Florida State flexes its muscle, Michigan and LSU win marathons in NCAA softball regionals

Zoe Casas, Cali Harrod, Carsyn Gordon and Sydney Sherrill slug back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers in Florida State's rout of South Florida.


While extra-inning marathons and walk-off celebrations popped up across the country on Saturday in the regional round of the NCAA softball tournament, the top five seeds barely broke a sweat.

Fourth-seeded Florida State became the first team in tournament history to hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs in its 12-1, five-inning win over South Florida. The Seminoles hit six home runs in all, raising their nation-leading total to 103.

Top-seeded Oklahoma followed up its combined perfect game on Friday with a Giselle Juarez no-hitter on Saturday in a 4-0 win over Wisconsin. Fifth-seeded Florida got a combined no-hitter from Kelly Barnhill and Natalie Lugo in an 8-0 win over Boise State.

Second-seeded UCLA rode two Bubba Nickles home runs to a 9-1 win over Missouri. Third-seeded Washington got a pair of homers from Morganne Flores in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State.

All told, the top five national seeds have outscored opponents 70-3, including seven shutouts, three no-hitters and one perfect game.

The staredown of the day featured Michigan's Meghan Beaubien and James Madison's Megan Good. The two aces were locked in a scoreless showdown into the 12th inning, when Michigan won 1-0. The two combined for 348 pitches and 20 strikeouts.

LSU hogged its home field for 4 hours, 25 minutes, but walked off with a 5-4, 13-inning win over Texas Tech.

And Oklahoma State became the first of 16 teams to clinch a spot in the super regionals, which will open Thursday. Eight of those teams will advance to the Women's College World Series starting May 30 in Oklahoma City. A national champion will be crowned June 4 or 5.

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Norman Regional, hosted by No. 1 Oklahoma

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Giselle Juarez has yet to give up a hit in 10 innings pitched in the Norman Regional.

Giselle Juarez hit Caroline Hedgecock with a pitch in the second inning of Oklahoma's 4-0 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. Then she walked a batter in the sixth.

Over two games across 10 innings, those are her only blips.

Juarez (24-0) followed up her three perfect innings on Friday with a no-hitter on Saturday. She struck out a season-high 16.

Juarez and two other Oklahoma pitchers combined on a perfect game in the Sooners' 12-0 win over UMBC on Friday. Oklahoma became the fifth team to throw no-hitters in consecutive tournament games.

The Sooners took a two-run lead into the seventh inning, when senior Caleigh Clifton hit a two-run home run to double the Sooners' cushion. It was Clifton's third hit of the day and her second home run of the regionals.

Oklahoma extended its Division I record single-season winning streak to 41. Oklahoma has outscored its opponents 333-37 during the streak. The Sooners' last loss came on Feb. 22 to UCLA.

Oklahoma will play Wisconsin again in the regional final after the Badgers stunned Notre Dame 5-4 in the Norman nightcap.

Senior Stephanie Lombardo hit a walk-off three-run home run with two outs in Wisconsin's five-run seventh inning to extend the Badgers' season.

Game 1: Wisconsin 4, Notre Dame 2
Game 2: (1) Oklahoma 12, UMBC 0

Game 3: (1) Oklahoma 4, Wisconsin 0
Game 4: Notre Dame 2, UMBC 0 (UMBC eliminated) 
Game 5: Wisconsin 5, Notre Dame 4 (Notre Dame eliminated)

Game 6: (1) Oklahoma (51-2) vs. Wisconsin (42-13)
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 4:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Regional, hosted by No. 2 UCLA

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Bubba Nickles knocked in a career-high five runs on Saturday to send UCLA spotless into Sunday.

Bubba Nickles hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the fourth inning, in a 9-1 five-inning win over Missouri on Saturday. The five RBIs were a career high for Nickles.

Aaliyah Jordan also homered for the Bruins.

Rachel Garcia, who pitched six perfect innings on Friday night, gave up one hit over 4 1/3 innings. She struck out six.

UCLA needs one more win on Sunday over Missouri, which shut out Weber State in the Saturday finale, to advance to the super regionals.


