Did We Witness The Craziest Regionals In Softball History?

What a wild weekend of postseason play with eight regions going to game seven. We saw everything from pitching duels to walk-offs, and thrilling upsets in 2019. Here are some of the top moments from last weekend.

Bubba Bombs Too Much For Mizzou

UCLA junior Bubba Nickles extended her hitting streak to 21 games, tying a career high with two home runs, including a grand slam while driving in a personal-best five during the Bruins’ 9-1, five-inning victory over Missouri on Saturday.

Nickels followed up with another five-RBI game, adding another home run to her stat column in Sunday’s 13-1, five-inning victory, advancing the Bruins to their sixth-straight Super Regional.

Wisconsin Snaps OU Win Streak

After giving up a leadoff home run to the Sooners, the Wisconsin Badgers looked to the squeeze bunt to post the biggest upset in recent history, defeating the top-seeded Sooners, 2-1.

The Badgers broke through in the top of the sixth inning with sophomore Taylor Johnson opening the frame with a four-pitch walk. She was joined on the base paths by Lauren Foster on a hit-by-pitch and both runners advanced a base after a wild pitch - with just one out, the table was set for the go-ahead squeezes.

Junior Caroline Hedgcock dropped a perfect squeeze bunt to score Johnson, and with runners on the corners, freshman Jolie Fish did the same with another sacrifice bunt that scored Foster and gave Wisconsin a lead it would never relinquish.

Brandner Walk-Off Lifted Minnesota over Georgia

The Gophers trailed 1-0 heading to the bottom of the seventh against Georgia during Saturday’s Minneapolis Regional action but rallied to a 2-1 win with a Hope Brandner walk-off home run in the eighth inning.

Minnesota placed two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh with one out after Ali Lindner drew a walk and pinch hitter Taylor Chell was hit by a pitch. MaKenna Partain drove in Lindner for the tying run with a single up the middle to tie the game and send it to extras.

Gopher hurler Amber Fiser allowed a baserunner in the top of the eighth before sitting down Bulldog slugger Alyssa DiCarlo on three pitches to set the stage for Brander’s eighth-inning heroics. 

The game-winner was Brander’s 19th of the season and she is one homer away from tying the single-season program record.

Gabbie Plain Says No-No To Mississippi State

The Washington Huskies advanced to Super Regionals in historic fashion, with Gabbie Plain notching the sixth postseason no-hitter in program history in an 8-0 win over Mississippi State in Saturday’s action at the Seattle Regional. 

Plain faced the minimum in the game for her fourth career no-hitter, striking out 10 with just one walk the only blemish on the day. Only three balls left the infield all day - all routine flyouts. It marks the third no-hitter Plain has thrown this season, and she now boasts a 0.66 ERA in postseason play. Read more on Gabbie Plain

Sooner Pitchers Are Next Level

OU’s Juarez, Lopez, and Saile combine for a perfect game over UMBC; Juarez follows fanning 16 in No-No over Wisconsin

Three Oklahoma pitchers combined for a perfect game and 12 strikeouts - marking the first combined perfect effort in Sooner program history during a 12-0 victory over UMBC in the opening game of the Norman Regional.

Junior left-hander Giselle Juarez struck out the first five batters she faced and finished with six strikeouts in three innings of work. Junior right-hander Mariah Lopez replaced Juarez in the top of the fourth inning and struck out the side. Junior right-hander Shannon Saile closed out the game, pitching in the top of the fifth, and also struck out the side.

Just 16 hours later, Juarez once again delivered a no-hitter against Wisconsin, striking out 16 during a complete-game performance.

Her only blemishes Saturday were allowing two batters to reach first base – a hit-by-pitch in the second inning and a walk in the sixth.

The Wisconsin Walk-Off 

Trailing 4-0 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Wisconsin rallied back for a thrilling walk-off win over Notre Dame Saturday night in the Norman Regional. Freshman Jolie Fish opened the inning with a walk and was followed by senior Kelly Welsh who knocked in UW's first run with a double to spark the comeback.

A fielding error two batters later allowed Welsh to score and Ally Miklesh to reach base to bring up the top of the lineup. Notre Dame walked Kayla Konwent, who had already tallied two doubles on the day, for two Badgers on base.

