WCWS: UW walks off, ASU into loser's bracket

It was a 50-50 Thursday for the Conference of Champions in NCAA softball action as Washington knocked off Nebraska while Arizona State fell to Texas in their opening games of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Huskies will next play Friday against Tennessee at 4 p.m. PT, while Arizona State will face Michigan on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PT  in an elimination game.


Kimberlee Souza's the name, walk off's the game. Souza's solo blast in the bottom of the eighth propelled Washington to a 4-3 victory over Nebraska in a game in which the Huskies were two outs from being sent to the loser's bracket. Down 3-2 in the seventh, Victoria Hayward tripled to right field with one out, setting up an RBI opportunity for Hooch Fagaly to even things up. And, as expected, the UW softball Twitter account went pretty nuts when she did:

If you like the all-caps madness, get ready for the game-winner:

Only three hits for the Huskies in this one, but Heather Tarr's ladies got 'em when they counted like Shaq at the free throw line.


The Forks weren't as fortunate in their evening bout with the Longhorns as Texas beat Arizona State 6-3. Dallas Escobedo mowed 'em down in the first four innings (like Kim Bruins and Blaire Luna did to Arizona State in the same span as well) but ran into trouble in the fifth when she gave up four runs. Clint Myers' softballers actually took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the fifth when Alix Johnson smashed a two-run double to left center, but Texas countered with a Taylor Thom double that scored two runs and a two-run homer from Bruins - each knock coming with two outs. Arizona State's Haley Steele homered to left to cut the lead in half at 4-3 in the top of the six, but the Longhorns doubled the Devils' inning score yet again on an RBI bunt single from Stephanie Ceo and a run-scoring double hit by Taylor Hoagland.

Arizona State will have to stave off elimination by ousting a Michigan squad that sent Cal packing in the regionals.

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