All Six Pac-10 Softball Teams Advance to Super Regional Competition
May 18, 2009
The NCAA Championship field was narrowed down Sunday, as all six Pac-10 softball teams competing in the postseason advanced to participate in Super Regional competition.
Arizona, California, Stanford and UCLA all swept their respective regionals, finishing the weekend a perfect 3-0. Arizona State and Washington each dropped a game over the weekend, but rebounded to move into the round of 16.
Wildcat Lauren Schutzler hit a three-run home run in the fifth, giving ninth-seeded Arizona a lead it would never relinquish in a 4-2 win over Purdue in its final game at the 2009 Softball Championship Regional Round. With the win, Arizona was crowned champions of the Louisville Regional, and will advance to Super Regional play.
Faced with elimination the 10th-seeded ASU Softball team needed two to stay alive and advance to the NCAA Super Regional which they did Sunday afternoon on the back of Tempe Regional MVP, Hillary Bach, who pitched two complete games, one a two-hit shutout to lead ASU over LSU 6-4 and 5-0 in Games Six and Seven of the Tempe Regional.
No. 14/16 California captured the NCAA Softball Tallahassee Regional with a 2-1 victory over Oklahoma State in the championship game on Sunday. The Regional title was the 10th in the last 11 years for the Golden Bears, who advance to play national top-seed Florida in an NCAA Super Regional.
Behind another outstanding effort by senior pitcher Missy Penna, the Stanford softball team completed a sweep of its own NCAA Regional today. The Cardinal (47-9) bested No. 22-ranked and Big West Champion Cal Poly, 4-0, in the regional final to claim the school's sixth regional title and secure a spot in the program's fourth NCAA Super Regional in five seasons.
UCLA senior Amanda Kamekona went 2-for-4 with four runs batted in, while junior Kaila Shull and sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore each had three hits, as the second-seeded Bruins advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals with a 9-5 victory over Fresno State on Sunday at Easton Stadium.
Washington advances to the round of 16 behind the play of ace Danielle Lawrie. The junior moved in to fifth place on the all-time Pac-10 strikeout list. The Huskies dropped a game to UMass earlier on Sunday, only to rebound and defeat the Minute Men to move on to the Super Regional round.
NCAA Super Regional action begins May 21 with a best of three series format. The Pac-10 match-ups for the round of 16 are as follows:
California vs. No. 1 Florida
No. 9 Arizona vs. No. 8 Stanford
No. 14 Georgia Tech vs. No. 3 Washington
North Dakota State vs. No. 10 Arizona State
Missouri vs. No. 2 UCLA