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Dayton Flyers and Miami RedHawks bounced in first round of NCAA softball tournament

Tennessee, the tournament’s third seed, improved to 3-0 all-time against Dayton. Dayton lost 9-0 to Tennessee in the 2015 season opener and 3-1 in 2016.

Tennessee took a 2-0 lead into the second inning. Destiny Rodriguez hit what would have been a three-run homer, but it passed the runner on first base as he rounded for first. They called her and in her place she recorded a single. Both runners on base scored.

Tennessee added a run in the fifth.

Dayton was held to two hits by Nicolette Papavasiliou and Kaelene Walter. Tennessee’s Karlyn Pickens struck out 12 in seven innings.

Dayton (33-20) will play Miami (48-8) in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Virginia (33-18) will play Tennessee (41-10) at 1 p.m. The winner of the Dayton-Miami game will play the loser of the Virginia-Tennessee game at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

In Friday’s first game in the Knoxville regional, Virginia’s Eden Bigham pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout against Miami, striking out 10.

Hadley Parisien and Kate Kobayashi had Miami’s only hits.

Miami’s 12-game winning streak ended with defeat. The RedHawks were shut out for the first time this season. They scored at least one run in their previous 68 games. They had not been excluded since April 26, 2023.