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College World Series: Softball has SCV flavor

Four locals will play for title; others still waiting

Posted: May 30, 2010 12:35 a.m.
Updated: May 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.

With half of the field finalized for the 2010 Women's College World Series, four local softball products have punched their ticket to Oklahoma City, with three more on the fringe and two others on the outside looking in.

Tennessee, which fields Valencia High graduate Jessica Spigner, Saugus graduate Tiffany Huff and Hart graduate Melissa Brown, reached the College World Series after completing a two-game sweep of former Viking pitcher Jordan Taylor and Michigan on Friday, while Saugus grad Victoria Kemp and Arizona completed their sweep of Brigham Young on Saturday.

Narrowly missing a trip to the World Series was Hart grad Jessica Shults, whose Oklahoma team lost to Washington.

Three Hart grads, Oregon's Kaitlin Vitek and UCLA's Destiny Rodino and Devon Lindvall, remain on the bubble, needing wins today to advance.

On Thursday and Friday, the Lady Vols beat Michigan in both contests by scores of 5-0 and 4-3, respectfully.

Taylor took the loss in the first game, giving up one earned run off four hits, while striking out 10.

In the second game, Taylor threw five innings of relief, striking out six while giving up three hits and a walk to Spigner.

Spigner finished 0-for-4 with two walks in the series, while Huff batted 0-for-7. Brown did not make an appearance.

Meanwhile, Shults was 2-for-4 for the Sooners in game 1 of their series with Washington, hitting a solo home run. Oklahoma went on to win 6-1. Over the next two games, she was 1-for-7 as the Sooners lost 3-0 and 4-0 Friday night.
Kemp did not get into either of Arizona's victories over BYU.

Vitek was 1-for-3 in the Ducks' 1-0 loss to Missouri on Saturday. Game 2 is today at 10 a.m.

Neither Rodino or Lindvall saw action in the Bruins' 10-2 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. UCLA looks to advance with a win in game 2, which will be played today at 12:30 p.m.




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