 

Down to their last out, and facing elimination, senior Stephanie Lombardo stepped up to the plate with UW trailing by two and cleared the left-center field fence for the walk-off three-run dinger.

Florida State Goes On A Home Run Parade

Crushing six home runs, including four in a row in the top of the fifth inning, Florida State cruised to a 12-1 win in five innings over USF on Saturday in the Tallahassee Regional.

Makinzy Herzog hit a grand slam in the third inning, Leslie Farris added a two-run HR in the fourth and Zoe Casas, Cali Harrod, Carsyn Gordon, and Sydney Sherrill all hit solo home runs in the fifth inning as the Seminoles now have 103 home runs on the season to lead the NCAA.

Line Drive Side Lines Swindle

While competing in the Arizona Regional, Auburn was in the fifth inning against Colorado State when Ashlee Swindle delivered a pitch that was hit right back to her face. She collapsed to the ground covering her face as the crowd fell silent. Swindle was carted off the field and taken to the hospital for further examination.




Thankfully, x-rays revealed that Swindle did not have any fractures but she did experience pain and swelling around her eye socket. We wish her the best and hope she has a speedy recovery.



Junior Infielder Taylon Snow Transfers To Oklahoma

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NORMAN — Oklahoma head softball coach Patty Gasso announced Tuesday the addition of infielder Taylon Snow to the program for the upcoming 2020 season. 

Sophomore Pitcher Brooke Yanez Transfers To Oregon

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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon softball head coach Melyssa Lombardi bolstered the Ducks' pitching staff in a big way on Monday with the addition of left hander Brooke Yanez, the 2019 Big West pitcher of the year.

Rising Star: Outfielder Jenna Johnson Ready To Roll Tide Roll

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Jenna Johnson will do just about anything to help her team win, even if it means putting herself at great physical risk. Her parents and coaches hold their breath every time she slides headfirst into a base on a steal or attempting to beat out a grounder. Even temporary fencing is no match for the 5-foot-7 right-handed-hitting outfielder. Many batters have gone back to the dugout in utter disbelief after Johnson vaulted over the fence to rob them of a home run.

TCS Colorado 4th of July: How to Watch, Time & Live Stream Info

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By the early 1990s, Triple Crown’s ability to connect with thousands of slow-pitch softball athletes began to reverberate in another sport, that of youth fast-pitch. The Fireworks tournament had begun in Arvada back in the early 1970s but by then had moved to Boulder. The steady success of the fast-pitch series plan led to a critical development in 2002, with the advent of the Sparkler.

Grit, Grind, & Proving Herself Is The Jade Rhodes Way

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Growing up playing baseball, a young Jade Rhodes told her mom she wanted to continue to play the game as her father played but was told she probably needed to go and take up softball.

Sophomore Makinzy Herzog Transfers To Texas A&M

The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. Sophomore pitcher/outfielder Makinzy Herzog returns to the Lone Star State transferring to Texas A&M from Florida State.

Argentina Captures First-Ever Men's Softball World Championship

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Argentina was crowned the World Champions in Men’s Softball for the first time in history, causing a buzz across social media. In the Final on Sunday, the South American team defeated Japan, 3-2, in ten innings, in one of the most exciting games in the history of the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship — the highest level of competition in softball. Huemul Mata went the distance and fanned 17 to claim the win, while Manuel Godoy hit the game-winning RBI single in the top of the tenth.

Canada Edges Out New Zealand For Bronze Men's Softball World Championship

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Patrick Burns pitched a three-hit, one-run complete game to guide Canada to the Bronze Medal in the Men’s Softball World Championship 2019. Today the Red and White team beat New Zealand, 2-1, and collected the 13th medal in the history of the event.

USA Places Fifth At XVI Men's Softball World Championship

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Two homers by Matt Palazzo and Erick Ochoa produced all the offense needed for USA as the team claimed the fifth place in the World Championship with a 5-4 victory over Venezuela. USA finished fifth place in the tournament, while Venezuela ended sixth. Both teams climbed one position from the World Championship 2017.

Alexis Mack Transfers To Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Two-time All-PAC 12 outfielder Alexis Mack will join the Alabama softball program as a graduate transfer in 2020 following two standout seasons at the University of Oregon.