Friday, May 22, 2009
Updated: May 23, 4:39 PM ET
Georgia eliminates Ohio State
ESPN.com news services
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia rallied from four down to defeat Ohio State 7-6 on Friday and advance to the Women's College World Series for the first time.
The Buckeyes were eliminated at the Athens super regional.
Georgia's Christie Hamilton (24-8) came on in relief to earn the win. Ohio State pitcher Kim Reeder finishes 26-6.
"I am proud of the hard work that the team, staff and everyone around this program have put in," Georgia coach Lu Harris-Champer said. "To beat a great team such as Ohio State, you have to work hard to get the win. We are going to enjoy our success tonight and get back to work and go get after it."
Taylor Schlopy had two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs for Georgia (44-10).
Courtney Pruner had a grand slam for Ohio State (47-11).
Arizona 7-6, Stanford 3-5
Arizona beat Stanford twice to advance to the Women's College World Series. It will be the Wildcats 21st appearance.
Pitcher Lindsey Sisk got the win to lead Arizona to a 6-5 victory over Stanford in Game 3 of the Palo Alto super regional.
Arizona had home runs from Sam Banister and Jenae Leles.
Jennifer Martinez (11-4) earned her first career postseason win, scattering five hits while allowing two earned runs and striking out three in Arizona's Game 2 victory.
Michigan 8, Baylor 1
Dorian Shaw had three home runs to tie a Michigan single-game record and lead the Wolverines to a victory over Baylor in the Ann Arbor super regional.
Shaw's homers came off three different Baylor pitchers. She had two homers against Miami in the regional last weekend.
Bree Evans had three hits and Nikki Nemitz two hits for Michigan. Nemitz also earned the complete-game win, striking out eight and allowing one run.
Michigan (45-10) plays Baylor (40-21) in Game 2 at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday (ESPN).
Alabama 9, Jacksonville State 0
Alabama drove in seven runs in the third inning to beat Jacksonville State in five innings in of the Tuscaloosa super regional.
Kelley Montalvo had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs to lead the Crimson Tide. Alabama's Kelsi Dunne (26-3) threw her third no-hitter of the season.
Jacksonville State pitcher Karla Pittman fell to 17-4.
The two teams play again at noon Saturday (ESPN2). If a third game is necessary, it will start 30 minutes after the end of Game 2.
Arizona State 3, North Dakota State 0
Hillary Bach pitched her fourth complete game shutout in five postseason starts to lead Arizona State past North Dakota State in the Tempe super regional.
Katelyn Boyd had a double and Lesley Rogers a double and an RBI each for Arizona State.
Game 2 of the super regional will be played at 4:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU).