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NCAA softball: Vidales’ blast helps keep Aggies alive

Tori Vidales hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning as 16th-seeded Texas A&M beat Florida 5-4 to stay alive in the best-of-three super regional in Gainesville, Fla.

It was the 64th career home run and 13th of the season for Vidalis, who had been hitless in the series.

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The Aggies, who blew a two-run, seventh-inning lead in Game 1, notched their first-ever victory against Florida in Gainesville. The winner of Saturday’s decisive game will advance to the Women’s College World Series.

Nicole Dewitt hit a two-run double and Janell Wheaton also had two RBIs for the No. 2 seed Gators.

Oklahoma 7, Arkansas 2: Jocelyn Alo and Shay Knighten hit back-back homers in the third inning as the fourth-seeded Sooners took a 1-0 series lead against the No. 18 seed Razorbacks in Norman, Okla.

Paige Lowary allowed three hits over six innings for the two-time defending champions.

Georgia 4, Tennessee 3: Alyssa Dicarlo and Alysen Febrey hit back-to-back homers in the third as the seventh-seeded Bulldogs held on to beat the No. 10 seed Volunteers in Game 1 in Athens,

Ga.

The Volunteers pulled within 4-3 in the seventh after two walks by Mary Wilson Avant and a botched double-play attempt. But a fly ball with two outs and two runners on base ended the game.

Louisiana State 6, Florida State 5: Amanda Doyle hit a two-run double during a four-run fifth inning as the 11th-seeded Tigers beat the No. 6 seed Seminoles in Game 1 in Tallahassee, Fla..

Washington 3, Alabama 2 (9): Taylor Van Zee hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning as the sixth-seeded Huskies beat the No. 12 seed in Game 1 in Seattle.

Oregon 6, Kentucky 1: The top-seeded Ducks forced a Game 3 Saturday against the 18th-seeded Wildcats in Eugene, Ore.

Arizona State 5, South Carolina 2: Jade Gortarez hit a two-run homer and also scored on a bunt as the No. 8 seed Sun Devils cruised to a victory in the series opener in Tempe, Ariz.

NISC title

Hannah Bandimer pitched a one-hit shutout as host Loyola Marymount beat UC Riverside 5-0 to claim the National Invitational Softball Championship.

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