OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Megan Betsa threw a four-hitter to help Michigan beat LSU 2-0 on Friday night in the Women’s College World Series.
Betsa struck out eight and walked two in seven innings and never allowed a runner to reach third for the Wolverines (52-5), last year’s runner-up.
With the game scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning, Michigan loaded the bases with no outs to chase pitcher Allie Walljasper. Carly Hoover stepped in for the Tigers, but Michigan’s Tera Blanco doubled down the right-field line and knocked in two runs.
Blanco, who had two hits, was the only player on either team with more than one.
Michigan advanced to play Oklahoma in a winners’ bracket game Saturday night. Michigan senior star Sierra Romero will play against her sister, Oklahoma freshman Sydney Romero.
LSU (50-17) will play Alabama in an elimination game today.
Oklahoma 3, Alabama 0, 8 Inn.
Shay Knighten hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Oklahoma a victory over Alabama.
“I was just going up there and trying to do it for my team,” Knighten said. “Sticking to my game plan, just trying to hit something hard. I knew if could get the ball on the ground — I just wanted to move my runner. Just going up there and trying to be aggressive, but smart, and I guess it paid off.”
Oklahoma’s Paige Parker pitched a complete game shutout for the Sooners (53-7) in their 28th straight victory.
Alabama (51-13) threatened in the top of the fifth when Reagan Dykes led off with a double and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice.
Alabama’s Alexis Osorio had a no-hitter until the bottom of the fifth, when Kady Self singled and moved Nicole Pendley to third with one out. But Osorio escaped with a popout to first, then a strikeout.
“In postseason softball there’s three things, starting pitching, team defense, and timely hitting, and they got three for three and we were two out of three,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. “So sometimes that’s the way it goes.”
Oklahoma’s Sydney Romero sent one to the warning track in the sixth, but Alabama’s Haylie McCleney caught it against the wall.
The game was suspended in the middle of the second inning Thursday because of rain.