May 20, 2006
Michigan 1, Oklahoma 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Jennie Ritter (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) shut out the Oklahoma Sooners through nine innings, allowing three hits and striking out 15, until sophomore Alessandra Giampaolo (Pasadena, Calif./Polytechnic) could connect on her second game-winning hit of the NCAA postseason to give the University of Michigan softball team a 1-0 win Saturday afternoon (May 20) at Alumni Field.
Ritter allowed a pair of infield hits in regulation and a single through the right side in the ninth but otherwise kept the Sooners in check, extending her postseason shutout streak to 42.0 innings, stretching back to the 2005 Women's College World Series.
Northwestern 9, Notre Dame 0
EVANSTON, Ill. -- In a rematch of last season's winner's bracket game at the NCAA Regional in South Bend, Ind., 2006 No. 4 overall seed Northwestern blasted Notre Dame, 9-0, in five innings Saturday morning at Sharon J. Drysdale Field to advance to the regional championship game Sunday.
The Wildcats will face the winner of Saturday's final elimination game at noon Sunday, May 21, for the right to go to the Super Regional round of 16.
Penn State 2, Long Island 1
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Penn State (38-16) used a comeback win to defeat Long Island (34-14), 2-1, in NCAA regional softball action to advance to play Hofstra (37-19) on Sunday. The winner of the that game will advance to the championship series where it will have to beat No. 6 Arizona State (49-13) twice to earn a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals next weekend.
With Sunday's win, Penn State tied the program record for the number of victories in a season. Previously, the Lions had also won 38 in 2000.
Illinois State 3, Iowa 2
IOWA CITY, IA - Illinois State scored three early runs via the long ball and held on for a 3-2 win over Iowa at Pearl Field Saturday afternoon. The Redbirds advance to play Nebraska in an elimination game tonight at 7 p.m. (CDT). The loss ends Iowa's season with a record of 39-22.
Randi Patton got Illinois State (38-15) on the board in the top of the first when she hit her eighth homerun of the year over the right field fence to give the Redbirds a 1-0 lead.
Texas 3, Indiana 0
Austin - The Indiana softball team could not overcome early errors and the strength of Texas' pitching, falling to the No. 3 Texas Longhorns, 3-0, on May 20, at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin. Despite solid innings from senior pitchers Mariangee Bogado and Megan Roark, who combined to allow only four hits, the Hoosiers could not get things rolling at the plate against the region's top seed.
With the loss, Indiana fell to 30-24-1 on the season, while Texas improved to 51-7 on the year.