|Saturday Softball RESULTS
|Tennessee 1, Washinton 0
|Floridca 9, Nebraska 8 (15 Innings)
Tennessee Downs Washington On Strength of Walk Off
OKLAHOMA CITY -A two-out walkoff single up the middle by Tory Lewis handed the University of Tennessee softball team the win over Washington on Saturday in Game 5 of the Women's College World Series.
Tennessee will now play in Game 11 on Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and will face the winner of Game 9, which pits the winner of today's Game 7 (Nebraska vs. Florida) against the loser of Game 6 (Texas vs. Oklahoma).
Ellen Renfroe took part in a pitcher's duel with Washington junior Kaitlin Inglesby as both juniors held their opponents scoreless until Lewis' heroic hit. Renfroe pitched seven complete, giving up just two hits and striking out 10 batters in the shutout.
Lewis finished the game 3-for-4 while driving in the lone run of the game. Also with multi-hit games for the Lady Vols were Lauren Gibson and Cheyanne Tarango who each were 2-for-3 on the day against Inglesby.
Tarango started the bottom of the seventh off with an infield single to the shortstop and was replaced on first by senior Whitney Hammond who then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Melissa Brown.
After Rainey Gaffin drew a walk to put runners on first and second, Hannah Akamine laced a liner right back at Inglesby which the pitcher caught and in an attempt to end the inning threw to first to try and double off Gaffin. Instead the ball went errant and Hammond advanced to third based setting up Lewis' walkoff winner.
Prior to the seventh inning heroics, the Lady Vols left 13 runners on the base paths including leaving the bases loaded in the first, second and fourth innings but needed just the one run to move past Washington and continue in the winner's bracket.
With the win, the Lady Vols remained perfect in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Gators Outlast Nebraska to Survive
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Florida freshman Taylore Fuller’s grounder to shortstop skipped past shortstop Alicia Armstrong and into right field, allowing a pair of Gators runners to score what turned out to be the decisive runs late Saturday night in a 9-8, 15-inning marathon win at the NCAA Women’s College World Series.
The game lasted nearly 5 1/2 hours and at 15 innings was the longest in UF softball history.
Of more significance, it advanced the second-seeded Gators (58-8) into an elimination game against Texas (50-9), which lost earlier in the day to top-ranked Oklahoma, Sunday at 1 p.m.
The score was tied at 7-7 to start the 15th when sophomore Lauren Haeger, hitless in her previous six at-bats, doubled down the left field line. Katie Medina then reached on an infield single to put runners at the corners.
That’s when Fuller stepped up and made rocket contact with a pitch right at Armstrong, who was cuffed by a bounce. The ball caromed into the outfield, allowing both Haeger and Medina score. Fuller was thrown out trying to stretch the play to third base.
Florida would need both of those runs.
Nebraska led off the bottom of the 15th with a double and got within 9-8.
Tatum Edwards drew a two-out walk and Gabby Banda followed with a single to left side, but Edwards was gunned down by Medina trying to get to third base and the game that started at 6:05 p.m. local time ended at 11:27 p.m.