May 15, 2014
No. 1 Oregon 6, No. 16 MINNESOTA 2
Minnesota fell short in game two of its Super Regional series against host Oregon, 6-2, ending its season with a 44-12 record. The Golden Gophers were one of three Big Ten teams to advance to NCAA Super Regionals, the most in Big Ten history.
Sunday's NCAA Super Regional Schedule
No. 16 MINNESOTA at No. 1 Oregon (Game 2), 5 p.m. ET (ESPN)
No. 16 MINNESOTA at No. 1 Oregon (if necessary), 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
No. 1 Oregon 10, No. 16 MINNESOTA 2 (6 innings)
Minnesota struck first, scoring one run in the top of the first inning after Sara Groenewegen singled down the right field line to score Sam Macken. Oregon immediately answered, with Courtney Ceo leading off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run to tie things up, 1-1.
The Ducks plated four runs in the second inning, and three in the third, to claim an 8-1 lead heading into the fifth inning. With two outs in the top half of the inning, Minnesota's Tyler Walker hit a solo homer to pull the Gophers within six runs (8-2).
Oregon secured the run-rule win with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Minnesota and Oregon will resume their three-game series 5 p.m. ET on Saturday. With a win over the Ducks, the Gophers would force an "if necessary" game three.
Saturday's NCAA Super Regional Schedule (Oregon Super Regional)
No. 16 MINNESOTA at No. 1 Oregon, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Minnesota is competing in its first-ever Super Regional. Play against Oregon begins Saturday at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
No. 9 Florida State 4, MICHIGAN 2
Michigan fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but plated one run in both the second and third frames to claim a 2-1 lead - Lindsay Montemarano homered in the second inning to begin the rally. The Wolverines maintained their one-run edge until the bottom of the fifth, when Florida State tied the game (2-2) following an RBI double by Courtney Senas. The Seminoles then walked off in the seventh frame after Senas added a two-run home run. The top six hitters in Michigan's lineup all tallied at least one hit, including a combined five hits by Caitlin Blanchard and Sierra Lawrence. Michigan ends its season with a 47-15 record after earning a share of its seventh consecutive Big Ten Championship and advancing to the Super Regionals for the ninth time in the past 10 years. The Seminoles advanced to the Women's College World Series.
No. 2 Alabama 2, NEBRASKA 1
Second-seeded Alabama secured a berth in the Women's College World Series after edging Nebraska, 2-1, in game two of the Tuscaloosa Super Regional series. The Crimson Tide plated both runs in the first inning. Nebraska cut the deficit in half (2-1) in the bottom of the second frame after designated player Austen Urness drove in M.J. Knighten. The Huskers had runners at first and second base with one out in the sixth frame, but were unable to record the game-tying run. Nebraska ends its season with a 44-18 record after earning a share of the Big Ten Championship and advancing to the Super Regional round for the second straight season.
No. 9 Florida State 6, MICHIGAN 0
The Seminoles forced a decisive third game in the Tallahassee Super Regional with a 6-0 win over Michigan in game two of the best of three series. Florida State broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the top of the fifth inning, and added one score in the sixth frame. The Wolverines' Lyndsay Doyle collected a pair of hits, while Nicole Sappingfield and Sierra Romero each tallied one hit. Michigan and Florida State will go head-to-head in the "if necessary" game three beginning at 7 p.m. ET, with the winner advancing to the WCWS.
Michigan and Nebraska will resume action in the NCAA Super Regionals on Friday. The Wolverines can secure a berth to their second consecutive Women's College World Series with one win over Florida State, while Nebraska needs two victories against Alabama to advance to its second straight WCWS.
Friday's NCAA Super Regional Schedule
Tallahassee Super Regional, Tallahassee, Fla.
