggie Balint out, Megan Kleist in... Hawkins down on called third strike (may have been a little low)... Friudenberg up with one out... Strikes out swinging, for second out... McGlaun is Baylor's last stand... Grounds out to pitcher... Final score: Oregon 7, Baylor 4... Bears eliminated... Ducks to play LSU late tonight...

UCLA and Washington underway, with Huskies batting in top of second, scoreless. U-Dub got lead-off runner on, bunted to second (one out)... Chopper to short, runner tagged out in rundown between second and third. Batter gets to first on fielder's choice, two down... K ends half-inning... More good D: Huskies' LF makes running catch in bottom of second... Bruin SS Delaney Spaulding makes another big defensive play, top 3. Lead-off single and passed-ball give U-Dub runner on second. Spaulding snares hard chopper, throws runner out at third. Huskies go quietly to end half-inning... Bruins go quietly in bottom of third, still scoreless... Top 4: Washington again gets lead-off hitter on first, but thrown out stealing... Bottom 4: UCLA gets lead-off walk, bunted to second (one out)... Runner to third on wild-pitch/passed-ball... K for second out... Rachel Garcia intentionally walked... Gabrielle Maurice, involved in controversial home-plate collision earlier today vs. Texas A&M, now trying to drive in run(s) for UCLA... Nice catch by Husky 3B-person on hard liner to end Bruin threat... U-Dub down quietly in top of fifth... In bottom half, UCLA gets two-out double to wall in right-center by Zoe Shaw... Spaulding strikes out (third time in this game) to end threat... Ali Aguilar leads off top of sixth for Washington with deep homer to right-field, not merely over outfield fence, but (apparently) over back fence of stadium... 1-0 Huskies... Bruins coming up, bottom 6, needing a run to tie the game... Two-out walk keeps UCLA at-bats going... Ground-out ends inning... Going to the seventh... Nothing doing for Washington, UCLA needs at least a run to stick around... Ground-out to deep short for first out... Nice catch out in right-center of UCLA flare, two out... Fly-out to deep center ends it... 1-0 Washington... Bruins eliminated...

Oregon's Gwen Svekis goes deep to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead over LSU, bottom 1... Shannon Rhodes adds a two-out double down the left-field line for Oregon... But K ends threat... LSU's Shemiah Sanchez goes solo to cut Ducks' lead in half, 2-1, top 2... Ducks add a run in the bottom of the third to make it 3-1, but leave the bases loaded with two outs... In the fourth, LSU failed to score on a first-and-third situation with one out, and Oregon did likewise with a runner on third with one out... Still 3-1 Oregon... Bottom 5: Two-out single, just eluding LSU 3B-person's glove, drives in Oregon run to increase lead to 4-1. Batter to second on throw home... Grounder to short; SS holds runner on second, but doesn't have time to throw to first, now two on... Ground-out ends Duck threat... Oregon wins 4-1, as last couple of innings go uneventfully... LSU eliminated...

On Sunday, Washington will be matched up with Florida. The Gators only need one win to advance to the championship round, whereas the Huskies must beat UF twice... Oregon is matched up with Oklahoma, with the Sooners needing only one win and the Ducks, two...

Friday, June 02, 2017

WCWS Day 2 (2017)

Two games today, both winners' bracket match-ups.

In the opener, Florida and LSU are scoreless, with the Tigers batting in the bottom of the third... A walk, HBP, and double give the Gators a 2-0 lead, top 4... With two out, LSU botches play at first after grounder to pitcher. Batter safe, but when UF runner from second tries to score, she's thrown out at plate, ending half-inning. Replay suggests runner's hand might have gotten to plate before tag, but there are no replay appeals... Not much drama the rest of the way, as Florida wins 7-0...

Oklahoma and Washington just underway, with the Huskies the home team... Top 2: Oklahoma scores runner from third on two-out bunt, giving Sooners 1-0 lead. Sure looks to me like OU runner went out of the baseline to get around catcher... Infield hit loads bases for Oklahoma... Force out at second ends Sooner threat... OU adds two singles to a U-Dub error in the top of the fifth, making it 2-0 Sooners... Teams trade solo homers in the sixth --  Sydney Romero for OU in the top half, Ali Aguilar for UW in the bottom half -- yielding a 3-1 Sooner lead heading to the seventh... Huskies get a runner on in bottom half, but OU "turns the Paige" (from Parker to Lowary) to stymie UW. Lowary, hitting 74 mph on some of her pitches, gets final two outs of 3-1 OU victory.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

WCWS Day 1 (2017)

Today features four opening-round games of the Women's College World Series. In three of these games, the teams are from the same conference: Florida vs. Texas A&M (both from the SEC), Oregon vs. Washington (both Pac 12), and Oklahoma vs. Baylor (both Big 12). The exception to all the intraconference play is the match-up of UCLA (Pac 12) and LSU (SEC).

