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UCF sees Big 12 baseball tourney run end with semifinal loss

UCF sees Big 12 baseball tourney run end with semifinal loss

25/05/2024, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 31783767

UCF’s run in the Big 12 Baseball Championship ended Friday night as Oklahoma State jumped out early and cruised to a 10-1 win in their semifinal matchup.

The Knights (35-19) must now wait until Monday to see if they’ve done enough to earn a spot in the 64-team NCAA Baseball Championship field.

Meanwhile, OSU (39-17) advances to Saturday’s championship game (7 p.m., ESPNU) and a meeting with rival Oklahoma (37-18).

Friday’s game was a sequel, with these two teams meeting for the second consecutive night, but the result was quite different.

UCF advances to semifinals of Big 12 baseball tourney

Oklahoma State jumped out to an early lead after right fielder Nolan Schubart blasted a 2-1 pitch from UCF starter Wiley Hartley just over the right field wall for a 2-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.

The Cowboys added two more runs in the second after second baseman Avery Ortiz hit an RBI double down the left-field line, bringing in Kollin Richie from first base. Ortiz would score two batters later when centerfielder Zach Ehrhard stroked a long fly ball off the left-field wall for an RBI triple.

Ortiz would add another RBI at the bottom of the fourth with a single off reliever Chase Centala, that scored short-stop Lane Forsythe. Carson Benge would drive in Ortiz with a fielder’s choice, followed by a 2-RBI single by Schubart that extended the lead to 8-0.

UCF got on the scoreboard in the sixth when catcher Danny Neri drove in designated hitter Matt Cedarburg with an RBI double down the right-field line.

But any momentum gained was lost in the bottom of the seventh after Benge took a 2-1 pitch from reliever Kris Sosnowski and drove it over the fence in deep center field for a home run that extended the lead to 9-1. The Cowboys would tack on an additional run with an RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning.

UCF’s Danny Neri still riding high after home-run explosion in Big 12 Tournament

Benge (3 for 5) and Schubart (2 for 5) would combine for 7 of Oklahoma State’s 10 runs.

Cowboys starting pitcher Brian Holiday went the distance, giving up 1 run on 8 hits with 6 strikeouts.

In their first trip to the Big 12 tournament, the Knights defeated Cincinnati and Oklahoma State to advance to the semifinals.

The NCAA college baseball championship will be revealed at Noon on Monday on ESPN2. UCF is expected to be among those teams, with the Knights looking to make their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2017.

D1Baseball has UCF as a third seed in its latest projections, with the Knights heading to Knoxville (Tenn.) Regional along with Tennessee (1), Louisiana (2) and Army (4). The regionals would take place May 31-June 3.

Matt Murschel can be reached at mmurschel@orlandosentinel.com



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UCF sees Big 12 baseball tourney run ends with semifinal loss

UCF sees Big 12 baseball tourney run ends with semifinal loss

25/05/2024, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 31783810

UCF’s run in the Big 12 baseball tournament ended Friday night as Oklahoma State jumped out early and cruised to a 10-1 win in their semifinal matchup.

The Knights (35-19) must now wait until Monday to see if they’ve done enough to earn a spot in the 64-team national tournament field.

Meanwhile, OSU (39-17) advances to Saturday’s championship game (7 p.m., ESPNU) and a meeting with rival Oklahoma (37-18).

Friday’s game was a sequel, with these two teams meeting for the second consecutive night, but the result was quite different.

UCF advances to semifinals of Big 12 baseball tourney

Oklahoma State jumped out to an early lead after right fielder Nolan Schubart blasted a 2-1 pitch from UCF starter Wiley Hartley (3-3) just over the right-field wall for a 2-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.

The Cowboys added two more runs in the second after second baseman Avery Ortiz hit an RBI double down the left-field line, bringing in Kollin Richie from first base. Ortiz scored two batters later when centerfielder Zach Ehrhard drove a long fly ball off the left-field wall for an RBI triple.

