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SATURDAY COLLEGE SOFTBALL ROUNDUP/Oregon reaches ninth consecutive NCAA super regional by blanking Drake, Oregon State alive in Alabama regional

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

OREGON 3, Drake 0

• The Ducks improved to 27-0 in NCAA regional games under coach Mike White and advanced to next week's super regional.

Top-seeded Oregon (50-7) was not scored on in winning three regional games at Jane Sanders Stadium.

Miranda Elish struck out 11, walked two and scattered five hits on Saturday in improving to 22-1 this year.

Oregon scored in the top of the fifth. Mia Camuso and Lauren Lindvall opened the inning with singles and were bunted to second and third by Shannon Rhodes. After Jenna Lilley was walked intentionally to load the bases, Alexis Mack delivered a two-run single.

The inning continued with a Haley Cruse single that scored Lilley. Mack was called out on a close play at the plate.

Drake (45-12) had base runners in five of the seven innings and four times had runners reach at least second base. But each time Elish needed a strikeout she got it.

Drake pitcher Nicole Newman carried a 0.61 ERA into Friday's game against Oregon. After popping up routinely against Newman through the first four innings of that game, the Ducks got to the Bulldogs' ace (22-5) on Saturday. Oregon had six of its 10 hits, walked twice and did not strikeout in the five innings that Newman pitched in the regional finale.

Eight players had hits for the Ducks, led by Mack, who was 3 for 4.

Oregon will play host to the winner of the Lexington (Kentucky) regional in the best-of-3 super regional next week.

Oregon State 5, Wisconsin 1

• The Beavers avenged their Friday loss and knocked Wisconsin out of the regional with their second win of a long Saturday at Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Oregon State (30-27) will face 12th-seeded Alabama (35-18) at 11:30 a.m. PT Sunday, needing to beat the Crimson Tide twice to advance to a super regional. If the Beavers win the first game, a second game will begin 30 minutes later.

OSU freshman pitcher Mariah Mazon did not allow an earned run, scattering three Wisconsin hits and striking out eight. She walked four.

The Beavers, who beat Middle Tennessee earlier Saturday to earn a second shot at Wisconsin, scored three runs in the top of the third to build a 4-0 lead. Three walks and three errors fueled that inning.

Hope Bradner hit a leadoff homer in the second to open the scoring. Camryn Ybarra homered in the fifth inning to make it 5-0.

Oregon State 4, Middle Tennessee 0

• In the first Saturday elimination game at Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Meehra Nelson pitched a two-hit shutout for the Beavers.

Shelby Weeks went 3 for 3 and scored three runs for Oregon State. McKenna Arriola had two hits, and Alysha Everett had two RBIs.

In the top of the first, Weeks hit an infield single, stole second and scored on a Hope Brandner hit.

In the third, Weeks led off with an infield hit, went to third on an error and scored on a Jessica Garcia groundout.

In the seventh, Everett hit a two-run double.

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