TCA product Ivy shines as UT rolls
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 5:06 pm
By: By JEFF LATZKE, AP Sports Writer
Trinity Christian Acad-emy product Ivy Renfroe struck out six in a spotless World Series debut and Tennessee took advantage of a wild outing by Arizona starter Kenzie Fowler to coast to a 9-0 victory in five innings.
Lady Vols Erinn Webb and Jessica Spigner both knocked two-run doubles.
Fowler (34-7) walked eight in three-plus innings marred by eight illegal pitches, including a pair that brought in runs for the 15th-seeded Lady Vols (48-13).
Webb’s double to right-center was the only hit in a four-run third inning for Tennessee, which tacked on three more runs in the fourth.
Spigner’s two-run double made it 9-0 and put the Lady Vols in position to stop the game after five innings because of the mercy rule.
It was the second straight mercy rule defeat at the World Series for eight-time national champion Arizona (48-12), which was eliminated in a 14-0 loss to Alabama last year.
Renfroe (30-4) allowed only three singles to an Arizona offense averaging 7.5 runs.
Tennessee will face Southeastern Conference rival Georgia tonight, following another winners’ bracket game between UCLA and surprising Hawaii.
Georgia 6, Washington 3
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Megan Wiggins hit a tiebreaking three-run home run off national player of the year Danielle Lawrie in the sixth inning and Georgia capped a day of upsets at college softball’s championship event by rallying to beat defending champion Washington 6-3 on Thursday night.
Lawrie (40-4), who came in with a 1.00 ERA, took a three-run lead in the first inning but struggled against the Bulldogs for the second straight year at the World Series. The only loss for Lawrie and the Huskies at last year’s event was a 9-8 extra-inning decision against Georgia.
Washington (50-8) also lost its super regional opener last weekend before Lawrie pitched back-to-back shutouts to put the Huskies back in the World Series. Lawrie called that loss an eye-opener that she didn’t want to end her career in such negative fashion, but she took this one differently.
Wiggins had an RBI single as Georgia strung together a series of hits and scored twice in the fifth to tie it. She then hammered a 2-1 pitch from Lawrie over the center-field fence to put the Bulldogs ahead.
The Huskies drop into the losers’ bracket and face eight-time champion Arizona on Saturday in an elimination game. Only two teams — Texas A&M in 1983 and UCLA in 2003 — have gone on to win the title after losing their opening game.
Hawaii 3, Missouri 2
Traci Yoshikawa hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning and Alexandra Aguirre also homered as the Rainbow Wahine found a way to win in their final at-bat for a third straight game.
With the nation’s top home run hitter waiting on deck, Yoshikawa drove the first pitch from Kristin Nottelmann (24-8) over the right field wall.
Hawaii (50-14) has been on the road for 24 straight days after powering its way to its first World Series appearance. The Rainbow Wahine have an NCAA record 156 home runs this season, including Yoshikawa’s game-winner and Aguirre’s solo shot in the second inning that provided a 1-0 lead.
Rhea Taylor homered and scored twice for ninth-seeded Missouri (51-12), which made back-to-back World Series appearances for the first time in school history.
Taylor alertly raced home to tie it as Hawaii was slow getting the ball back in after Nicole Hudson’s double to right field in the third. Her solo home run to left off starter Stephanie Ricketts (30-8) made it 2-1 in the fifth.
UCLA 16, Florida 3
Andrea Harrison homered twice and drove in six runs, Megan Langenfeld went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI, and UCLA broke the World Series record for runs in a game.
Harrison hit three-run homers in the first and sixth innings as the Bruins (46-11) surpassed Alabama’s World Series record of 14 runs scored in a shutout against Arizona last year.
The teams’ combined run totals were also a World Series record. The game was shortened to six innings because of the mercy rule.
Langenfeld (12-1) provided the final blow with a two-run homer to left field to cap UCLA’s nine-run sixth inning. She also threw five scoreless innings of relief after Tiffany DeFelice of Florida (48-9) tied the game with a three-run double in the second inning.
Stephanie Brombacher (34-7) gave up five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, getting pulled after she threw a series of illegal pitches.