Florida is threatening to blow out Texas A&M, as the Gators lead 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth, and have runners at first and second with one out... Aleshia Ocasio promptly homers, making it 8-0... That score is the final, as Florida wins in run-rule fashion...

LSU has edged UCLA, 2-1, in the second game of the day...

Washington bests Oregon, 3-1...

And in the final game of the day, Oklahoma leads Baylor, 4-1, with the Sooners batting in the bottom of the second... Sooners close it out, 6-3. Was 6-1 OU entering Baylor (top) half of seventh and shaky Sooner infield defense helped Bears score a couple of runs.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Super-Regional Tracker -- Sunday (2017)

Today, barring any weather-related issues, the super-regional tracking board will be completed and we'll have our field for the Women's College World Series. There are four decisive Game 3's today. Comments on the games are shown below the table.

TeamsGame 1Game 2Game 3
Alabama (16) at Florida (1)*AlabamaFloridaFlorida
Baylor (15) at Arizona (2)**ArizonaBaylorBaylor
Kentucky (14) at Oregon (3)**OregonOregon---
LSU (13) at Florida State (4)**FSULSULSU
Mississippi (12) at UCLA (5)*UCLAUCLA---
Utah (11) at Washington (6)**WashingtonUtahWashington
Oklahoma (10) at Auburn (7)**OklahomaOklahoma---
Texas A&M (9) at Tennessee (8)**TennesseeA&MA&M
*Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (if necessary)
**Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (if necessary). 

LSU has come back from an opening-game loss on Friday to win its super-regional, with a 6-4 decision today over Florida State. LSU's win ensures that the SEC will have three teams in the WCWS (Florida is already in, and Texas A&M and Tennessee, who are facing each other, are both from the SEC).

Talking about Texas A&M and Tennessee, the Aggies lead 4-3 after three, but the tarps are out in Knoxville during a rain delay. According to the Tennessee Twitter feed, the delay is not expected to be long... Aggies add one more run and win 5-3 to advance...

Baylor comes up with one in the top of the first at Arizona, failing to score more with runners on second and third with one out. 1-0 Baylor... After one-out intentional walk to Katiyana Mauga, Mo Mercado doubles to wall in left-center, giving Wildcats runners at second and third... Wild-pitch brings Mauga home, but Mercado rounds third too aggressively and thrown out in run-down... Two-out single keeps inning alive... But, fly-out to right ends inning for U of A... Shelby Friudenberg socks two-run homer to left to give Bears a 3-1 lead, one out, top 3; Friudenberg had RBI double in first... Shelby McGlaun doubles deep to center... K for second out... Grounder to first retires Baylor... Key at-bat for Mercado and Arizona, trailing 3-1, with two outs, bases loaded, bottom 5... High infield chopper, allowing no play for Baylor, scores run and leaves bases loaded. 3-2 Baylor... Jessie Harper singles up the middle, but only one run scores. Tied 3-3... Fly to left ends inning... Bears with a two-out threat, top 6, on back-to-back singles... Third straight single, by Kyla Walker, appears to give Baylor 4-3 lead; however, as replay clearly confirms, Baylor runner never stepped on third base en route to home plate. Inning is over and run taken off the board... Lead-off triple for Wildcats' Dejah Mulipola, as pop to shallow right eludes diving fielder ... Flare single to left gives U of A 4-3 lead... Another single gives Wildcats first and second, none out, bottom 6... Gia Rodoni in to pitch for Bears, replacing Kelsee Selman... Bunt advances runners to second and third, one out... Bunt single loads bases... Baylor's consistently been walking Mauga, but can't now, with bases loaded... Mauga flies out to center, not deep enough for runner to tag, two outs... Walk makes it 5-3 Zona... K ends inning... Baylor needs two (or more) runs or its season is over... Interesting move by Arizona, as Danille O'Toole pulled before start of seventh, replaced by Taylor McQuillin... Lead-off double to CF wall by Ari Hawkins gets Bears off to good start, top 7... The dangerous Friudenberg gets intentional pass... McGlaun homers to center, giving Baylor 6-5... Infield single for Bears; even if 2B-person fielded it cleanly, it would have been hard to get batter at first; bunted pop-up for first out... K for second out... Fly to right ends inning... Now, Arizona faces a score-or-stay-home situation... Walk, but out stealing on wild-pitch/passed-ball, leaves U of A with one down... Another walk... After Ball 1 to next batter, Baylor brings back Selman... Two outs, runners on first and second in Wildcats' last stand... Grounder to second sends Bears to WCWS...

