This is like UCLA and Kentucky meeting in the men’s basketball final. The two most storied programs in the history of softball, Arizona and UCLA will meet at 8:00pm ET today in Game 1 of the best of 3 series to determine the national champ. The two schools have won 18 of the 27 possible softball national championships (10 UCLA, 8 Arizona) and will be facing each other for the title for the seventh time, Arizona leads that series 4-2.
The Bruins just might even up the series this year though. Not only did they beat Arizona in their regular season series 2-1, but their is no team in softball that is hitting the ball better than them this College World Series. They have WCWS record eight homeruns in three games and averaging nine hits a game, while giving up five.
Arizona cancels Hawaii 5-1 (Next Game – Arizona vs Tennessee 3:30 pm ET )
Well this years Cinderella team is out of it. After slamming their way through the tournament the last two games they have basically been shutdown, only managing three runs. The Rainbows only put up one run in this game thanks to the two hit and 13 strikeout gem that was thrown by Wildcat pitcher Kenzie Fowler. It looks like she has finally figured out how to pitch legally (or the umps stopped calling it as much after the public outcry) and is looking like the lights out pitcher she was in the regular season.
Georgia gets the best Florida 3-2 (Next Game - Georgia vs UCLA 1:00 pm ET)
The top four seeds are gone: Alabama, Michigan, Washington, and now Florida. The person that I feel the most sorry for in this one is the Gators all-time homerun leader, Francesca Enea, who ended her career in the worst slump of her entire career. She went hitless in this years tournament and actually hasn’t gotten a hit since May 9th…the same the day her boyfriend proposed to her senior night. Talk about a bad omen for a marriage.
Washington ousted by Arizona 4-3
I’m sorry, but the umps suck in this CWS. The play on third where they called Jenn Sailing out!ho of you out there that was watching the game even knew that was a rule? But in the end I blame the Washington defense for the loss because it was their errors three errors that allowed three of Arizona’s runs. But on the bright side…at least we’ll have a new champion this year. Arizona will play Hawaii in an elimination game at 9:30 pm ET today.
Florida ends Missouri 5-0
Missouri should feel lucky to have made it this far. Stephanie Brombacher was back on top of her game after a terrible outing Thursday. In this one she pitched a seven inning shutout, allowing six hits, two walks, while striking out six. And while Brombacher was lights out on the mound, the offense hit three homeruns…two of them being from Brittany Schutte. Now Florida will have to face Georgia in an elimination game at 4:00pm ET today.
UCLA out slugs Hawaii 5-2
You know you’re playing good when you out hit and out slug the best hitting team in the nation and that’s exactly what the Bruins did. UCLA had 10 hits by seven different players and they broke the school record for homeruns in a season (99) with three in this one, giving them a total of 100 on the year. The Bruins have gotten hot at the right team and are now only need one more win to make it to the championship series. The Rainbows will now play the winner of Washington-Arizona in an elimination game at 9:30pm ET today.
Tennessee slams Georgia 7-5
This game was dominated from start to finish by Tennessee. They scored the first seven runs of the game, thanks mainly to a grand slam by senior first baseman Erinn Webb in the third, before allowing UGA to finally get on the board in the bottom of the forth. But other than a little scare in the seventh, where UGA put up three runs, they were never in it. Georgia will now play the winner of the Florida/Missouri game at 7:30pm ET today.
And you know what…I’m starting to think we’re witnessing the next great college pitcher in Tennessee freshman Ivy Renfroe. In this one she allowed five runs on 10 hits, but got career high 10 strikeouts. So far in the tournament she’s pitched in every game and is 5-0 with a 1.21 ERA, has three complete game shutouts and 42 strikeouts in 34 innings of work, including wins at #2 Michigan and versus #3 Arizona and now #9 Georgia. Now that’s one badass stat line for a freshman that’s playing in her first College World Series.
“It’s just frustrating. I always think of a good official as someone that you don’t even know is there. Unfortunately, the officials were way too involved in this game at the early part of it…and I’m going to say it, I blame that we as coaches have given the officials way too much power in our own game and not even know what the hell they’re doing.”
“I’m watching and it’s called one time, it’s not called the next time. It was sporadic. So what do you do? You’re at the mercy…I’m just saying it’s a hell of a way to start your opening game of the College World Series and have something called that has not been called.”