Game 1: Missouri 7, vs. Cal State Fullerton 4
Game 2: (2) UCLA 6, vs. Weber State 0

Game 3: (2) UCLA 9, Missouri 1
Game 4: Weber State 7, Cal State Fullerton 3 (Cal State Fullerton eliminated)
Game 5: Missouri 7, Weber State 0 (Weber State eliminated)

Game 6: UCLA (48-5) vs. Missouri (34-24), 5 p.m.
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 7:30 p.m.

Seattle Regional, hosted by No. 3 Washington

Washington catcher Morganne Flores was forced to sit out last season after injuring her knee. She's making up for lost time this postseason.

Flores hit two home runs and knocked in four runs on Saturday to lead Washington to a 6-1 win over Mississippi State.

The redshirt junior followed a Sis Bates bunt in the first inning with a shot to left field. It was a near carbon copy in the third, when Flores again knocked in Bates to give Washington a 5-1 lead.

Taran Alvelo scattered six hits and struck out eight in her complete-game win.

Flores also knocked in both runs in the Huskies' 2-0 win over Fordham on Friday night.

Washington, the runner-up in 2018, is one win away from advancing to the super regionals. The Huskies will play Mississippi State again in Sunday's regional final after the Bulldogs made history in their 7-3 win over Seattle.

Mia Davidson hit her 26th home run of the year, breaking the SEC single-season record. She entered the game tied with Alex Hugo (Georgia) and Kelly Kretschman (Alabama). Davidson's 26 are the most in the nation this season.


Game 1: Mississippi State 5, Seattle 3
Game 2: (3) Washington 2, Fordham 0

Game 3: (3) Washington 6, Mississippi State 1
Game 4: Seattle 1, Fordham 0 (8 innings) (Fordham eliminated)
Game 5: Mississippi State 7, Seattle 3 (Seattle eliminated)

Game 6: (3) Washington (47-7) vs. Mississippi State (35-22), 9 p.m.
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 11:30 p.m.

Tallahassee Regional, hosted by No. 4 Florida State

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Freshman Makinzy Herzog hit a grand slam Saturday to give Florida State a 6-0 lead against South Florida.

Freshman Makinzy Herzog hit a grand slam in the third inning and looked like she would be the Florida State headliner on Saturday in Tallahassee.

Then the Seminoles hit not one, not two, not three, but four consecutive blasts over the fence in the fifth inning. It was a stunning display from Florida State en route to a five-inning, 12-1 victory. Florida State is the first team since 2016 to hit four consecutive home runs, and the first to do so in the postseason.

Hitting home runs is what FSU has done all season. The Seminoles entered Saturday's game with 97 home runs, shattering the previous school record of 76. The six home runs Saturday put Florida State at 103 (and counting). Leslie Farris' two-run homer in the fourth almost became a footnote.

Florida State needs one more win on Sunday to claim one of the 16 spots in the super regionals.


Game 1: South Florida 3, South Carolina 2
Game 2: (4) Florida State 8, Bethune-Cookman 0 (5 innings)

Game 3: (4) Florida State 12, South Florida 1
Game 4: South Carolina 10, vs. Bethune-Cookman 0 (5 innings)
Game 5: South Carolina 2, South Florida 1 (10 innings) (South Florida eliminated)

Game 6: (4) Florida State (53-8) vs. South Carolina (38-18), noon
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 2:30 p.m.

Gainesville Regional, hosted by No. 5 Florida

Florida waited until the fifth inning on Friday to get its first hit against Boston University. On Saturday, the Gators scored six runs in the first inning of an 8-0 win over Boise State.

Junior Jade Caraway went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a run scored. The Gators had eight hits and six walks on the day.

Kelly Barnhill and Natalie Lugo combined for a Florida no-hitter.

Florida needs one win Sunday to advance to the super regionals.


Game 1: Boise State 9, Stanford 1
Game 2: (5) Florida 3, BU 0

Game 3: (5) Florida 8, Boise State 0
Game 4: Stanford 13, BU 2 (5 innings) (BU eliminated)
Game 5: Boise State 2, Stanford 0 (Stanford eliminated) 

Game 6: (5) Florida (46-15) vs. Boise State (36-15), noon
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 2:30 p.m.

Tucson Regional, hosted by No. 6 Arizona

Taylor McQuillin pitched a complete game and pinch-hitter Tamara Statman drove home both runs as sixth-seeded Arizona edged Auburn 2-1 to advance to Sunday's regional final.