Game 2: MICHIGAN at No. 8 Florida State, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 3: MICHIGAN at No. 8 Florida State (if necessary), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Tuscaloosa Super Regional, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Game 2: NEBRASKA at No. 2 Alabama, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 3: NEBRASKA at No. 2 Alabama (if necessary), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 2 Alabama 6, NEBRASKA 5 (12 innings)
Nebraska jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a pair of runs in both the first and second inning. Alabama countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second to trim the Huskers' lead to 4-2. Nebraska pulled ahead 5-2 in the top of the fourth, but the Crimson Tide remained close with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 5-4. Alabama forced extra innings (5-5) with one run in the bottom of the seventh after a leadoff home run, and walked off in the bottom of the 12th frame after Peyton Grantham hit a solo homer to left center field.
Nebraska will look to even the series on Friday night. First pitch from Tuscaloosa is set for 8 p.m. ET.
MICHIGAN 17, No. 8 Florida State 3 (6 innings)
Michigan moved one step closer to its second straight Women's College World Series with a convincing 17-3, six-inning win over Florida State in the Super Regional opener for both teams on Thursday night.
The Wolverines plated seven runs in the top of the third inning to claim an 8-3 lead that they would not relinquish. Michigan added eight more runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach. The top seven hitters in the Wolverines' lineup all tallied at least one hit, with the 3-7 batters posting a combined 12 hits.
Freshman hurler Megan Betsa was credited with the win after pitching 4.1 innings of shutout softball. She scattered just three hits while striking out seven in the relief appearance. Michigan and Florida State will resume their three-game Super Regional series on Friday beginning at 4 p.m. ET.
The Big Ten will send three teams to the NCAA Super Regional round this weekend for the first time in conference history. Since the NCAA instituted the format in 2005, the Big Ten has sent two teams to Super Regionals six times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013).
Thursday's Super Regional Schedule
Tallahassee Super Regional, Tallahassee, Fla.
Game 1: MICHIGAN at No. 8 Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Tuscaloosa Super Regional, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Game 1: NEBRASKA at No. 2 Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MICHIGAN SECURES BIG TEN'S THIRD SUPER REGIONAL BERTH
Michigan 5, No. 9 Arizona State 4 (Game Two) (Sunday, May 18)
Michigan enjoyed a seventh inning for the ages on Sunday night, scoring the tying and go-ahead runs on two swings of the bat en route to a 5-4 win over ninth-seeded Arizona State. With the victory, the Wolverines joined Minnesota and Nebraska in next weekend's NCAA Super Regionals. Michigan will take on Florida State. Sierra Lawrence got things started with a solo home run, followed by a homer by Taylor Hasselbach. In the bottom half of the seventh inning, Lyndsay Doyle capped off the frame with a stellar defensive play in center field, catching a possible game-tying home run off the bat of Amber Freeman. The 5-6-7 hitters in Michigan's lineup accounted for all five runs.
MINNESOTA ADVANCES TO FIRST SUPER REGIONAL
No. 16 Minnesota 8, Auburn 6 (Game Two) (Sunday, May 18)
Minnesota won the second of two elimination games at the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Minneapolis Regional, defeating Auburn, 8-6, to reach its first-ever NCAA Super Regional. Freshman Sam Macken's three-run home run to right center in the bottom of the sixth inning provided the winning runs, as the Gophers rallied from a 6-3 deficit with five runs over the final three frames. Tyler Walker was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Kaitlyn Richardson went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Erica Meyer was 2-for-3 and scored twice, and Madie Eckstrom had two doubles in three at bats and scored two runs. Minnesota moves on to face top-seeded Oregon next weekend in Eugene, Oregon.