Utah and Washington underway in their traditional late-night slot... Huskies score a run in first inning to lead 1-0, but leave runners at first and second... Washington prevails 2-1, to advance... Quite a turnaround from the 17 runs these two teams combined for in Saturday's game!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Super-Regional Tracker -- Saturday (2017)

Here is the super-regional tracking board (with links in the results area) and comments on the games below...

TeamsGame 1Game 2Game 3
Alabama (16) at Florida (1)*AlabamaFloridaFlorida
Baylor (15) at Arizona (2)**ArizonaBaylor
Kentucky (14) at Oregon (3)**OregonOregon---
LSU (13) at Florida State (4)**FSULSU
Mississippi (12) at UCLA (5)*UCLAUCLA---
Utah (11) at Washington (6)**WashingtonUtah
Oklahoma (10) at Auburn (7)**OklahomaOklahoma---
Texas A&M (9) at Tennessee (8)**TennesseeA&M
*Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (if necessary)
**Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (if necessary). 

Oklahoma closes out Auburn, 5-2, to get back to Women's College World Series... Nicole Pendley's three-run homer begins the scoring and Sooners never look back...

LSU, batting in bottom of third vs. Florida State, scores game's first run. Tigers may well get more, with runners on the corners and none out... Bases loaded... FSU's Meghan King strikes out Tiger hitting stars Sahvanna Jaquish and Bailey Landry... Seminole 1B-person drops foul pop that would have ended inning... Moot point, as fly-out to right ends inning, still 1-0... LSU again threatens in bottom of fourth (first and third, one out), but doesn't score... Florida State, with a 36-game winning streak on the line as per the ESPN graphic, bats in the top of the seventh, trailing 1-0... Nice catch by infielder on pop to shallow center for first out... K for second out... Chopper for single up the middle keeps Noles alive... Pop-up to center ends the game, forcing decisive Game 3 tomorrow... One-hit shutout for Tiger pitcher Allie Walljasper, who throws 67 strikes in 100 pitches...

Alabama-Florida Game 3: NCAA tourney scoreless streak ends for Bama pitcher Alexis Osorio, as Gators score in bottom of first on single to drive in runner from second, to lead 1-0... UF still up, runners on first and second, with one out... Walk loads bases...  Pop-up for second out... HBP drives in second UF run... Gator bunt almost drives in third run, but Osorio throws batter out at first narrowly... 2-0 Gators after 1... Two-out triple leads to Bama run in top of second; 2-1 Florida, with Gators coming up in bottom half... Crimson Tide comes up in top of seventh for final chance... Lead-off hitter gets on base via strike-out pitch that gets away from catcher... Next batter strikes out (and ball held)... Chopper to short, force-out at second for second out... Another strike-out, 12th thrown by Kelly Barnhill, ends game and sends Florida to WCWS...

Texas A&M-Tennessee Game 2: Tied 1-1, top 2... Vols with runners at first and second, and none out... Ground-out to first advances runners... K for second out... Tight play at first on grounder to short -- batter called safe, but replay shows ball may have entered 1B-person's mitt with incoming runner's foot an inch away from bag -- brings in runner from third for 2-1 Vol lead (no replay rule). Another infield hit, this time with batter clearly safe at first, brings home another, 3-1 Tennessee... Wild-pitch (or passed ball) puts runners on second and third, followed by walk to load bases... Force at home ends half-inning... A&M puts runners on first and second, with two out in bottom of second... Tennessee brings in ace Matty Moss... Ground-out to third ends inning... Vols add a run in top of fifth, now lead 4-1... Aggies get something going in bottom of fifth, as single drives in runner from second, cutting Tennessee lead to 4-2; A&M with runners on first and second and one out... Near-home run, high off the wall in center, drives in another and puts runners on second and third; 4-3 Vols... Sac-fly to left ties game 4-all (trail runner advances to third)... Double to warning track in left-center, just beyond outfielders, puts Aggies up 5-4... Another pitching change for Vols, with starter Caylan Arnold coming back in to replace Moss... Ground-out ends inning... Knotted again in Knoxville, 5-5, top 6, as shown here... Vols now with bases loaded and one out... Infield pop-up for second out... Hard grounder to 3B-person, who steps on bag to end threat... Bottom 6: Aggies retake lead, 6-5, on lead-off HBP and sharp liner to wall in left-center by Tori Vidales (only for a single)... Vols coming up, top 7, need a run or series goes to Game 3 tomorrow... Vol lead-off hitter strikes out... Grounder between short and 2B finds it way to OF for single... Bloop single to left gives Tennessee runners on first and second... Easy foul-out to first-base side for second out... Ground-out to second gives A&M the victory...