The Wildcats appeared they might break a scoreless game wide open with runners at second and third and nobody out in the fourth inning. But Auburn got the next two hitters before Statman came through with her pinch-hit single up the middle.

Auburn's Bree Fornis made it interesting with a solo homer to lead off the seventh, but McQuillin was able to hold on for the win. Arizona will face Auburn again in Sunday's final for the right to advance to the super regionals.

Auburn pitcher Ashlee Swindle left Friday's game on a cart in the top of the sixth inning after being struck in the face by a line drive. On Saturday, Auburn said in a release that Swindle had suffered a concussion and would miss Sunday's regional final.


Game 1: Auburn 10, Colorado State 5
Game 2: (6) Arizona 5, Harvard 1

Game 3: (6) Arizona 2, Auburn 1
Game 4: Colorado State 6, Harvard 0 (Harvard eliminated)
Game 5: Auburn 8, Colorado State 0 (Colorado State eliminated)

Game 6: (6) Arizona (44-12) vs. Auburn (39-20), 7 p.m.
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 9:30 p.m.

Minneapolis Regional, hosted by No. 7 Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- Spring in Minnesota can be notoriously fickle, and Saturday felt more like a miserable day in late fall -- cold, windy and damp, with temperatures in the high 40s. Fans at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium broke out fleece and blankets as Minnesota took on Georgia. The Gophers rewarded them with something they hadn't done all year: They won when trailing after six innings.

Hope Brandner's walk-off home run leading off the eighth completed the comeback as the Gophers won 2-1 to advance to Sunday's regional final.

Brandner, sitting on a change-up after seeing several earlier from Georgia starter Mary Wilson Avant, drove a 1-0 change over the wall in left-center to the base of the football practice facility. Minnesota had been 0-9 when trailing after six innings.

"Today was the turning point for our team, finding a way to win this game when in previous games, we might have let that frustration and disappointment carry over to our pitching and defense," Minnesota coach Jamie Trachsel said. "Today, we didn't. We were strong there."

Gophers starter Amber Fiser carried a no-hitter into the sixth until Jordan Doggett homered with one out, only Doggett's second of the season. Fiser finished with a two-hitter (Doggett added an infield hit in the eighth) and eight strikeouts. Avant, meanwhile, took a two-hit shutout to the seventh, giving her 10 consecutive scoreless innings in the regional.

But in the seventh, Avant walked No. 8 hitter Ali Lindner on a full count, then hit pinch-hitter Taylor Chell with a 1-2 pitch. That brought up MaKenna Partain at the top of the order. With Trachsel, coaching third base, waving her arms to get the crowd of 1,082 up and cheering, Partain singled through the middle to tie the game.

Brandner's homer, her 19th -- one short of Kendyl Lindaman's school record -- was Minnesota's first extra-base hit in the regional.

"I knew our offense was going to come through," said Fiser (28-7). "It sucks that it took that long, but that's what postseason is all about. You never know what's going to happen. It was amazing."

The Gophers will have to wait to find out whom they will play in the final. Georgia was leading Drake 4-2 in the fifth inning when the game was suspended due to lightning and rain.

-- Pat Borzi


Game 1: Georgia 6, Drake 4 (8 innings)
Game 2: (7) Minnesota 3, North Dakota State 0

Game 3: (7) Minnesota 2, Georgia 1 (8 innings)
Game 4: Drake 8, North Dakota State 0 (North Dakota State eliminated)
Game 5: Georgia (41-18) vs. Drake (43-15), suspended

Game 6: (7) Minnesota (43-12) vs. Georgia-Drake winner, 4 p.m.
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 6:30 p.m.

Tuscaloosa Regional, hosted by No. 8 Alabama

Alabama won its 39th straight regional game and punched its ticket to the regional final with a come-from-behind, 7-4 victory over Arizona State.

The Tide had to work to keep the streak alive on Saturday.

Alabama played catch-up from the start after going down two runs in the first. The Crimson Tide tied it 2-2 in the first but gave up another two runs to the Sun Devils in the second.

Alabama went ahead for good in the third when senior Caroline Hardy, who had 11 hits on the season, hit a bases-loaded, three-run double on an 0-2 count.

SEC freshman of the year Montana Fouts pitched a complete game and struck out 12. Bailey Hemphill had an RBI single in the first to become the fourth player in Alabama history to knock in 70 runs in a season.

