OREGON 6, KENTUCKY 1
After opening the weekend with an upset win over the Oregon Ducks, Kentucky was unable to get the job done a second time on Friday.
Oregon benefitted from a four-run fourth inning. Lauren Burke drove in two runs with a single, and a Kentucky error led to a third run coming in on the play. Mia Camuso tacked on an RBI single before the inning ended.
Kentucky responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth, as Alex Martens hit a sacrifice fly. That would be all the scoring the Wildcats could muster, though.
Miranda Elish pitched a complete game for the Ducks, striking out seven and allowing just two hits.
The teams will play their third and final game on Saturday night in Eugene, with the winner heading to the WCWS.
OKLAHOMA 7, ARKANSAS 2
The Razorbacks opened the Norman Super Regional with a loss to the hosting Sooners. Former Missouri pitcher Paige Lowary shut down Arkansas’ offense, allowing three hits in six innings.
Oklahoma struck for five combined runs in the second and third inning, putting the Razorbacks in a hole they were unable to climb out of.
Arkansas and Oklahoma will square off again Saturday afternoon.
TEXAS A&M 5, FLORIDA 4
The Texas A&M Aggies forced a deciding Game 3 on Friday night with their 5-4 win over the Florida Gators.
The Aggies jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first two innings, but Florida stormed back to take a 4-2 lead after the 4th inning. But, in the bottom of the 5th, A&M responded for three runs to take the lead and they would not relinquish it going forward.
Sarah Hudek and Tori Vidales each hit homers in the victory. Vidales’ bomb was of the three-run variety. Janell Wheaton and Nicole DeWitt were responsible for the four runs scored for Florida, with each picking up two RBI.
The Gators and Aggies will play for the right to go to OKC on Saturday.
GEORGIA 4, TENNESSEE 3
UGA was able to escape with a 4-3 victory on Friday to take Game 1 of their Super Regionals series against Tennessee.
The Dawgs jumped out to a 4-0 lead after putting up two in the 1st and then two more run sin the 3rd. They saw that lead evaporate however, as the Vols struck for two in the sixth. Heading into the final stanza, Tennessee put up another run, but Georgia was able to snuff them out before they could score anymore.
Alyssa DiCarlo and Alysen Febrey each slugged home runs, with DiCarlo’s long ball being her 20th of the year. Febrey’s was her ninth of the season, as the Dawgs have now hit a whopping 63 bombs this year.
Georgia will look to end the series on Saturday and get to OKC, while Tennessee of course is just looking to survive and stave off elimination.
LSU 6, FSU 5
The LSU Tigers are one win away from making it to OKC after their 6-5 victory over FSU in Tallahassee.
LSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd after Amanda Doyle hit a leadoff home run off Kylee Hanson. Then, three innings later, the Tigers put up a crooked number as they jumped over the Seminoles with four runs in the 5th. Doyle came up large that inning as well, as she hit a two-RBI double to left field to extend the lead after Emily Griggs drew a bases loaded walk.
Although FSU made things interesting with a three-run homer off the bat of Jessie Warren, Carley Hoover struck out Carsyn Gordon to end the threat and give LSU the victory.
The two teams will play again on Saturday. If a third game is necessary, it will also be played on Saturday, as the threat of inclement weather pushed the third and final game back a day.
WASHINGTON 3, ALABAMA 2
The Alabama Crimson Tide face elimination at the hands of the Washington Huskies following their 3-2 defeat Friday night in Seattle.
The Tide put up two runs in the 2nd inning to tie the game, and held that lead all the way until UW’s last licks. After a walk by Taryn Atlee and a strikeout by Kelly Burdick, Taylor Van Zee hit a double that set the stage for Sis Bates. And Bates delivered a game-tying single to extend the game. UW would later walk off in the 9th inning after Van Zee scored Burdick on a single.
Sydney Booker picked up the two RBI for Alabama after she hit a double in the 2nd. Alexis Osorio was charged with the loss, but she struck out 10 Washington batters along the way.
Game 2 in Seattle will take place on Saturday, and it’s a mighty pivotal one of course.
ARIZONA STATE 5, SOUTH CAROLINA 2
Like Alabama, South Carolina faces elimination at the hands of a Pac-12 squad on the west coast. ASU defeated the Gamecocks 5-2 on Friday night to move closer to making the WCWS in OKC.
South Carolina couldn’t quite collect themselves as they fell behind early on. They were down 1-0 after the 1st, 3-0 after the 2nd and then 5-0 after the 4th inning. They plated two runs in the 7th inning thanks to a 2-run shot by Kennedy Clark. But that was all that the Gamecocks could muster in Tempe.
Skylar McCarty, Morgan Howe and Jade Gortarez were responsible for the five runs plated by ASU, including Gortarez’s two-run homer in the 2nd.
The Gamecocks will look to fend off the Sun Devils again on Saturday night.