Kentucky off to 2-0 lead over Oregon in bottom of first... UK ups lead to 3-0, bottom 4, as Abbey Cheek goes deep for solo shot... UO with threat in top of fifth, runners on first and second and one out... Walk to load bases... Illegal pitch call, in which pitcher appeared to release ball after sliding forward being rubber, advances runners and brings in run... Wildcat shortstop Katie Reed makes great play to snare hard grounder up the middle and throw out batter, probably saving a run (runner from third scores, but one on second probably would have too, if ball went to outfield)... Inning ends on another nice play by Reed, snagging liner, with UK still up 3-2... Wildcats scratching for some insurance runs in bottom of sixth, with runners on second and third, and two outs... HBP loads bases... Ground single to right brings in two for Kentucky, who now leads 5-2... Strike-out ends inning... Oregon needs at least three runs in the top of the seventh, or else a Game 3 will take place tomorrow... Ducks get lead-off single to right... Bunt and ill-advised, stray throw to first puts runners on second and third, none out... Walk loads bases... Single up the middle cuts UK lead to 5-4, still none out with runners on first and second... UO bunts runners to second and third, now one out... Flare inside left-field foul-line by Mia Camuso (younger sister of former UCLA player Samantha Camuso) drives in two, Ducks take lead, 6-5... Kentucky stops Oregon with no further damage, but now Wildcats need at least a run or their season is over... Strike-out for first UK out... and another for the second out... Ground-out to third ends it... Ducks to WCWS...

Arizona-Baylor underway, with Wildcats batting, top 2, of scoreless game... Bears break through in bottom of fourth with two runs on single to center (second run scoring as fielder misplays ball)... Arizona single off right-field wall ties score, 2-2, top 5... Two-out bloop single to center puts U of A ahead 3-2, top 6... High-chopper single to left makes it 4-2... Baylor with tying runs on base (first and third) and two out in bottom of sixth... With starting ace Danielle O'Toole on in relief, infield high-chopper brings home one, as fielder doesn't even risk throw to first. 4-3 Zona... Sydney Christensen, who ESPN notes was 0-22 vs. left-handed pitchers this season, doubles to wall near left-field foul pole off of left-handed O'Toole, tying game... Taylor Ellis doubles as outfield flare just eludes Wildcat fielders, driving home two more Baylor runs, 6-4 Bears... K ends inning... Arizona down to final three outs, in trying to avoid a Game 3 tomorrow...  Lead-off single for Cats... Pop-up to 2B for first out... K for second out... Grounder to first ends it... We'll have a Game 3...

Washington-Utah also underway, likewise scoreless in top of second, with Huskies up... This game becoming a high-scoring affair early on, with Utah leading 6-4. Utes get two in second (on Kelly Martinez homer) and four in third; Huskies with four in their half of third. Julia DePonte and Morganne Flores with dingers for UW... Still bottom 3, BreOnna Castaneda's three-run blast extends Utah's lead to 9-4... Washington closes gap to 9-6, and we're only in the bottom of the fourth inning!... The late-night action finally ends with Utah holding on for a 9-8 victory, to force a Game 3 Sunday...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Super-Regional Tracker -- Friday (2017)

Here is the super-regional tracking board (with links in the results area) and comments on the games below...

TeamsGame 1Game 2Game 3
Alabama (16) at Florida (1)*AlabamaFlorida
Baylor (15) at Arizona (2)**Arizona

Kentucky (14) at Oregon (3)**Oregon
LSU (13) at Florida State (4)**FSU

Mississippi (12) at UCLA (5)*UCLAUCLA---
Utah (11) at Washington (6)**Washington

Oklahoma (10) at Auburn (7)**Oklahoma

Texas A&M (9) at Tennessee (8)**Tennessee
*Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (if necessary)
**Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (if necessary). 

Oklahoma at Auburn underway. Sooners leave bases loaded in top of first, without scoring... Auburn does the same in the bottom of the second... Oklahoma is leading 2-0, top 6, and has the bases loaded with two out... Pop to 2B ends threat... Final score is 4-0 Sooners...

