#ACCSB in NCAA Championship: Florida State Opens With a Win

Seminoles Take Down Dartmouth In Regional Opener

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With a game that spanned nearly six hours, including a three-hour, forty-two minute weather delay in the third inning, No. 9 Florida State (46-12) defeated Dartmouth (25-17) by a score of 5-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional on May 15 at JoAnne Graf Field.

“This was an exciting game with a really good ball club like Dartmouth,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “I think when you get adversity with rain, lightning, and thunderstorms you have to test the character of both teams. It was really awesome to come back out there and get some more runs in order to get the win.”

Florida State opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as Morgan Klaevemann led off the inning with a bunt single to extend her hitting streak to 24 games. Following a walk to Jessica Warren, Ellie Cooper gave the Seminoles a 2-0 lead with a two-RBI single to left field. It marked the 21st time this season that Florida State has scored in the first inning and FSU is an undefeated 21-0 in those games.

Dartmouth threatened in the second inning, loading the bases with one out on a base hit and two walks from Seminole starterLacey Waldrop. The Big Green was held scoreless as Cooper completed an unassisted double play at second base. The sophomore second baseman caught a liner off the bat of Tiffany Dyson and stepped on the bag to end the inning.

Two walks and an FSU throwing error loaded the bases for the Big Green in the Dartmouth half of the third inning, but Waldrop was able to get out of the jam with a groundout to the circle.

NC State Turns Away Fordham in NCAA Regional Opener, 12-5

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The NC State softball team used a strong offensive outing to earn a 12-5 win against Fordham Friday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park to advance into the winner's bracket of the NCAA Harrisonburg (Va.) Regional.

The Wolfpack improves to 36-20 on the year and has now won 10 of its last 11 games, while the Rams fall to 36-19. The win marks the third consecutive year that State has won its first game of an NCAA Regional to move into the winner's bracket.

NC State will take on the winner of the James Madison and Binghamton game at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

UNC Held To One Hit In 2-1 NCAA Regional Loss To WKU

ATHENS, Ga. –It was a quiet day at the plate for the North Carolina softball team, as the Tar Heels were held to one hit in the 2-1 loss to Western Kentucky in the Athens Regional of the 2015 NCAA Softball Tournament.

The Lady Toppers were the first to get on the scoreboard after Shawna Sadler singled through the right side with the bases loaded to bring in two runs in the top of the third. Hannah Parker blooped a single into shallow right field with one out to start the WKU rally. After Kaylee Carlson’s throw to second went wide of the bag on a fielder’s choice on Larissa Franklin’s at-bat, Kayti Hanson picked up an infield single to set the table for Sadler.

Western Kentucky’s ace Miranda Kramer, the nation’s strikeout leader, was perfect through four innings, fanning five, before Amber Parrish drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the fifth.

Katelyn Shifflett was brought in to pinch run for Parrish and Jenna Kelly moved her over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Kendra Lynch then hit a deep fly ball to that was caught by centerfielder Franklin, who rifled the ball to third base to nab Shifflett trying to tag up and end the inning.

Pitt Falls to No. 19 Cal in Opening Game of NCAA Tournament

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Pittsburgh softball team opened the 2015 NCAA Regional Tournament with an 11-3, five inning loss to the California Golden Bears on Friday at Michigan's Alumni Field.

"I give a lot of credit to Cal," said head Coach Holly Aprile. "That's a really good team and they came out swinging. We tried really hard to knock the ball down on defense, but they hit very well."

After getting on the board first with two runs, Pitt gave up seven in the second inning to fall behind 7-2. Junior Jenna Modic gave the Panthers its third and final run with her seventh home run of the season. The game ended after just five innings of play due to the eight-run rule as the Bears plated four runs in bottom half of that inning, bringing the score to its final.

"We try to learn from every experience that we have and get better from it," said Aprile. "We will be ready to go tomorrow. We have been great this year about bouncing back and being resilient so I expect us to come out firing tomorrow."

Ball State Downs #21/22 Irish 6-3 In NCAA Opener

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Ball State lived up to its billing as a dynamic offensive team, connecting for a solo home run in the top of the first inning to send an immediate message. The Cardinals would add two runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth inning on their way to a 6-3 win over the University of Notre Dame softball team on Friday in NCAA South Bend Regional play at Melissa Cook Stadium.

No. 21/22 Notre Dame (40-14) will face Northwestern at 3 p.m. on Saturday in the region's first elimination game. The Wildcats dropped a 5-4 decision to Kentucky in Friday's first game during a beautiful afternoon session at Melissa Cook Stadium.

Selena Reyna quickly put Ball State (34-23) on the board with a leadoff home run that carried deep and gone over the left field fence in the top of the first inning, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Rachel Nasland (16-8) worked around an additional single by Emily Dabkowski to strike out Loren Cihlar and Jessica Craft swinging to halt the Cardinals threat.

Hokies Fall to Utes in NCAA Regional

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Virginia Tech softball team suffered a 6-1 setback to 23rd-ranked Utah in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Softball Championship Friday at Lee Stadium on the campus of the University of Tennessee.

The Utes jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run from first-team All-Pac 12 selection Kate Dickman. It marked the sixth straight game Tech’s opponent has scored in the first inning. In the third inning, the Utes capitalized on a Tech error to extend the inning before scoring three runs with two outs. Bridget Castro cranked a two-run home run to make it 3-0 and then Heather Bowen drove in a run with a single to make it 4-0 and force a pitching change.

Utah scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning to stretch its lead to 6-0 before senior Lauren Gaskill launched a solo home run in the sixth inning to get Tech on the board.

The Hokies had little success at the plate against freshman Katie Donovan, who was a first-team all-conference selection. Donovan allowed just one hit while striking out six in four innings of work. Tech had six hits in the game, led by two from Smith. Also picking up hits were Gaskill, Vanessa Gonzalez, Breanna Davenport and Kylie McGoldrick.

Louisville Falls to Kansas 1-0

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Louisville softball team fell 1-0 to Kansas in the first game in the opening game of the NCAA Regional Friday at Missouri's University Field. The Cardinals (30-18) will face the loser between Missouri and Indiana State in an elimination game Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (ET). The game was originally slated for a 6 p.m. start, but the schedule has been adjusted because of inclement weather in the forecast.

Lightning in the area forced a 30-minute delay to start the game and a delay that lasted nearly two hours at the start of the fourth inning extended the afternoon. The teams played through two scoreless innings before Kansas broke through with a run in the bottom of the third. Chaley Brickey delivered a leadoff single and took second on Maddie Stein's groundout. A hit by Daniella Chavez brought Brickey home for the only run of the game.

The Cardinals had a chance to score in the third when Kristina Dillard was safe on an infield single and Hailey Smith reached on an error to put a pair of runners on with one out in the inning, but a pair of fly outs squelched the opportunity.