Alabama is now 45-1 in regional play since the current format began in 2005. The Crimson Tide have outscored opponents 335-64 over that span.


Game 1: Arizona State 4, Lipscomb 3
Game 2: (8) Alabama 8, Alabama State 2

Game 3: Arizona State (34-18) vs. (8) Alabama (53-7), 2 p.m.
Game 4: Lipscomb 14, Alabama State 0 (5 innings) (Alabama State eliminated)
Game 5: Arizona State 10, Lipscomb 1 (6 innings) (Lipscomb eliminated)


Game 6: Alabama (54-7) vs. Arizona State (35-19), 2 p.m.
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 4:30 p.m.

Austin Regional, hosted by No. 9 Texas

Sam Houston State catcher Bailey White fields a bunt, but her throw to second base is off the mark, allowing two Houston runs to score.

It was a Texas two-step on Saturday, as the Longhorns escaped elimination with a 3-2, extra-innings win over Texas A&M, then rode Miranda Elish's arm to a 3-0 win over Sam Houston State to advance to the Austin Regional final.

Texas now must beat Houston twice Sunday to earn a trip to the super regionals.

Elish pitched both games for Texas, striking out 20 batters and walking just two in the two games. She threw a combined 229 pitches.

"I haven't thrown back-to-back games since, like, travel ball," Elish said after the second game, which started just a half hour after the eighth-inning win over Texas A&M. "So, that was something a little new."

Elish received offensive support from fellow Oregon transfer Shannon Rhodes, who hit a two-run homer against Texas A&M and launched another two-run shot against Sam Houston State.

It was Rhodes' throwing error in the bottom of the seventh that allowed Texas A&M to score the tying run in Saturday's opening game, but Texas scored in the top of the eighth when Janae Jefferson legged out a double and scored on Reagan Hathaway's bunt single and throwing error. Elish shut down the Aggies in the bottom half to stave off elimination.

In the nightcap, Texas and Elish had a precarious 1-0 lead in the sixth inning when Rhodes, who hadn't hit a home run in more than a month, launched a two-run shot over the left-field wall.

Elish is a perfect 5-0 in the NCAA regional round. She's 10-3 overall in postseason play, with her only three losses coming with Oregon in the Women's College World Series, to Oklahoma in 2017 and to Washington and national champion Florida State last season.


Game 1: Houston 3, Texas A&M 1
Game 2: Sam Houston State 2,Texas 1

Game 3: Houston 5, Sam Houston State 0
Game 4: 9) Texas 3, Texas A&M 2 (8 innings) (Texas A&M eliminated)
Game 5: (9) Texas 3, Sam Houston State 0 (Sam Houston State eliminated)

Game 6: Houston (39-17) vs. (9) Texas (43-15), 4:30 p.m.
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 7 p.m.

Baton Rouge Regional, hosted by No. 10 LSU

Sophomore Shelbi Sunseri delivers through 13 innings, retiring 27 of the last 30 batters faced to set up the Tigers for a 5-4 walk-off victory.

It took 13 innings over 4 hours and 25 minutes, but LSU finally advanced to the Baton Rouge regional final with a 5-4 win over Texas Tech on Saturday.

Amanda Doyle scored the walk-off win on Taryn Antoine's one-out sacrifice fly to right field for the 10th-seeded Tigers. Doyle led off inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Savannah Stewart. Amber Serrett beat out a sharp grounder to third to put runners at first and second with one down before Michaela Schlattman's looping base hit into left-center loaded the bases, setting up Antoine's sacrifice fly.

Shelbi Sunseri pitched all 13 innings for the Tigers. She gave up four earned runs, struck out eight, walked three and threw 179 pitches.

It was the first time this season LSU had gone to extra innings, but the eighth time since 2010 the Tigers played beyond seven innings in the NCAA tournament, more than any other team.

LSU had also loaded the bases in the bottom of the 12th inning -- with nobody out -- but couldn't push the winning run across. Schlattman was hit by a pitch to start the inning. A throwing error on Antoine's grounder allowed pinch runner Sydney Bourg to reach second, and the Tigers loaded the bases on a bunt single by Aliyah Andrews. But Bourg was forced at home on Amanda Sanchez's fielder's choice grounder, Sunseri popped up for the second out and Shemiah Sanchez grounded out to end the threat.