Florida State leads LSU 1-0, bottom 4... After Tigers tie the game in the top of the fifth on this slide, Noles put two across in bottom of sixth; final is 3-1...

Texas A&M and Tennessee are just beginning... Vols lead 3-0 in the bottom of the third; can blow it open with bases loaded and none out... 6-0 Tennessee, still bases loaded, still none out... 8-1 Vols is the final...

Kentucky at Oregon underway... Ducks take 1-0 lead... Oregon threatening to open up some daylight, with bases loaded and none out, bottom 6... Ground-out to first advances UO runners a base each, making score 2-0... Ground-out to short brings in another run, 3-0 Ducks... (Apparent) error on grounder to short makes it 4-0... UK retired uneventfully in top 7, 4-0 is your final...

Two-run shot from Amanda Lorenz has Florida on top of Alabama, 2-0, top 3... Still 2-0 as Bama bats in bottom of seventh. Tide, down to final out, gets runner on first via grounder to short, as ump rules throw pulled 1B-person off the bag; replay shows 1B-person's foot still was on bag, but evidently no replay appeals... All moot, as next batter grounds out to pitcher... Gators even the series... 

Arizona up 1-zip over Baylor, bottom 2, Wildcats with a runner on second with none out. No more scoring in this at-bat for U of A... However, Wildcats add a run in third on Katiyana Mauga's 92nd career homer to make it 2-0... Home-run record is 95 by Lauren Chamberlain... With the score still 2-0, top 6, Baylor puts together a triple and homer (by Ari Hawkins) to tie the score, 2-2... Same score, with Arizona batting in bottom of seventh; runners on first and second after walk to Mauga, none out... Sharp single to left loads bases... Line single to center wins it for Wildcats, 3-2...

UCLA up 1-zip on Ole Miss, but Rebels get lead-off runner on first in bottom of second... A Bruin throwing error gives Ole Miss runners on second and third with one out... Nice catch in left for UCLA saves a run... Infield pop-up ends Rebel threat... Mississippi down to its final three outs, as it comes up in the bottom of the seventh, trailing 1-0... Rebels go down quietly, Bruins become first team to qualify for Women's College World Series...

Washington takes early 5-0 lead over Utah, aided substantially by first-inning three-run homer...   Utes get back into game in top of fourth with their own three-run blast... Huskies trying to pad their 5-3 lead in bottom of fourth, with runners on first and second and one out... Walk loads the bases... Morganne Flores, who homered earlier for Washington, trying to do it again... She does, adding a grand-slam to her earlier three-run shot! 9-3 Huskies...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Super-Regional Tracker -- Thursday (2017)

Here is the super-regional tracking board (with links in the results area) and comments on the games below...

TeamsGame 1Game 2Game 3
Alabama (16) at Florida (1)*Alabama
Baylor (15) at Arizona (2)**


Kentucky (14) at Oregon (3)**
LSU (13) at Florida State (4)**


Mississippi (12) at UCLA (5)*UCLA

Utah (11) at Washington (6)**


Oklahoma (10) at Auburn (7)**


Texas A&M (9) at Tennessee (8)**

*Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (if necessary)
**Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (if necessary). 

Alabama has upset No. 1-seeded Florida, 3-0, in the opener of the teams' super-regional series. According to the Tide's Twitter feed, "Alabama pitching has only allowed one run in NCAA Tournament play, including a current streak of 28.2-straight scoreless innings."

Ole Miss, having been no-hit for the first five innings by UCLA frosh Rachel Garcia, has cut the Bruins' lead in half, to 4-2, in the top of the sixth. A single, homer (by Brittany Finney), single, and single, with none out, have the Rebels in strong position... A popped-up bunt is the first out of the inning, but a walk loads the bases for Ole Miss... A wild-pitch (or passed-ball) allows each Ole Miss runner to advance a base, making the score 4-3... A solid single to the left-center gap gives the Rebels a 5-4 lead... Another single, on a chopper over the third-baseperson, runners on first and second... Ground-out to pitcher advances runners to second and third, with two out... HBP reloads the bases, with Finney coming up again... Strike-out to end inning... Still 5-4 Ole Miss as UCLA comes up in bottom of seventh... Lead-off bloop-single to right... Wild-pitched to second... Fly-out to shallow left-center, runner doesn't advance... Grounder to short for second out, runner moves to third... Tying run scores as pitch gets away from catcher... Pop-up to end inning. We're going extras! Rebels leave runner on second in top of eighth... Bruins go quietly in bottom of eighth... Nothing for Ole Miss in top of ninth... nor UCLA in the bottom half... Rebels put first two batters on base in top of 10th -- a single to center and a mishandled bunt. Passed ball advances runners to second and third... Alyssa Gonzalez, who had two-run single in sixth for Ole Miss, does it again in 10th, but thrown out trying to stretch single to a double; 7-5 Rebels... Two more singles put runners on first and second for Ole Miss... Back-to-back strike-outs end the half-inning... UCLA again with its back to the wall, coming up in bottom of 10th... Bruins get lead-off runner on base, as blooper just eludes shortstop's glove... Soft bouncer to second results in double-play. UCLA down to final out... Pitcher Garcia singles on hard grounder to left... Bruins won't go away -- ground-ball single up the middle... Bubba Nickles triple off right-field wall ties game, 7-up (actually a double, with Nickles taking third on throw home)... Ground-out to short sends game to 11th... Nothing for Ole Miss in top half... UCLA leads off bottom half with a walk... Bunted over to second... Two-out single to right drives home winning run for UCLA, 8-7 is your final...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Schedule for Super-Regionals (Beginning Thursday)

