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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!