Texas Tech scored four runs in the first inning to put LSU in a hole early, but the Tigers scored three in the fourth inning and tied it in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Shemiah Sanchez to score Antoine.

Trenity Edwards, Peyton Blythe and Zoe Jones all picked up RBIs as the Red Raiders scored four runs on three hits and an error to start the game.

LSU plated three runs in the fourth. A bases-loaded walk scored Serrett, who had tripled to start the inning, with the Tigers' first run. Sunseri added a sacrifice fly and Elyse Thornhill scored on a throwing error to pull LSU to within a run.

Texas Tech earned a rematch with a 3-1 win over Louisiana Tech in the nightcap.


Game 1: Texas Tech 3, Louisiana Tech 0
Game 2: (10) LSU 2, Monmouth 0

Game 3: (10) LSU 5, Texas Tech 4
Game 4: Louisiana Tech 1, Monmouth 0 (Monmouth eliminated) 
Game 5: Texas Tech 3, Louisiana Tech 1 (Louisiana Tech eliminated)

Game 6: LSU (42-16) vs. Texas Tech (41-15),  4 p.m.
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary),  6:30 p.m.

Oxford Regional, hosted by No. 11 Ole Miss

Junior Summer Ellyson pitched a three-hit shutout to give the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns to a 2-0 win over 11th-seeded Ole Miss and a spot in Sunday's regional final.

Ellyson (39-4), who leads the nation in wins, struck out seven and walked one.

The difference in the game proved to be the third inning, when a throwing error from Ole Miss catcher Autumn Gillespie to second base resulted in both Louisiana base runners scoring.

Ole Miss also got a strong performance from junior Molly Jacobsen, who struck out 10 and also only allowed three hits.

Louisiana needs one more win over Ole Miss on Sunday to advance to the super regionals.


Game 1: Louisiana 3, Southeast Missouri State 2
Game 2: (11) Ole Miss 12, Chattanooga 0 (5 innings)

Game 3: Louisiana 2, vs. (11) Ole Miss 0
Game 4: Southeast Missouri State 2, Chattanooga 1 (Chattanooga eliminated)
Game 5: (11) Ole Miss 10, SE Missouri State 0 (5 innings) (SE Missouri State eliminated) 

Game 6: Louisiana (52-4) vs. (11) Ole Miss (39-18), 3 p.m.
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 5:30 p.m.

Knoxville Regional, hosted by No. 12 Tennessee

Cailin Hannon's three-run home run put No. 12 seed Tennessee a victory away from the super regionals after the Vols beat Ohio State 12-4 on Saturday.

Tennessee trailed 2-1 after the first inning when Lilli Piper and Ashley Prange each hit solo homers, but Hannon hit a two-out three-run homer off Morgan Ray in the third inning to put the Vols up for good.

Aubrey Leach went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored while Haley Bearden went 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs for Tennessee, which had lost four of its last seven games heading into the NCAA tournament.

North Carolina eliminated Longwood and Ohio State on Saturday to advance to the regional final.


Game 1: Ohio State 1, North Carolina 0
Game 2: (12) Tennessee 8, Longwood 0 (6 innings)

Game 3: (12) Tennessee 12, Ohio State 4
Game 4: North Carolina 3, Longwood 1 (Longwood eliminated)
Game 5: North Carolina 5, Ohio State 3 (Ohio State eliminated)

Game 6: (12) Tennessee (41-14) vs. North Carolina (37-19), noon
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary),  2:30 p.m.

Stillwater Regional, hosted by No. 13 Oklahoma State

The first time Oklahoma State and Tulsa played one another this weekend, the Cowgirls' 13-10 win was an explosion of home runs. Their meeting Saturday night was the opposite. Oklahoma State punched its ticket to the super regionals with a 2-1 win over the Golden Hurricanes.

It's just the second time in program history that Oklahoma State has advanced to the super regionals. The first came in 2011, and the Cowgirls advanced to the Women's College World Series that year.

Oklahoma State senior pitcher Samantha Show threw a four-hit complete game and relied on her defense in Saturday's win. Oklahoma State drew first blood in the third inning with an RBI double from Madi Sue Montgomery. A Sydney Springfield RBI single in the fourth plated the other Cowgirls run.


