OMAHA — Cal Poly Pomona's All-American pitcher Rhonda Wheatley had just given up a two-run homer in the first inning of Thursday night's first-round NCAA Division 1 Women's Softball World Series game against Northwestern, but she was standing there on the mound smiling, anyway.
"I don't know why I was smiling because I sure wasn't happy," she said. "In fact, I was thinking, 'This is cute, the game's already over.' "
Two runs are often more than enough margin for victory in this sport. A total of two runs were scored in two games Wednesday. But Wheatley had plenty of reason to smile after the game. The second-ranked Broncos (51-16) rallied, Wheatley blasted a two-run homer herself and Cal Poly Pomona came away with a 6-3 win at Seymour Smith Park.
Nebraska (36-9) kept the offensive fireworks going in Thursday's nightcap, erupting for four runs in the first inning. It was plenty for freshman Lori Sippel who fired a no-hitter as the Cornhuskers beat Louisiana Tech, 6-0. Nebraska will meet Cal Poly Pomona in the second game of a winner's bracket doubleheader tonight. Top-ranked Cal State Fullerton faces No. 4 UCLA in the opener.