Published: June 1, 2008
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/> In a NCAA Division II softball game, Western Oregon player Tucholsky hit a winning home run but couldn't complete her jog around the bases after suffering a leg injury. Wallace and Holtman, players for opposing Central Washington, carried Tucholsky around the bases.

"I watch it every year on TV,” Tucholsky said of the Women's College World Series. "To be here and to throw out the first pitch is really exciting.”

•Special appearance: Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops made his first-ever appearance at the WCWS. Stoops showed up for the opening game, presumably to watch his former school, Florida, take on Virginia Tech.

•Attendance update: The Saturday afternoon session drew 6,621 fans. Bolstered by an all-time single session record crowd of 8,230 Friday night, the total attendance was 26,696 heading into Saturday night's session.

•Field issues: Saturday's first game had a brief delay in the first inning after Virginia Tech third baseman Charisse Mariconda slipped trying to field a bunt. The grounds crew came out to put down additional dirt to dry some wet spots on the infield.

By Mike Baldwin, Scott Wright, Zach West and Mike Jeffries


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