The schedules for all the super-regional match-ups are available here. Two series (Alabama at Florida, and Ole Miss at UCLA) will play their games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (if necessary). The other six series will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Monday, May 22, 2017

NCAA 2017 Regionals -- Monday Status

Two games are being played today, to finish off the regionals (scroll down to yesterday's entry and see chart).

Oklahoma leads Tulsa 2-0 in today's winner-take-all game, with the Sooners batting in the top of the sixth... OU staged a dramatic comeback against the Golden Hurricane yesterday to force today's decisive game... Make that 3-0 Oklahoma (Monday gametracker)... 3-0 is the final score as OU moves on to the super-regionals...

In action late Sunday night, LSU defeated McNeese State and then Louisiana-Lafayette to force a decisive rematch today between LSU and ULL... ULL leads today's rematch 1-0, with the Rajin' Cajuns batting in the top of the third (Monday gametracker)... LSU roars back to win 5-1 and advance to the supers...

When all is said and done, all 16 national seeds advance, the first time this has happened in the 13 years the super-regional format has been in effect.

FLO Softball has a nice overview of the recently concluded regionals.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

NCAA 2017 Regionals -- Sunday Status

The following table shows the status of each regional. The "2-0" and "2-1" column headings reflect teams' records entering Sunday's play (with the exception of the Salt Lake City regional, which started a day earlier). Under the double-elimination format, the "2-1" team had to beat the "2-0" team twice on Sunday to advance. Teams in bold (with game-article links) have advanced to the super-regionals.


Region2-02-1EliminatedEliminated
Gainesville, FL
Oklahoma St.*
Florida IntlFlorida A&M
Tucson, AZArizona (2)S. CarolinaSt. FrancisNM State
Eugene, OROregon (3)WisconsinMizzouIllinois-Chi.
Tallahassee, FLFlorida St. (4)GeorgiaJacksonville St.Princeton
Los Angeles, CAUCLA (5)CS FullertonSan Jose St.Lehigh
Seattle, WAWash. (6)MichiganFresno St.Montana
Auburn, ALAuburn (7)CalNotre DameE. Tenn. St.
Knoxville, TN LongwoodOhio St.SC-Upstate
Coll. Station, TX TexasTexas St.Texas Southern
Norman, OK
Tulsa
Okla. (10)*N. Dakota St.Arkansas
Salt Lake City, UT BYUMississippi St.Fordham
Oxford, MS N. CarolinaArizona St.S. Illinois
Baton Rouge, LA
Lou-Lafayette
LSU (13)*McNeese St.Fairfield
Lexington, KY IllinoisMarshallDePaul
Waco, TXBaylor (15)J. MadisonOregon St.Kent St.
Tuscaloosa, ALAlabama (16)
Minnesota 
La.TechAlbany
*Beat the "2-0" team to set up a winner-take-all game. (Winner-take-all games between Oklahoma-Tulsa and LSU-ULL being played on Monday.)

Running commentary during the day: 

Oklahoma State, trying to force "if necessary" rematch with Florida, scores game's first run in bottom of sixth, leaving Gators with just three outs left... UF lead-off walk in top of seventh... Bunted to second... Fly-out to center, two outs for Gators... Fly-out deep to left, Cowgirls win 1-0, forcing winner-take-all game later today... UF takes 2-0 lead in bottom of first on home-run blast... Gators win 5-0 to advance...

Florida State survives a late rally by Georgia for an 8-5 victory and trip to the super-regionals...

