Two Pac-12 softball teams headed to Women's College World Series
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The road to the Women's College World Series has reached its final destination with two Pac-12 teams punching their ticket to Oklahoma City. ARIZONA STATE and WASHINGTON both swept their opponents in Super Regional competition and will compete for a NCAA title this week. The Huskies will face 13th-seeded Nebraska in the first round on May 30 at 11 a.m. CT. Fourth-seeded Texas will challenge the Sun Devils in round one at 6 p.m. CT on May 30. It is the 11th trip to the WCWS for both Arizona State and Washington. OREGON's season ended last week, falling to Nebraska after fighting it out to all three games of the series.
#3 Oregon vs. #14 Nebraska
Game 1: Nebraska 5, Oregon 2
Game 2: Oregon 4, Nebraska 3 (11 innings)
Game 3: Nebraska 4, Oregon 2
#11 Washington vs.#6 Missouri
Game 1: Washington 2, Missouri 1 (8 innings)
Game 2: Washington 1, Missouri 0
#5 Arizona State vs #12 Kentucky
Game 1: Arizona State 5, Kentucky 4
Game 2: Arizona State 5, Kentucky 2
Women's College World Series
- Double Elimination in bracket play
- Then Best of 3 Games Championship Series
Game 1: #11 WASHINGTON vs. #13 Nebraska 11 a.m. CT
Game 2: #7 Tennessee vs. #2 Florida 1:30 p.m. CT
Game 3: #5 ARIZONA STATE vs. #4 Texas 6 p.m. CT
Game 4: #8 Michigan vs. #1 Oklahoma 8:30 p.m. CT
Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 6 p.m. CT
Game 6: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 8:30 p.m. CT
Game 7: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 11 a.m CT
Game 8: Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 1:30 p.m. CT
Game 9: Winner of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 5 6 p.m. CT
Game 10: Winner of Game 8 vs. Loser of Game 6 8:30 p.m. CT
Game 11: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 9 12 p.m. CT
Game 12: Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 10 2:30 p.m. CT
Game 13 Loser of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 9 6 p.m. CT
Game 14 Loser of Game 12 vs. Winner of Game 10 8:30 p.m. CT
Best of Three Series
June 3: Championship Game 1
June 4: Championship Game 2
June 5: Championship Game 3 (If necessary)
Complete bracket attached at end of release
All game times local to site and subject to change.
Seedings listed from NCAA Bracket
Super Regional Review
• The first game was scoreless for the Sun Devils through two and half innings until junior Cheyenne Coyle hit a homer to clear the bases to put ASU up 3-0 for her 20th home run of the season. Coyle tied the ASU record for single-season home runs.
• The Sun Devils were not done scoring as they put two more runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-1 advantage.
• Not to be outdone at the plate, Kentucky booted three home runs in the top of the sixth to make the score 5-4.
• Junior Dallas Escobedo pitched through the top of the seventh and her 35 consecutive innings of no earned runs was snapped in the top of the fifth.
• Escobedo earned the win on the night for her 29th on the season as junior Mackenzie Popescue closed the final inning for her third save of the year.
• The second game of the series was a hard fought battle as the score was tied twice before ASU took the command in the top of the seventh inning.
• Coyle had an RBI single to right in the top of the first to plate junior Alix Johnson from second base. Kentucky tied the game in the bottom of the second at 1-1 with its fifth homer of the series.
• In the top of the third ASU came back to make the game 2-1, while Kentucky answered in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 2-2.
• Finally, in the top of the seventh Arizona State pulled ahead with a two-run homer by sophomore Haley Steele to left. It was her 11th homer of the season. Escobedo closed out the game from the mound three up, three down.
• A five-run fifth inning for Nebraska, including a two-out grand slam, was too much for Oregon to overcome as it fell 5-2 in the first game of the Super Regional.
• The Ducks went on the board in the seventh inning as senior Jessica Moore tapped in her eighth RBI of the year on a ground-out to second base.
• Oregon scored its final run of the game on a grounder by freshman Koral Costa. Sophomore Janie Takeda tallied the team's only extra-base hit in the game with a double in the first inning. Takeda broke the school record for most hits in a season now with 89.
• The Ducks came back swinging the second game to keep their postseason run alive with a 4-3 11-inning victory. Oregon scored single runs in the second, sixth, seventh and 11th innings, while Nebraska scored once in the first and twice in the fourth.
• The pitching saved Oregon as not a single batter was walked and the Ducks struck out 16 and allowed only six hits and one earned run. Pitching was a combined effort from Moore in the first four innings and freshman Cheridan Hawkins in the final innings.
• The Ducks fell in game three by a score of 4-2 in front of a sell-out Howe Field crowd.
• The Huskies were the first to claim their spot in the WCWS after clinching the first two games of the Super Regionals over Missouri.
• In what looked to be a pitching duel in game one, junior Kaitlin Inglesby pitched the first six innings for the Huskies against Missouri to allow just one run on four hits in 6.0 innings. Junior Bryana Walker stepped in for the final two innings to earn the win.
• Missouri went on the board first to score a run in the sixth inning but UW came back to score in the top of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. Junior Victoria Hayward drilled the ball to center to bring in junior Kelli Suguro in the top of the eighth to score the winning run.
• Suguro was also a star on defense as she made a diving catch at second base to throw the ball while laying on the ground to throw the runner out at first for an out. Suguro's diving catch made No. 6 on the Sportscenter Top 10 Plays of the Night.
• Walker and Inglesby continued to lead the Husky defense in game two as Walker allowed just two hits through five innings on the mound. Walker got the win as Inglesby came in to pitch a perfect final two innings for the save.
• Hayward claimed both hits for UW in the game hitting a solo home run in the first inning, which would stand for the game-winner.
• Sophomore Kylee Lahners made a fantastic catch in the first inning to rob the Tigers of a two-run home run. Lahners' catch made No. 9 on ESPN Sportscenter Top 10 Plays of the Night.
Women's College World Series Facts
• ASU sophomore and Pac-12 Player of the Year is blogging for the behind the scenes look of the Arizona State softball team's journey to the WCWS. Her blog is available here. She has already posted seven entires and will continue to blog throughout the WCWS.
• The Sun Devils most recently finished fourth at the WCWS and have now made seven appearances at the WCWS under Clint Myers.
• ASU is 18-16 in WCWS and 83-47 overall in the NCAA tournament. The Sun Devils are 14-8 in the WCWS under Clint Myers.
• The Huskies return to Oklahoma City for their 11th all time appearance at the WCWS and their first trip since 2010.
• Washington looks to claim just their second championship ever after earning the crown in 2009.
• UW has a 83-38 overall record in NCAA tournament play and a 20-17 record at the WCWS.
Women's College World Series Information
Eight-team, double-elimination tournament will be conducted May 30 to June 5 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
All of the NCAA Tournament will be shown on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN3, and/or ESPNU). The announcers for the WCWS are as follows:
Pam Ward/Michele Smith (Day games)
Beth Mowins/Jessica Mendoza (Night games)
Beth Mowins/Jessica Mendoz/Michele Smith (Finals)
Holly Rowe- Field Reporter for all games
All-Session and Outfield Flex Ticket Packages are sold out.
Individual session tickets are available ranging from $20-35 for adults. Fans can buy VIP hospitality tickets for $40.50 per session