Michigan 4, No. 9 Arizona State 3 (Game One) (Sunday, May 18)
Both teams scored two runs in the first inning, with Big Ten Player of the Year Sierra Romero providing the RBI for the Wolverines with a two-run homer. Michigan claimed a lead it would not relinquish in the bottom of the third, after Caitlin Blanchard drove in Romero with a home run to right center. Arizona State pulled within one run (4-3) in the top of the fourth, but Michigan pitcher Haylie Wagner did not allow the Sun Devils to tie the game, earning the win in the circle after scattering just four hits. The win sets up a rematch between Michigan and Arizona State in the "if necessary" regional final. The game will begin shortly after 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
NEBRASKA SECURES SUPER REGIONAL BERTH
Nebraska 8, No. 15 Missouri 1 (Game Two) (Sunday, May 18)
The Huskers jumped out to a quick lead in game two. Alicia Armstrong drew a four-pitch walk to begin the game before Hailey Decker launched a two-run homer to center. Decker's homer was Nebraska's only hit until the fourth inning, when Taylor Edwards walked and Kylee Muir reached on a two-out error to extend the frame. Kiki Stokes then produced the Huskers' second hit, a three-run homer to right field that stretched Nebraska's lead to 5-0. The Huskers added three more insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Dawna Tyson led off with a single and with two outs, Decker blasted another two-run homer, this one to right field. Tatum Edwards then walked before her twin sister Taylor gave the Huskers an 8-1 lead with an RBI double. Decker ended the two-game series with four home runs. With the win, the Huskers advanced to the NCAA Tuscaloosa Super Regional, where they will face No. 2 Alabama. Nebraska became just the seventh team since the new NCAA Regional format began to lose its first game and go on to capture the regional title.
Auburn 4, No. 16 Minnesota 3 (8 innings) (Game One) (Sunday, May 18)
Auburn topped Minnesota, 4-3, to win its third straight elimination game at the Minneapolis Regional. With the win, the Tigers set up another elimination game against the 16th-seeded Gophers this afternoon. The Tigers opened the scoring in the bottom of the third, as two runs crossed the plate, and stretched their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth. The Gophers rallied with two outs in the top of the sixth, tying the game after an illegal pitch. Sara Groenwegen capped off the rally by lining a 2-0 pitch over the fence in right center for her 11th home run of the season to knot the score at 3-3. Auburn plated the winning run in the eighth frame after a home run by Jenna Abbott.
Nebraska 11, No. 15 Missouri 4 (Game One) (Sunday, May 18)
Nebraska forced a decisive "if necessary" championship game in the Columbia Regional after defeating host Missouri, 11-4, in game one. The Huskers plated seven runs in the third inning to break the game open. Hailey Decker hit a pair of home runs and tallied four RBI, while Tatum Edwards earned the win in the circle, pitching all 7.0 innings and surrendering just one earned run.
No. 1 Oregon 6, Wisconsin 0 (Sunday, May 18)
Top-seeded Oregon scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second and three in the fifth frame to eliminate the Badgers from NCAA Regional play. Wisconsin ends its season with a 36-20 record, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. The Badgers, who had never made back-to-back NCAA Tournament trips prior to this spring, have won a combined four postseason games in the past two seasons.
NCAA Tournament Schedule: Sunday, May 18
Columbia Regional Final
NEBRASKA at No. 15 Missouri, 1 p.m. ET*
Eugene Regional Final
WISCONSIN at No. 1 Oregon, 2 p.m. ET*
Minneapolis Regional Final
No. 16 MINNESOTA vs. Auburn, 2:30 p.m. (BTN)
Tempe Regional Final
MICHIGAN at No. 9 Arizona State, 5:30 p.m.* (ESPNU)
All times Eastern
*Will need to defeat respective opponent twice to advance to NCAA Super Regionals
Michigan 9, San Diego State 1 (6 innings) (Saturday, May 17)
Michigan scored multiple runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings, posting a run-rule win over San Diego State in an elimination game Saturday night in the Tempe Regional. The Wolverines move on, and will face host Arizona State in a rematch on Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET. Big Ten Player of the Year Sierra Romero collected five RBI in the game, including a grand slam in the fourth inning that scored Nicole Sappingfield, Lyndsay Doyle and Abby Ramirez. Freshman pitcher Megan Betsa picked up the win in the circle, allowing just four hits while striking out six in 5.2 innings of work.