Oklahoma, looking to stay alive, is off to a quick start in rematch with North Dakota State, scoring four in top of first (including three-run homer by Shay Knighten)... Sooners need to win this game, and then beat Tulsa twice...

Minnesota, fighting for its tournament life, is in extra innings with Louisiana Tech... Gophers batting in top of ninth of 2-2 game, threatening with runners on the corners with one out... No one covering first on infield grounder, so Gophers load bases... Kendyl Lindaman singles in two, putting Minnesota up 4-2... Gophers prevail 5-3 over LA Tech, now must beat Alabama twice...

Alabama, needing just one win, leads Minnesota 1-0, as Gophers come up in bottom of fourth (gametracker)... That's the final, 1-0... Minnesota fails to score in two games vs. Crimson Tide (16 innings total: seven innings today, nine yesterday)...

Tulsa, needing just one win to advance, off to 1-0 lead on Oklahoma as routine throw from catcher to pitcher returning ball gets away... Tulsa and OU tied 2-2, Sooners batting in bottom of sixth (gametracker)... Going extras, as Golden Hurricane bat in top of eighth... Tulsa scores two in top of 10th, OU counters with four on pair of two-run homers, first by Caleigh Clifton, second by Sydney Romero... Sooners win, forcing decisive game tomorrow...

Baylor's Gia Rodoni pitches two no-hitters in regionals to lead Bears to supers...

West Coast games now underway: Oregon 4-0 over Wisconsin, Ducks batting in bottom of second; Michigan 1-0 over Washington, two complete; Arizona and South Carolina scoreless, two complete...

'Zona goes up 2-0 on SC in top of third (gametracker)... 9-0 is the final...

U-Dub takes 2-1 lead over Michigan in top of third (gametracker). Huskies threatening more, with bases loaded, two out... Nice catch of blooper by Wolverine 2B limits damage... Michigan ties game 2-2 in bottom of fourth... Two-out, two-run double gives Huskies 4-2 lead in top of sixth... That's how it ends... Very subpar season for Michigan ends early...

Oregon finishes off Wisconsin, 9-0, to advance...

UCLA scores two in top of first, Fullerton scores one in bottom half. Still 2-1 in top of third (gametracker)... Bruins close it out, 9-1...

LSU site continues to look gloomy with rain... McNeese and LSU are now playing, scoreless in the bottom of the second, around 8:30 pm Central...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday Updates (2017 NCAA Regionals)

Although Minnesota received many statements of support after being omitted from the group of 16 nationally seeded teams, I felt there was also considerable pressure on the Gophers to prove the NCAA tournament committee wrong. Whatever pressure there was before has been increased tremendously, as the Gophers' vaunted offense was stymied in a 1-0 nine-inning loss to No. 16 seed Alabama... Minnesota will need to sweep three games (including two over Alabama) or its season is over!

No. 10 seed Oklahoma looked to be in a bit of danger, trailing North Dakota State 2-0 after five innings. However, The Sooners scored a pair in the bottom of the sixth to tie things up (gametracker)... Bison and Sooners will be going extras, as OU retired in the bottom of the seventh when batter thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double... NDSU scores in top of ninth, then, aided by this catch in the bottom half, closes out Oklahoma, 3-2.

Oregon survives by the skin of its teeth against Wisconsin, while Washington eviscerates Michigan.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Interview on Iowa Radio Show

I had the pleasure Tuesday morning of chatting with radio host Derek Martin of Iowa radio station KMA about the upcoming NCAA women's softball tournament. A recording of my segment, running about 10 minutes, is available at this link.

The big topic in the interview, as indeed it is among college-softball observers nationwide, was the NCAA's exclusion of Minnesota among the 16 nationally seeded teams, forcing the Gophers to face a daunting road to the Women's College World Series. As I alluded to in the interview, not long after the NCAA's snub, the Gophers were announced as the No. 1 team in the nation in the weekly NFCA/USA Today poll. Criticism of the NCAA's seedings continues to roll in.

Toward the end of the interview, Derek pointed out that Minnesota frosh catcher Kendyl Lindaman is from Ankeny, Iowa and he told some interesting stories about her power-hitting prowess in high school. Now, at the NCAA level, Lindaman has a slugging percentage of .942, third-highest in the nation.

Other players we discussed were Florida pitchers Kelly Barnhill and Delanie Gourley, both of whom have Earned Run Averages below 1.00; Arizona's Katiyana Mauga, who has 89 career homers and needs six more to tie the NCAA record of 95 by former Oklahoma Sooner Lauren Chamberlain; and Lindaman's battery-mate at Minnesota, Sara Groenewegen, who sports a 0.59 ERA.

