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2011 NCAA Softball World Series: Alabama, Arizona State Advance

In the most dramatic fashion, Women’s College World Series favorite Arizona State advanced with a walk off victory while No. 2 Alabama shut out their opponent to move on in bracket play as the lone remaining undefeated teams in the tournament. That means that Florida and Baylor both took their first loss and now face elimination with their next loss.

Arizona State defeated No. 4 Florida 6-5, winning in dramatic fashion as Annie Lockwood drove in the winning run on an RBI single with the bases loaded to advance. Lockwood also homered earlier in the game. The Sun Devils led through three and seemed unstoppable until the Gators pounced on ASU’s Dallas Escobedo for five runs in the top of the fourth inning and it was back and forth after that until Lockwood brought it home.

Meanwhile Baylor was defeated, 3-0, on another shutout by Alabama’s dynamite pitching combo of Kelsi Dunne and Jackie Traina. It was the same story against California and it seems like no team might be able to touch their pitching if it keeps up like this. Alabama’s Kaila Hunt and Kayla Braud both had two hits in the win.

Both ASU and Alabama get the day off while the rest must continue to fight for the chance to make it into the Championship series which begins Monday. Baylor plays at 9:30 ET tonight against the winner of Oklahoma/Missouri, while Florida faces the winner of California/Oklahoma State.