Washington is closing in on the Women’s College World Series final.
The Huskies (48-11) are one victory from the championship round after beating defending champion Arizona State, 1-0, in eight innings Friday night in Oklahoma City. Morgan Stuart singled home the winning run, and Danielle Lawrie pitched a two-hitter for third-seeded UW.
Arizona State (47-18) must win three in a row to get to the championship game.
Stuart hit a soft line drive out of the reach of shortstop Katelyn Boyd to bring home Kimi Pohlman, who doubled with one out and moved up on a flyout.
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Lawrie (39-7), the national player of the year, didn’t walk a batter and retired 15 in a row at one point.
Washington had a player thrown out at the plate and also squandered a scoring opportunity with a runner on third and nobody out in the seventh against freshman Hillary Bach (31-10).
Later Friday night, fifth-seeded Michigan played No. 1 seed Florida in a winner’s bracket game.
Kaylyn Castillo robbed the Huskies of a run in the fourth inning, leaping to catch a relay throw from second baseman Ashley Muenz on Alicia Blake’s double to the wall. Kaitlin Cochran tracked down the ball and zipped it to Muenz, who rifled a high throw just in time to beat Jenn Salling as she tried to score from first. Castillo then spiked the ball in celebration.
But the Sun Devils, who had 13 singles to beat Missouri, 7-3, in their opening game, never got going against Lawrie, a pitcher for the Canadian Olympic team who once beat the U.S. national team on the same field in Oklahoma City.
Lawrie allowed only a second-inning double to Katie Crabb and an eighth-inning single by Talor Haro. That was all that kept Lawrie from joining UCLA’s Lisa Fernandez as the only pitchers to throw two no-hitters in World Series play. She previously no-hit DePaul during the 2007 World Series.
Arkansas 10, WSU 3: Scott Lyons hit a three-run homer, and the second-seeded Razorbacks rallied for nine runs in the eighth inning to beat the No. 3-seed Cougars in an opening-round game in Norman, Okla.
Lyons’ shot spoiled a strong start by Matt Way, who struck out 10 to give him 124 for the season and break the WSU (31-24) season record for strikeouts held by former major-leaguer Aaron Sele.
Mike Bolsinger earned the win for Arkansas (35-22).
The Cougars will play Wichita State – a 5-4 loser to top-seeded Oklahoma on Friday – in an elimination game today.
Gonzaga 19, Georgia Southern 10: The Zags used 18 hits, including three home runs, to win its first NCAA tournament game since 1981 by beating the Eagles in Fullerton, Calif.
Gonzaga (36-16) scored seven runs – five unearned – in the first inning against West Coast Conference pitcher of the year Chris Mederos to take a 7-0 lead.
Griffin Benedict, Kyle Blackburn, Eric Phillips and Ty Wright each homered as Georgia Southern (42-16) scored six times in the third inning to tie it at 8.
Anthony Synegal hit a solo shot in the fourth, Mark Castellitto added a three-run homer in the sixth and Ryan Wiegand had a three-run homer in the seventh to put Gonzaga back ahead.
Reedy Berg (4-4) pitched six innings for Gonzaga, while Colin Snow (4-3) took the loss in relief.
The University of Washington men’s team was eliminated by Arkansas, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the Div. I national tournament in Toledo, Ohio.
The fourth-seeded Razorbacks went on to beat Georgia 3-1-1 in the semifinals to set up a championship showdown with Texas A&M today.
The Aggies beat Arizona State (3-1-1) and Michigan (3-1-1) to reach the final.
The Puget Sound varsity eight boat held off St. Lawrence to earn the final spot in the Grand Final at the women’s NCAA Division III Rowing Championship on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. The Loggers won the race by just under four seconds, in 6 minutes, 57.96 seconds. UPS finished second in an earlier heat race. ... All three Washington women’s shells placed in the top three of their respective heats to advance to today’s NCAA Div. I semifinals in Cherry Hill.