NCAA softball regionals: Offense elusive for Army, Marist in losses
Neither Army nor Marist could find any offense against a pair of the nation's best pitchers in the Friday night's NCAA softball regionals.
Texas, the fourth overall seed in the tournament, defeated Army 5-0 in the Austin, Texas, regional, holding the Black Knights to just three hits.
In the Norman, Okla., regional, first-seeded Oklahoma crushed the Red Foxes 17-0 in a game that was called after five innings because of the mercy rule. Marist mustered just one hit.
TEXAS 5, ARMY 0
Mandy Ogle hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Longhorns (45-8) never looked back.
Texas ace Blaire Luna and reliever Kim Bruins combined to allow just four base runners and strike out eight.
Army third baseman Kasey McCravey accounted for two of her team's three hits.
The Black Knights (35-25) will face Houston, which lost to South Carolina 6-4 on Friday, in an elimination game at 3 p.m. Saturday. The game will be streamed online at WatchESPN.com.
OKLAHOMA 17, MARIST 0
Keilani Ricketts, the reigning USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, yielded one hit over three innings, while Michelle Gascoigne issued only a pair of walks in two innings of relief for the Sooners (48-4).
Lauren Chamberlain went 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs for Oklahoma.
Krysten Van Natta recorded Marist's only hit.
The Red Foxes (30-25) will play Fordham, which lost to Arkansas 5-1 on Friday, in an elimination game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The game also will appear on WatchESPN.com.