Saturday's action on the Plains was wacky, to say the least. Auburn benefitted from a controversial call (for once; every other one has gone against the Tigers this year) that sent Game 1 of the day into extra innings. The Tigers finally finished things off in the 9th inning defeating Cal 4-3. Once again, it was Alyssa Rivera coming through with the game-winning RBI.
In Game 2, the first Elimination Game, Notre Dame sent East Tennessee State home with a 7-6 win. They turned around to face Cal in the second Elimination Game shortly afterward. That game was suspended in the top of the 5th inning with Cal leading 4-3.
Right now, that game is scheduled to resume at 10:30 am Central. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen. You see, there are storms predicted all day long, tomorrow. Remember those strange rain rules? Those rules are the reason why it was so important for Auburn to stay in the winner's bracket. Should the weather not allow a game to be played - or should one finish and the next game is unable to be played - Auburn will advance by virtue of being the highest-ranked undefeated seed.
This is where things stand for tomorrow in terms of game times at the moment:
Game 5: 10 a.m. CT – No. 2 California 4, No. 3 Notre Dame 3 (T5)
Game 6: 11:30 a.m. CT – No. 1 Auburn vs. Winner of Game 5
Game 7 - if necessary - will come 30 minutes after the end of Game 6. The first two games are only going to be on WatchESPN. Game 7's broadcast is unknown.
In other news, Oklahoma is actually in the loser's bracket of their Regional. They lost Game 1 to North Dakota State and are leading Arkansas as of my writing this. They will have to face the Bison again should they prevail. Tulsa is the current leader in their Regional bracket.