June 6, 2005
NCAA WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
June 2-8, 2005
Don E. Porter ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Game 13: Michigan 3, Tennessee 2
- Less than 12 hours after Michigan and Tennessee played a grueling 11-inning contest, the two teams met again for a bid to the WCWS championship series. No. 1 Michigan advanced to the WCWS finals for the first time in school history. The Wolverines improved their WCWS record to 5-15 (they are 3-1 this year). In the past 12 years, the top-seeded team has advanced to the championship game nine times and has won the title four times. Michigan is only the second No. 1 seed to advance to the title game in the last five years (Arizona won the title in 2001 as a No.1 seed).
- The top-ranked Wolverines (63-6) will go head-to-head with UCLA (39-18) in a best-of-three series with the first game scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday. UCLA has won a record 12 consecutive WCWS games and is aiming for its third consecutive NCAA softball title. This year marks the first time a team from the Eastern time zone has made the WCWS finals.
- In their first ever appearance at the WCWS, the Lady Vols were eliminated from the World Series after posting a 3-2 record in Oklahoma City. Tennessee finished the season with a 67-15 record, which is tied for the most wins in a single season in NCAA history. The Vols share the mark with the 1999 Illinois-Chicago and the 1998 Arizona squads.
- Not since 2001 has a first-time WCWS team advanced to the semifinals (Stanford lost to Arizona in the semis that year).
- The Maize and Blue remain perfect when scoring first this season (56-0). The Lady Vols dropped to 7-6 when the opponent scores first and to 8-2 when an opponent scores in the first inning.
- Michigan first baseman Samantha Findlay's RBI single scored Alessandra Giampaolo and marked Findlay's team-high 72nd RBI of the season. It marked her third RBI of the WCWS.
- By recording four strikeouts today, UT's Monica Abbott became only the second pitcher in NCAA history to reach the 600 strikeout mark for a single season (the other is Southern Mississippi's Courtney Blades with 663 in 2000). Abbott finished the year with 603 K's. Her freshman year mark of 582 strikeouts stands fourth in the single season record book.
- Wolverines junior Jessica Bercaw knocked her seventh home run of the year in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-run shot to left field. It was the Wolverines' first homer of the WCWS after arriving with 100 home runs on the season. UM is currently ranked second in the NCAA this season in home runs (Texas-San Antonio finished with 103). UM is also tied for third in the NCAA record books for home runs in a season. The 2001 Arizona squad owns the record with 126 homers.
- Tennessee's Abbott had surrendered just one home run over the past 20 games until Bercaw's blast today. It marked the 17th home run Abbott gave up this season.
- Natalie Brock's two-run pinch hit double in the top of the fifth inning marked her third double of the season and 12th RBI. She did not play in the first two games of the WCWS, but went 3-for-5 over UT's final three games with three RBIs.
- With the win today, UM's Jennie Ritter improved her season record to 36-3 and became Michigan's all-time single-season wins leader (Sara Griffin recorded 35 wins in 1996 and 1998).