Ortiz added another RBI in the fourth with a single off reliever Chase Centala that scored shortstop Lane Forsythe. Carson Benge drove in Ortiz with a fielder’s choice, followed by a 2-RBI single by Schubart that extended the lead to 8-0.

UCF got on the scoreboard in the sixth when catcher Danny Neri drove in designated hitter Matt Cedarburg with an RBI double down the right-field line.

But any momentum gained was lost in the bottom of the seventh after Benge sent a 2-1 pitch from reliever Kris Sosnowski over the fence in deep center field for a home run that extended the lead to 9-1. The Cowboys tacked on an additional run with an RBI in the eighth inning.

UCF’s Danny Neri still riding high after home-run explosion in Big 12 Tournament

Benge (3 for 5) and Schubart (2 for 5) combined to drive in 7 runs.

Cowboys starting pitcher Brian Holiday (6-3) went the distance, giving up 1 run on 8 hits with 6 strikeouts.

UCF left 9 runners stranded and was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Cedarburg (2 for 4) and Braden Calise (2 for 3) were the only Knights with multiple hits.

In their first trip to the Big 12 tournament, the Knights defeated Cincinnati and Oklahoma State to advance to the semifinals.

The NCAA college baseball championship will be revealed at noon Monday on ESPN2. UCF is expected to be among those teams, with the Knights looking to make their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2017.

D1Baseball has UCF as a third seed in its latest projections, with the Knights heading to Knoxville (Tenn.) Regional along with Tennessee (1), Louisiana (2) and Army (4). The regionals are scheduled for May 31-June 3.

Matt Murschel can be reached at mmurschel@orlandosentinel.com



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Texas A&M shocks No. 1 Texas in super regional; Oklahoma, UCLA advance to World Series

Texas A&M shocks No. 1 Texas in super regional; Oklahoma, UCLA advance to World Series

25/05/2024, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 31783768

By CLIFF BRUNT

Associated Press

Three-time defending national champion Oklahoma defeated Florida State 4-2 on Friday night to sweep the Norman Super Regional and advance to the World Series.

The Sooners could become the first team to win four straight national championships. They will make their eighth consecutive World Series appearance under coach Patty Gasso.

Oklahoma freshman Kasidi Pickering had two hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth inning that put the Sooners up 4-1. Another freshman, Elly Parker, had two hits and scored a run.

Karlie Keeney got the win and Nicole May earned the save for the Sooners.

Oklahoma won the opener 11-3 in six innings on Thursday night. Gasso said afterward that she expected the Seminoles to put up a fight in Game 2. Florida State won the national title in 2018 and lost to Oklahoma in the championship series in 2021 and 2023.

 

 

Just like that, Texas’ dream season is in jeopardy.

Trinity Cannon knocked in five runs, and No. 16 seed Texas A&M stunned the top-seeded Longhorns 6-5 in Game 1 of the Austin Super Regional on Friday night.

The teams will meet again Saturday for Game 2 of the best-of-three series. A Texas A&M win would send the Aggies to the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2017 and end Texas’ season. A victory for the Longhorns would force a winner-take-all game on Sunday for the World Series berth.

Cannon’s three-run homer in the top of the first got the Aggies off and running. Texas A&M led 6-0 before Texas rallied late.

Texas A&M led 6-4 in the seventh with two outs and the bases empty when Reese Atwood, a top-three finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, hit a solo homer to make it 6-5. Texas A&M’s Emiley Kennedy struck out the next batter to end the game and claim the complete game victory.

All Friday’s Game 1 winners can clinch World Series berths with wins on Saturday.

FOUR-PEAT?

 

BRUINS ARE BACK

Sharlize Palacios hit two home runs, and No. 6 seed UCLA defeated No. 11 Georgia 6-1 to sweep the Los Angeles Super Regional and advance to the World Series.

UCLA was the No. 2 seed last year but lost two straight in regionals for a disappointing end to the season. This year, UCLA enters the World Series on a 13-game win streak.

Taylor Tinsley went the distance and gave up one run on four hits in seven innings.

KILFOYL DOMINATES

Lexi Kilfoyl threw a three-hitter in five innings as No. 5 seed Oklahoma State defeated unseeded Arizona 8-0 in Game 1 of the Stillwater Super Regional.

