Arizona lived to fight another day by eliminating Oregon State on Friday night in the second day of the Women’s College World Series. The Wildcats will have to wait for the loser of Oklahoma and Texas to see exactly who they will be fighting though. Arizona staved off elimination by scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth to finally take a lead in a game that had been gridlocked at 1-1 since the second inning.
Carlie Scupin went 3-for-3 from the plate for Arizona. She knocked in the go ahead run with a double to left center field that scored Amber Toven in the bottom of the sixth. Hanah Bowen pitched the final two innings of the game in relief for the Wildcats without allowing a hit.
Arizona will face the Oklahoma/Texas loser in Sunday’s nightcap game.
UCLA 6 – Northwestern 1
The Bruins are still alive in Oklahoma City as well. UCLA sent Northwestern packing thanks to a stellar effort from Megan Faraimo who pitched the complete game, allowing just five hits and striking out 10 Wildcat batters. She wasn’t just limited to making things happen from the pitching circle though. In the top of the sixth inning she sent a solo homerun out of the park to push the Bruin lead to 3-1.
UCLA will face the loser of Saturday’s Oklahoma State/Florida game on Sunday.
Two more teams will be placed on the chopping block Saturday as the four teams from the winner’s bracket play. Saturday’s two losers will be within a game of elimination while the winners will be just a game away from reaching the championship series.
Saturday’s two-game slate begins with the Red River Rivalry. The Sooners and Longhorns will play at 2:00 PM and the game will be televised on ABC.
Oklahoma State and Florida will follow Oklahoma/Texas with a first pitch expected to be around 6:00 PM. That game will be televised on ESPN.
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