It turns out that -- going from memory -- I misspoke slightly about two of the regional lineups during the interview. I said that a Florida regional contained teams exclusively from the Sunshine State, but that regional actually contains only three Florida teams (UF, Florida A&M, and Florida International, plus Oklahoma State). It is actually a regional in Texas that is entirely intrastate (UT-Austin, Texas A&M, Texas State, and Texas Southern). Also, in describing the Oregon regional, which brings in three teams from the Midwest, I listed DePaul as one of the teams, when it is really Illinois-Chicago. The brackets are available here.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

2017 NCAA Softball Tournament Geospatial Map

We're back once again with our annual geospatial map of where the 64 teams have been sent for regional play in the first weekend. This map allows you to see the extent to which the NCAA has kept regionals compact to save on travel costs, as opposed to sending teams across the country. For the last couple of years, I have used the Batch Geo website, which allows one to import an Excel list of schools (with addresses) and then generates a color-coded map, grouping schools by regional.

There are 16 regional sites, each containing four schools, which would probably create too much clutter for most readers' tastes, so I have broken the regionals up into three graphs, one with six regionals and the other two with five each. The regional hosts are identified in a black horizontal bar at the bottom of each graph.

"Balloons" of the same color within the same graph represent schools playing in the same regional. You can "hover" the cursor over a given balloon and the school's name will appear. There are additional tools on the graphs, allowing you to manipulate them in various ways.


View 2017 NCAA Softball Regions 1 in a full screen map


View 2017 NCAA Softball Regions 2 in a full screen map


View 2017 NCAA Softball Regions 3 in a full screen map

Getting to the substance of the NCAA committee's decisions, the biggest shocker of the evening is that Minnesota, ranked No. 2/3 in the final national polls and sporting a 54-3 record, did not receive one of the 16 national seeds. As a result, the Gophers will have to travel to 16-seed Alabama for regional play (see Map 1 above). As noted on ESPN's Tournament Selection Show, Minnesota was ranked No. 12 in the RPI, but had only two wins all year over teams ranked in the Top 25 (but not the Top 10) when they faced the Gophers, LSU and Cal. Minnesota did not play traditional B1G power Michigan (No. 17 in both polls) this season, as not everybody can play each other in a 14-team league; also, the Wolverines bowed out of the conference tourney before they could face Minnesota. Playing -- and beating -- Michigan might have gotten Minnesota a national seed, but we'll never know.

Also of note, the SEC got all 13 of its softball-playing schools into the tournament. According to the SEC website:

The SEC earned eight national seeds, as SEC regular season champion Florida (50-6) earned the national No. 1 seed for the third straight year. Auburn (46-10) earned the No. 7 seed, while Tennessee (44-10) was awarded the No. 8 seed. Texas A&M (42-10) is the No. 9 seed, and SEC Tournament Champion Ole Miss (40-18) is the No. 12 national seed. LSU (41-18) is the No. 13 seed, and Kentucky (36-17) was tabbed the No. 14 seed. Alabama (42-16) rounds out the list as the No. 16 seed.

Arizona seemed to stumble a little bit down the stretch, going a combined 6-6 in series vs. Utah, Oregon, ASU, and UCLA (including two shutout losses to the Bruins). However, that didn't stop U of A from getting the No. 2 national seed. 

Rounding out the top six national seeds are (in order) Oregon, Florida State, UCLA, and Washington, giving the Pac 12 four of the six highest seeds. In addition, eight of the Pac 12's nine softball-playing schools made the NCAA field (Stanford was left out).

Friday, May 12, 2017

Conference Tourney Updates (2017)

Quarterfinal play in the SEC featured three upsets out of the four games (see bracket):

  • Eighth-seeded Mississippi shutout No. 1 Florida, 2-0.
  • Sixth-seeded LSU took care of No. 3 Tennessee, 6-2.
  • Fifth-seeded Alabama edged No. 4 Texas A&M, 2-1.
Only second-seeded Auburn held form, blanking No. 7 Kentucky, 2-0.

In Friday's opening quarterfinal of the B1G tourney, top-seeded Minnesota dismissed No. 8 Northwestern, 5-1. Currently, fourth-seeded Illinois bats in the bottom of the second, leading No. 12 Penn State, 2-0... Illinois wins 3-0.... Third-seeded Ohio State beat No. 6 Wisconsin, 3-2... Finally, seventh-seeded Michigan State ousted intrastate rival and No. 2 seed University of Michigan, 5-4.