California scored four unearned runs in the top of the 10th inning, capitalizing on three UCLA errors before holding on to beat the Bruins, 7-3, in the women's College World Series softball tournament Thursday at Oklahoma City.
Cal will play Texas, a 3-2 winner over Louisiana Lafayette, in a winners' bracket game today. UCLA will play Louisiana Lafayette in an elimination game Saturday at 1 p.m PDT, and if the Bruins win that game, they will have to win another Saturday night at 6:30 PDT to advance.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh, UCLA forced extra innings on third baseman Tairia Mims' two-out, two-run home run.
Amber Hall hit a decisive two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth and Cat Osterman struck out 11 to help Texas (48-7) win, 3-2, over Louisiana Lafayette (47-10).... Arizona's Lovie Jung hit a two-run double to highlight a three-run third inning and Alicia Hollowell limited Alabama to two hits in the 3-2 victory for the Wildcats (55-5). Arizona will play Washington (47-14-1) in a winners' bracket game today.... Jaime Clark hit her 17th home run and Amanda Oleson hit a two-run double in the seventh to help Washington post a 3-1 victory over Oklahoma (46-13).... Osterman was named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year in a ceremony Wednesday night at Oklahoma City. Osterman is 30-4 with a nation-leading 0.29 earned-run average and 442 strikeouts.
USC senior Jewel Peterson advanced to the NCAA women's singles semifinals with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Northwestern's Cristelle Grier at Gainesville, Fla.
It is the best performance for Peterson at the individual championships and the best by a Trojan since Ditta Huber in 1999. She will play Amber Liu of Stanford in today's semifinals.
UCLA junior Marcin Matkowski lost his second-round match in the men's tournament to Alex Vlaski of Washington, 6-1, 6-3 at Athens, Ga. Matkowski had defeated Vlaski in straight sets to win the Pacific 10 Conference singles title.
Mikaela Parmlid shot a two-under-par 70 for a share of the individual lead and helped USC take a seven-stroke lead in the team competition in the NCAA Women's Golf Championships at West Lafayette, Ind.
Parmlid had a four-over 220 total to top the third-round leaderboard along with Florida's Andrea Vander Lende, who shot a tournament-best 69.
USC is at 901 and Pepperdine is in second at 908. Lindsey Wright shot 73 and is at eight-over 224 and in fourth individually for the Waves.