Nebraska 2, Kansas 1 (Saturday, May 17)
Nebraska avenged Friday's loss to Kansas, posting a 2-1 victory over the Jayhawks on Saturday night to advance to the Columbia Regional final. The Huskers will take on Missouri at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Nebraska's Hailey Decker and Dawna Tyson each produced RBI, while hurler Emily Lockman earned the win in the circle. Kansas was limited to just three hits in the game.
Wisconsin 8, Albany 4 (Saturday, May 17)
Albany built a 4-0 lead through three innings, but Wisconsin countered with two runs in each of the fourth and fifth stanzas to tie the score at 4-4. The Badgers added four runs in the top of the seventh to post the 8-4, come-from-behind win. Mary Massei was 4-of-5 from the plate, while Stephanie Peace and Chloe Miller each drove in three runs. Taylor-Paige Stewart earned the win in the circle. The Badgers will take on top-seeded Oregon in the Eugene Regional final at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Nebraska 9, Bradley 0 (5 innings) (Saturday, May 17)
Nebraska senior pitcher Tatum Edwards delivered her second career no-hitter as the Huskers stayed alive in the Columbia Regional with a 9-0 win over Bradley in five innings. She faced only one batter over the minimum, notching her ninth shutout of the season. The Huskers pounded out 14 hits in the win, including four home runs. The four homers pushed Nebraska's season total to 65 home runs, a school record, eclipsing the previous top mark of 62 home runs set in 1998. Nebraska faces another elimination game against Kansas on Saturday night for a spot in the regional final on Sunday.
No. 9 Arizona State 4, Michigan 1 (Saturday, May 17)
Michigan jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but yielded a four-run fourth inning in dropping a 4-1 decision versus host Arizona State. The Wolverines' Lyndsay Doyle, Nicole Sappingfield, Sierra Romero and Caitlin Blanchard all collected one hit in the contest, while Haylie Wagner scattered six hits and four unearned runs in the circle. Michigan will play an elimination game against either San Diego State or Dartmouth tonight (Saturday, May 17) at 11 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
No. 12 Washington 9, Northwestern 0 (5 innings) (Saturday, May 17)
Northwestern's season came to an end after a 9-0 loss vs. 12th-seeded Washington in the Seattle Regional Championship final. The Huskies scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings, and plated sixth runs in the fifth to earn the run-rule win. The Wildcats finish the 2014 season with a 35-18 record after advancing to their sixth Regional Championship game in the past 10 years.
No. 16 Minnesota 4, North Dakota State 1 (10 innings) (Saturday, May 17)
Minnesota pitcher Sara Groenwegen was brilliant in relief, pitching 6.1 innings of no-hit softball as the Gophers remained unbeaten in NCAA Tournament play with a 4-1 win over North Dakota State in 10 innings. Minnesota struck first with one run in the second inning after a sacrifice fly by Erica Meyer scored Groenwegen. North Dakota State answered with its lone run in the fourth, and the score remained tied at 1-1 until the top of the 10th inning, when Minnesota plated three runs to post the 4-1 victory. Kaitlyn Richardson and Meyer combined for three RBI in the frame. Groenwegen earned the win in the circle. Minnesota advances to Saturday's Regional Championship at 2:30 p.m. ET.
No. 1 Oregon 6, Wisconsin 1 (Saturday, May 17)
Through five innings, Wisconsin was locked in a 1-1 tie with No. 1 overall seed Oregon, but the Ducks plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth to post an eventual 6-1 victory. Wisconsin tied the game at 1-1 after Stephanie Peace led off the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run. Oregon tallied four straight hits in the sixth frame, and completed the five-run rally with a home run by Janelle Lindvall. The Badgers will play an elimination game at 8 p.m. (ET) Saturday against the winner of the 5 p.m. Albany-Utah Valley game.