Kilfoyl, a top-three national player of the year finalist, allowed three walks and threw just 67 pitches.

Karli Godwin had two hits, including a solo homer, for the Cowgirls.

SEC RIVALRY

Laura Mealer’s two-run homer in the fifth inning provided the go-ahead run as No. 3 seed Tennessee held off No. 14 seed Alabama 3-2 in Game 1 of the Knoxville Super Regional.

Karlyn Pickens got the win for Tennessee and Payton Gottschall closed with two scoreless innings for the save.

QUICK STARTERS

Florida scored three runs in the bottom of the first, and the fourth-seeded Gators beat unseeded Baylor 4-2 in Game 1 of the Gainesville Super Regional.

Keagan Rothrock went the distance for the Gators. She gave up two runs on six hits.

Aliyah Binford tried to keep Baylor in it. She had an RBI single in the first and his a solo homer in the third.

ELITE RELIEF

Cassidy Curd threw 5 1/3 innings of hitless relief, and No. 10 seed Duke won 6-3 at No. 7 Missouri in Game 1 of the Columbia Super Regional.

The game was tied at 3 before Duke broke it open in the fifth. Aminah Vega hit an RBI double and Gisele Tapia added an RBI single to put the Blue Devils up 5-3.

BAYOU BARRAGE

Ninth-seeded LSU dominated arguably the nation’s best pitcher in an 11-1 win over No. 8 Stanford in Game 1 of the Palo Alto Super Regional.

NiJaree Canady, a top-three player of the year finalist, gave up six runs on 10 hits in four innings. The sophomore entered the game as the nation’s leader in earned run average and strikeouts.

Kelley Lynch hit a grand slam, and McKenzie Redoutey and Taylor Pleasants each had three hits for LSU.

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NWSL-leading Pride win 8th in a row

NWSL-leading Pride win 8th in a row

25/05/2024, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 31783750

By Kyle Foley

Orlando Sentinel Correspondent

The Orlando Pride continued their historic start to the NWSL season with a league-record eighth consecutive victory on Friday night at home against a resilient Portland team.

Barbra Banda’s brace was enough to carry the Pride (8-0-3, 27 points) to a 2-1 victory over the Thorns (6-4-1, 19 points).

“Proud. I think I even said that tonight,” Pride midfielder Haley McCutcheon said. “From last year to this year we knew we were building something special but just to have something in the history books is something that I didn’t think would happen so soon.

“We’re thrilled but we’re not satisfied. We want to keep pushing for the ultimate goal at the end of the season.”

Banda opened the scoring in the 30th minute with an excellent header. A corner kick from Marta bounced around in the box before a deflected shot by Rafaelle ricocheted directly into Banda’s path.

Orlando player Barbra Banda controls the ball during the Portland Thorns at Orlando Pride NWSL match at Inter&Co Stadium in Orlando on Friday, May 24, 2024. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)
Orlando’s Barbra Banda controls the ball against Portland on Friday night.  (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

It didn’t take long for Banda to add to her tally with a second goal in the 40th minute. Marta delivered a great through ball and Banda made easy work of Portland keeper Shelby Hogan, skillfully outmaneuvering her before scoring to make it 2-0.

“I’m so happy to be part of that. I’m happy to help her score goals because, at the end of the day, it’s good for the team,” captain Marta said about the Zambian striker. “She shows [she’s] hungry every single game, and for us it’s very good because she’s fast, she’s strong, and then we just need to find the path.”

The goal was Banda’s eighth in seven games, tying her as the league’s leading goal scorer with Portland’s Sophia Smith.

Portland did not go down easily and pulled one back in the 71st minute. Olivia Moultrie’s pass found Izzy D’Aquila in front of goal for an easy near-post finish.

Orlando’s defense looked tired in the second half but was able to hold on for the victory.

The Pride next play at San Diego on June 7.

Up next

Pride at Wave

When: June 7 at Snapdragon Stadium 10

TV: Prime Video



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