Hawai`i 9, LMU 0 (6)
Hawai`i became the first WAC team to advance to an NCAA Super Regional by eliminating Loyola Marymount, 9-0 in six innings in the Los Angeles Regional. Justine Smethurst pitched a complete game three-hit shutout for the win. This is the third season that softball has played using the Super Regional format. The Rainbow Wahine advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals without dropping a single game and winning two extra inning games.
WAC Pitcher of the Year, Kate Robinson, led the Rainbow Wahine at the plate against the Lions. Robinson went 3-for 4 with four RBI. She was a part of the all three innings win in which Hawai`i scored. She drove in two in the first and single runs in the fifth and sixth.
The Rainbow Wahine will now make the trip to Knoxville, Tenn. to take on the fifth-seeded Lady Vols of Tennessee in a best of three game series. The series will be played May 25-26 at Tyson Park on the campus of the University of Tennesseee.
Hawai`i 3, UCLA 1 (8)
Hawai`i upset host and top-seeded UCLA, 3-1 in eight innings to advance to the Los Angeles Regional championship game tomorrow at Easton Stadium. Brandi Peiler came through with a bases loaded double that drove in Clare Warwick and Tyleen Tausaga to take the lead in the top of the eighth. Kate Robinson (16-1) earned the win with her 16th complete game in 2007.
It was Hawai`i's second straight extra-inning win after defeating UC Santa Barbara, 2-0 in 10 innings yesterday. The 'Bows are now 4-2 in extra inning games.
After five scoreless innings, the sixth was full of excitement for both teams. With one out, the Rainbow Wahine mounted a rally. Kaulana Gould got her second hit of the game with a base hit up the middle to start things off. Tyleen Tausaga, with the outfield playing deep, followed with a blooper single to centerfield. Then Kate Robinson hit a third straight single to load the bases. Brandi Peiler then battled at the plate with several foul balls before hitting a sacrifice fly to leftfield to drive in Gould from third, for the game's first run.
Hawai`i 2, UC Santa Barbara 0 (10)
Tanisha Milca's two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth, lifted the University of Hawai'i softball team (47-11, 16-2 WAC) to a 2-0 win over UC Santa Barbara in the Los Angeles Regional opener. Justine Smethurst (18-8) threw the 10 inning, complete game shut out. The NCAA Division I Championships continue tomorrow. UH takes on host UCLA at 3:00 p.m. PST at UCLA's Easton Stadium Friday afternoon.
The game was a pitchers' duel, with both pitchers throwing complete games. Smethurst threw over 200 pitches in the 10 inning game, which is the longest of her career. She finished with four walks and 12 strike outs--one short of her career and season-high of 13 set at Santa Clara this season. Smethurst got out of several potentially dangerous situations with runners in scoring position. UCSB (30-22) left 10 runners on base, eight of them were in scoring position. But UCSB's offense, despite out-hitting the Rainbow Wahine six-to-three were unable to produce any runs. The Gauchos had their lead-off hitter reach safely in six innings out of 10 innings, but Smethurst and the Rainbow Wahine defense played solidly to hold the Gauchos off the scoreboard.
Stanford 1, Fresno State 0
The Fresno State softball team dropped their second game of the NCAA Regional on Friday night, losing 1-0 to No. 16 Stanford in the Palo Alto Regional. With the loss, the Bulldogs finish the season with a 47-18 record.
Fresno State, ranked No. 23, dropped its first game of the day to No. 3 LSU by a score of 1-0, before falling to No. 16 Stanford.
Robin Mackin started the second game for the Bulldogs, pitching an unbelievable NCAA Regional before giving way to Merryann Barr in the third inning. Mackin gave up one run in the top of the third and Barr shut down the Cardinal the rest of the way. Early in the game, the Bulldogs got their best opportunity with back-to-back two out walks, leading to runners on first and second, but Missy Penna worked out of the jam, getting Lisamare Coronado to strikeout.
Stanford broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third inning, putting together two singles to score Penna, who led the inning off with a single. After Mackin allowed the one run, coach Margie Wright replaced the right hander with Merryann Barr. Barr quickly set down Stanford in the third, ending the Cardinal rally.
Mackin pitched 18 1/3 innings straight in the regional, only allowing two runs over that span.
LSU 1, Fresno State 0 (9)
The No. 3 LSU Tigers narrowly avoided an upset today, edging the Fresno State Bulldogs in nine innings in the third game of the Fresno Regional. Rachel Mitchell blasted a solo homerun over the left field wall in the top of the ninth, and the Tigers held on for a 1-0 win.
LSU put runners on in seven of the first eight innings, but Bulldog pitcher Robin Mackin pitched herself out of multiple jams to keep the Tigers off the board. In the top of the ninth, however, Mitchell finally took a Mackin pitch deep with one out and won the game for LSU.
Mackin struck out 10 in the loss, while Emily Turner pitched a two-hit shutout for LSU and earned her 22nd win of the season.
Fresno State will play the winner of the Stanford-Cal State Northridge game in an elimination game tonight at 6 p.m. LSU will play the winner of that game tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. live on ESPN2.
Fresno State 2, Stanford 0
The No. 16/18 Cardinal softball team dropped a tight 2-0 decision to the No. 23 Fresno State Bulldogs tonight in the team's first game of the Stanford Regional. The Bulldogs scored a pair of runs in the second, and held on through five more scoreless innings to earn the win. Stanford falls to 33-20-1 with the loss, while Fresno State improves to 47-16.
Fresno State did its scoring in the second inning, using two of the team's five hits to score a pair of runs. Merryann Barr led off the inning with a double to left field, and a second runner reached when Nichole Willis was hit by a pitch. A Robin Mackin single loaded the bases, and the first run scored on a ground out to shortstop by Ashley White. On the next play, Shannon Garvin grounded to shortstop, scoring Willis, but the Cardinal turned a double play and threw out Mackin to end the inning.
|2007 STANFORD REGIONAL (Host: Stanford)|
|Thurday, May 18|
|Game 1-LSU 3, CS Northridge 2||Live Stats||Box Score||Recap|
|Game 2- Fresno State 2, Stanford 0||Live Stats||Box Score||Recap|
|Friday, May 19|
|Game 3-LSU 1, Fresno State 0 (9)||Live Stats||Box Score||Recap|
|Game 4-Stanford 3, CS Northridge 0||Live Stats||Box Score||Recap|
|Game 5-Stanford 1, Fresno State 0||Live Stats||Box Score||Recap|
|Saturday, May 20|
|Game 6-LSU vs. Stanford, 5:30 p.m.||Live Stats||Box Score||Recap|
|2007 LOS ANGELES REGIONAL (Host: UCLA)|
|Friday, May 19|
|Game 1-Hawai`i 2, UC Santa Barbara 0 (10)||Live Stats||Box Score||Recap|
|Game 2-UCLA 6, Loyola Marymount 3||Live Stats||Box Score||Recap|
|Saturday, May 20|
|Game 3-Hawai`i 3, UCLA 1 (8)||Live Stats||Box Score||Recap|
|Game 4-Loyola Marymount 5, UC Santa Barbara 3||Live Stats||Box Score||Recap|
|Game 5-LMU 4, UCLA 2||Live Stats||Box Score||Recap|
|Sunday, May 21|
|Game 6-Hawai`i 9, LMU 0 (6)||Live Stats||Box Score||Recap|