NCAA Tournament Schedule: Saturday, May 17
WISCONSIN at No. 1 Oregon, 2:30 p.m.
No. 16 MINNESOTA vs. North Dakota State, 2:30 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at No. 12 Washington, 3 p.m. (Regional Final)
MICHIGAN at No. 4 Arizona State, 6 p.m.
NEBRASKA vs. Bradley, 7 p.m.
All times Eastern
Northwestern 8, BYU 3 (Friday, May 16)
Northwestern avenged a Thursday night loss to BYU, scoring a combined six runs in the first four innings to post an 8-3 win at Husky Stadium. Five Wildcats posted multi-hit efforts, including the top three batters in the order. Sammy Albanese recorded a dominant relief effort in the circle, limiting BYU to just six hits and zero runs in 6.0 innings pitched after the Wildcats fell behind 3-1 in the first inning.
Minnesota 10, Green Bay 1 (5 innings) (Friday, May 16)
Minnesota scored two runs in the third, one in the fourth, and broke open the game with seven scores in the fifth inning to secure the run-rule win. Seven Gophers collected hits in the game, while Sara Moulton scattered just one hit and one unearned run in 5.0 innings of work. Minnesota will take on North Dakota State on Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Northwestern 14, Iona 4 (6 innings) (Friday, May 16)
Iona jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Northwestern answered with four runs in the top of the third inning to claim a 4-2 lead. The Gaels tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the frame, but the Wildcats scored four more runs in the top of the fourth inning, extending their lead to 8-4. Northwestern secured the run-rule win with six runs in the top of the sixth stanza. Kristen Wood recorded the win in the circle, pitching 6.0 innings while striking out nine batters. Emily Allard and Mari Majam each collected three hits offensively. Northwestern will take on BYU for the second time in as many days beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday.
Wisconsin 1, Albany 0 (Friday, May 16)
Wisconsin's Mary Massei hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, providing all the scoring the Badgers would need in a 1-0 shutout of Albany. Cassandra Darrah went the distance in the circle, allowing just four hits while striking out six. Wisconsin will play Saturday at 2 p.m. ET against the winner of Oregon-Utah Valley.
Michigan 8, San Diego State 7 (9 innings) (Friday, May 16)
Michigan scored in each of the first four innings, and claimed a 7-4 lead heading into the top of the seventh. San Diego State plated three runs in the frame to tie the score at 7-7 and push the contest into extra innings. The score remained tied until the bottom of the ninth, when Michigan's Haylie Wagner hit a sacrifice fly to score Lindsay Montemarano from third base. Michigan will play Saturday at 6 p.m. ET against the winner of Arizona State-Dartmouth.
Kansas 3, Nebraska 1 (Friday, May 16)
Kansas jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and held Nebraska scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, when Kiki Stokes delivered an RBI single up the middle to make the score 3-1. The Jayhawks recorded just one hit over the final six innings, but its first-inning rally proved to be the difference. Nebraska will take on the loser of the Missouri-Bradley contest in an elimination matchup scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.
NCAA Tournament Schedule: Friday, May 16
NEBRASKA vs. Kansas, 1:30 p.m.
MICHIGAN vs. San Diego State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
WISCONSIN vs. Albany, 5 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN vs. Iona, 6:30 p.m.
No. 16 MINNESOTA vs. Green Bay, 7:30 p.m.
All times Eastern
BYU 7, Northwestern 2 (Thursday, May 15)
The Big Ten's first game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament was a pitcher's duel through four innings, but BYU scored five runs in the top of the fifth, and two in the sixth frame, to post a 7-2 win over Northwestern Thursday evening. The Wildcats will return to action in the Friday loser's bracket game at 6:30 p.m. ET against the loser of Thursday night's Washington and Iona game.
The NCAA Softball Tournament gets underway Thursday with Northwestern facing BYU in the Seattle Regional beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin will begin regional action on Friday. This page will be updated throughout the NCAA Softball Tournament.