Game 1: Tulsa 5, Arkansas 0
Game 2: (13) Oklahoma State 3, BYU 1

Game 3: (13) Oklahoma State 13, Tulsa 10
Game 4: BYU 6, Arkansas 3 (Arkansas eliminated)
Game 5: Tulsa 6, BYU 4 (BYU eliminated)

Game 6: (13) Oklahoma State 2, Tulsa 1 (Tulsa eliminated)

Oklahoma State advances to super regionals

Lexington Regional, hosted by No. 14 Kentucky

Kentucky is a win away from the super regionals after beating Virginia Tech 8-1 on Saturday.

Grace Baalman pitched seven strong innings while Kayla Kowalik had three hits for the Wildcats, who had lost three of their previous four games prior to the NCAA tournament.

Lauren Johnson put Kentucky on the board with an RBI triple in the fourth inning and scored on Jenny Schaper's single. The Wildcats scored four runs in the fifth inning on two hits, three errors and one wild pitch.

Kentucky will need one more win over Virginia Tech on Sunday to advance to super regionals.


Game 1: Virginia Tech 6, Illinois 2
Game 2: (14) Kentucky 7, Toledo 2

Game 3: (14) Kentucky 8, Virginia Tech 1
Game 4: Illinois 2, Toledo 0(Toledo eliminated)
Game 5: Virginia Tech 5, Illinois 1 (Illinois eliminated) 


Game 6: Kentucky (35-22) vs. Virginia Tech (47-10), noon
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 2:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor Regional, hosted by No. 15 Michigan

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Meghan Beaubien gave up just five hits and two walks in 12 innings pitched in Michigan's 1-0 win on Saturday.

Madison Uden hit a walk-off single in the 12th inning as Michigan beat James Madison 1-0 in thrilling fashion on Saturday.

Natalie Peters led off the 12th inning with a double down the left-field line and advanced to third on Alex Sobczak's flyout. Uden then lined a single just out of reach of a diving Victoria Figueroa to give Michigan the win.

Meghan Beaubien struck out 12 batters in a five-hit shutout. The Big Ten tournament MVP was in the zone when she retired 14 straight batters between the sixth and 10th innings. But she pitched into and out of trouble in the 11th and 12th innings, escaping two two-on, two-out jams.

Megan Good was just as impressive for the Dukes, throwing a career-high 182 pitches. She struck out eight batters in 11 2/3 innings and held the Wolverines to a 1-for-14 clip with runners in scoring position before Uden's walk-off.

James Madison earned another shot at Michigan after eliminating DePaul later Saturday. Odicci Alexander and Payton Buresch combined for the 3-0 shutout.


Game 1: James Madison 5, DePaul 2
Game 2: (15) Michigan 8, Saint Francis (Pa.) 0 (6 innings)

Game 3: (15) Michigan 1, James Madison 0 (12 innings)
Game 4: DePaul 3, Saint Francis 1 (Saint Francis eliminated)
Game 5: James Madison 3, DePaul 0 (DePaul eliminated)

Game 6: Michigan (45-11) vs. James Madison (49-8), 2 p.m.
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 4:30 p.m.

Evanston Regional, hosted by No. 16 Northwestern

Louisville sent Northwestern into the losers' bracket with a rain-delayed 2-1 win on Saturday.

Northwestern earned a Sunday rematch with an 8-1 win over Southern Illinois on Saturday night. Louisville needs one win to advance to the super regionals. Northwestern needs to win twice to advance.

Not much separated the teams in their first encounter.

Louisville led 1-0 in the fifth inning when a storm rolled through Evanston, delaying play for three hours. The Wildcats' offense, which lit up Detroit Mercy for 15 runs on Friday, never found a rhythm. Northwestern stranded nine runners.

Big Ten Freshman of the Year Danielle Williams gave up two hits -- both home runs -- and struck out 10.

Danielle Watson went the distance for Louisville, giving up four hits and six walks.


Game 1: Louisville 9, Southern Illinois 5
Game 2: (16) Northwestern 15, Detroit Mercy 1

Game 3: 16) Northwestern 2, Louisville (34-21) 1
Game 4: Southern Illinois 2, Detroit Mercy 1 (Detroit Mercy eliminated) 
Game 5: (16) Northwestern 8, Southern Illinois 1 (Southern Illinois eliminated)

Game 6: Louisville (35-21) vs. Northwestern (45-11), 2 p.m.
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 (if necessary), 4:30 p.m.

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