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Pac-12 Softball: Three in, Five Out for Supers

Joining No. 3 Oregon in next week's super regionals are No. 5 Arizona State and No. 11 Washington, two teams which won the WCWS in 2011 and 2009, respectively.


Three are in and five are out. No. 3 Oregon was the first Pac-12 team to earn a spot in next week's super regionals and after four days of competition No. 5 Arizona State and No. 11 Washington are joining the Ducks.

No. 5 ARIZONA STATE (48-10) will face No. 12 Kentucky (41-19) in its eighth straight super regionals after sweeping at home in Tempe. The Sun Devils took out Georgia 2-0 in the Tempe Regional Championship after beating San Jose State 5-2 in game one and Georgia 2-0 in game two.

GAME THREE HIGHLIGHTS vs. GEORGIA (May 19): Pac-12 Player of the Year Amber Freeman tallied another run to add to her season's total of 31...Alix Johnson also scored, totaling 49 runs...junior Dallas Escobedo struck out five and allowed just three hits and no runs.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS vs. GEORGIA (May 18): Escobedo struck out 11 and allowed just one hit and one walk...Bailey Wigness scored and Freeman homered her second in as many days for the insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS vs. SAN JOSE STATE (May 17): Escobedo tossed the first postseason no-hitter in Arizona State history and the second career solo no-hitter...she struck out five, walked three and had one hit-by-pitch in the complete game.

Next, No. 5 Arizona State will play No. 12 Kentucky. Times and dates TBA.

For No. 11 WASHINGTON (41-15) it'll be a showdown against first-year SEC team Missouri (38-12) and red-shirt senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas. Washington shutout Hawaii 8-0 in five in the Seattle Regional Championship after beating them 2-0 in game two and Portland State 2-1 in game one.

GAME THREE HIGHLIGHTS vs. HAWAII (May 19): The Huskies scored five runs in the top of the third when Kaitlin Inglesby (3-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI) hit a two-run homer and Whitney Jones (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI) slapped a three-run homer to score Kylee Lahners and Shawna Wright...three more runs were scored in the fifth.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS vs. HAWAII (May 18): Washington earned its 40th win of the season, its first 40-plus winning season since 2010...Inglesby struck out nine and allowed just two hits and zero runs.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS vs. PORTLAND STATE (May 17): Inglesby's sac fly in the fifth drove Jennie McNeill home for the winning run and in the fourth Inglesby also drove in the game-tying run with a double...junior pitcher Bryana Walker earned a career-high 13 strikeouts, blanking six of the first nine and allowing just one run.

Next, No. 11 Washington and No. 6 Mizzou will face-off. Times and dates TBA.


ARIZONA (33-26) lost its opening game to Baylor 7-0, beat Penn 3-2 in eight innings in the loser's bracket, but lost to Baylor once more 8-4 in the elimination game. This is the first time since 2004 that Arizona has failed to make it to the super regionals. Its 33 wins are the fewest since winning 27 in 1986 and its 26 losses are the most in Wildcat history. It was a rough season.

CALIFORNIA (38-18) had to win two against No. 8 seed Michigan on Sunday but fell short after losing 3-1. Cheyenne Cordes scored the lone run and senior pitcher Jolene Henderson, who recently came back after missing six games due to an April leg injury, struck out six but allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk in the complete game effort.

In an elimination game against Valparaiso on Saturday, Henderson threw a no-hitter and struck out seven in the complete game which the Golden Bears won 6-0 to move ahead to play Michigan.

Cal lost to Michigan in game two 5-0 but beat Central Michigan 8-1 in game one.

STANFORD (39-20) lost 10-5 to No. 14 Nebraska after a five-hour game with three rain delays. Stanford was winning 3-1 leading into the top of the fifth before Nebraska scored five in the fifth and four in the sixth to take down the Cardinal. Jenna Rich led going 2-for-4 with two runs while Erin Ashby finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Senior Teagan Gerhart allowed 10 runs on eight hits with four earned, walked five and had one strikeout in 5.2 innings.

The Cardinal beat Tulsa 4-2 in the opening match, lost to Nebraska 7-1 in the second and beat UNI 4-1 before the final loss.

OREGON STATE (34-23) lost to CAA champions Hofstra 8-4 in 10 innings in its final attempt to move forward. Hofstra scored in the fifth, tallying three before Oregon State tied it 3-all in the seventh. Three innings later, Hofstra secured its win with five runs on three homers, including senior Olivia Galati's first of the season.

Initially Oregon State lost 2-0 to Hofstra in game one before beating Stony Brook 6-0 in the loser's bracket.

UCLA (40-19) was the final Pac-12 team to fall, losing on a triple to right-center in the bottom of the 13th inning, with the University of Alabama Birmingham advancing on its 3-2 win. UAB scored first in the opening frame and UCLA responded with a 1-1 tie in the top of the second. But it wasn't until the 11th inning that both teams added one run apiece for a 2-all game. Then, UAB scored its winning run. B.B Bates led UCLA going 5-for-7, Stephany LaRosa was 3-for-5 with one walk, Ally Carda finished 1-for-5 with two walks and Britney Rodriquez was 2-for-6 with one run and one walk.

Carda threw 11.1 innings, striking out seven, allowing four walks, two earned runs and just four hits. Jessica Hall threw 1.0 inning and had three walks and one earned run.

UCLA lost 6-3 to UAB in game one, beat IPFW 8-0 in game two, ravaged No. 15 Louisville 19-2 in the elimination game and UAB 4-1 in game six.