Tennessee Eliminates ASU at World Series
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Jennifer Griffin’s two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning lifted Tennessee to a 3-1 win over Arizona State on Saturday night in a losers bracket game of the Women’s College World Series.
Tennessee (60-11) advanced to play Arizona on Sunday, and Arizona State was knocked out of the tournament.
UCLA (49-8) faced Texas (55-8) in another elimination game Saturday night.
The Sun Devils (53-15) had won an elimination game earlier in the day, beating Oregon State 3-1. UCLA beat Alabama 4-1 in another loser-out game.
Christi Durant reached on an infield single to start the ninth inning before Griffin hit her 10th homer of the season, and first of the series, into the bleachers in left-center field off Katie Burkhart (30-8).
Tennessee led 1-0 after scoring in the top of the fifth inning on a bases-loaded error by Burkhart, but Arizona State tied the game at 1-1 on Heidi Knabe’s solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.
It was Knabe’s second homer of the day and fifth of the season, and came off winning pitcher Monica Abbott (43-9).
Burkhart allowed eight hits and struck out 14 for the Sun Devils, the third team eliminated from the eight-team series. Abbott allowed four hits and struck out 10 for the Volunteers.
Earlier Saturday, Burkhart threw a two-hitter in the win against Oregon State (43-16).
Arizona State provided Burkhart with all the runs she would need in the third inning on a solo home run by Knabe and a throwing error. The Sun Devils added an insurance run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Rhiannon Baca.
Burkhart struck out 12 and allowed only a homer by losing pitcher Brianne McGowan _ McGowan’s second of the series _ leading off the fifth, and a single in the same inning to Deann Young.
McGowan (29-9) allowed four hits while striking out four and walking five.
Pacific-10 Conference player of the year Andrea Duran hit a triple and a solo home run to lead UCLA over Alabama 4-1.
Duran tripled for UCLA in the first inning and hit her 14th homer of the season in the third. She scored in the first on Krista Colburn’s RBI single.
Tara Henry’s single in the sixth inning accounted for the other Bruins runs.
UCLA’s Angelica Selden (34-6) limited Alabama (54-11) to six hits. She struck out five and walked three.
Alabama’s only run came on Dominique Accetturo’s two-out home run in the second inning. It was her fifth homer of the year.
Steph VanBrakle (28-6) was the loser for the Crimson Tide and threw two innings, allowing three hits and three runs. Chrissy Owens replaced her in the second inning and threw five innings, allowing one run. She fanned one and walked one.