ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jennie Ritter outdueled D.J. Mathis on
the mound and Alessandra Giampaolo had another key extra-base hit
as Michigan beat Oklahoma 1-0 in nine innings Saturday in the NCAA
Division I softball regionals.
Ritter (29-6) allowed three hits, struck out 15 batters for the
second straight day and stretched her scoreless string to 44
innings for the Wolverines (42-13).
Giampaolo, the hitting star of Friday's win over Youngstown
State, doubled with one out in the ninth, scoring Rebekah Milian,
who reached base on a single to shortstop and moved to second on
Becky Marx's sacrifice bunt.
An intentional walk to 2005 Women's College World Series hero
Samantha Findlay only served to motivate Giampaolo, who drilled a
mistake pitch over the head of fellow center fielder Kristin
Vesely. Milian scored easily to end the matchup of past WCWS
Mathis (15-8) was almost as sharp as she was in Friday's one-hit
shutout of Kent State. She allowed eight hits and had seven
strikeouts for the Sooners (39-20-1), who dropped to the losers
bracket in double-elimination play.
Ritter, whose ERA dipped to 0.58, stranded two runners in the
third and sixth innings. Her biggest scare came in the second, when
designated player Samantha Ricketts drilled a shot over the
right-field fence, just foul for a long strike en route to another
Jennie Ritter outdueled D.J. Mathis on the mound and Alessandra Giampaono had another key extra-base hit as Michigan beat Oklahoma 1-0 in nine innings Saturday in the NCAA Division I softball regionals.