NCAA softball regionals: Five Pac-12 teams win on Friday
The Pac-12 went 5-3 in Friday's NCAA Softball Regional action, procuring wins from Oregon, Cal, Stanford, Arizona State and Washington. While Oregon State, UCLA and Arizona lost, all eight Pac-12 teams competing in regionals are still alive due to the double-elimination format of the softball postseason. Regional play continues Saturday and will wrap up Sunday, when all 16 super regional participants will be decided.
— Oregon Duck Softball (@OregonSB) May 18, 2013
Offense-wise, lead-off hitter Janie Takeda forced the issue in the first by stealing third base and taking home on a throwing error to draw first blood for the Quacks. Oregon tacked on two more in the third thanks to RBI singles from Courtney Ceo and Samantha Pappas, and that would be Moore than enough (that's a good one, right?). Oregon faces Wisconsin at noon PT Saturday for a chance to advance to the super regionals, which the Ducks would host if they move on. Oregon has the upper-hand in the regional finals, as Wisconsin already has one loss next to its name.
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THREE STRIKEOUTS IN T7!!
— Cal Softball (@CalSoftball) May 17, 2013
The twitter account seemed to be a little excited about that. Cal will next face host Michigan at 9 a.m. with a spot in the Ann Arbor Regional championship on the line.
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Congrats to @teaggerhart for capturing her 100th career win! She joins Missy Penna & Dana Sorenson as the only Card pitchers to do so!
— Stanford Softball (@StanfordSball) May 17, 2013
Stanford has host Nebraska tomorrow at 11 a.m. PT with a spot in the Lincoln Two up for grabs.
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S/O to my girl @dalpal12 for throwing a no no today!
— Amber Freeman (@A_Freeman9) May 18, 2013
Those unearned runs came in the top of the first, meaning San Jose State struck first in this one. The fifth-seeded Sun Devils tied things up after single runs in the first and second and took the lead for good on a Spartan throwing error in the bottom of the fifth. Freeman and third baseman Haley Steele powered the Sun Devil attack with a couple of solo blasts, while second baseman Sam Parlich had a 2-3 day batting sixth. The victory over San Jose State sets up a date with Georgia for a spot in the regional championship at 3 p.m. PT, begging the eternal question "who does Nic Lloyd root for?"