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DePaul Eliminates Arizona From WCWS
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/29/1999
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OKLAHOMA CITY (May 29) - DePaul pitcher Liza Brown outdueled Arizona's Becky Lemke to beat the Wildcats, 1-0, and end the UA's season in the quarterfinals of the softball College World Series Saturday night.

DePaul (54-13) will play UCLA in a semi-final matchup at 12 noon Sunday, having to beat the Bruins twice to reach the championship game on Monday. DePaul is 2-1 in Series play; UCLA is 2-0. Arizona finished 1-2.

Arizona, the No. 2 or 3 team in the rankings throughout the year and a team which has played in the NCAA title game for eight consecutive years, ended its season three victories short of that spot at 53-16 overall.

Brown (22-8) held the Cats to two hits and allowed only two runners to reach scoring position. She stuck out three. Lemke allowed only three hits and struck out six.

Arizona did not hit the ball hard and could not get the ball on the ground to work any short-game tactics against Brown. Wildcat batters popped out 13 times, plus lined out to center two other times.

DePaul took the lead and the scored the game's only run in the bottom of the fourth. Yvette Healy singled to center and then beat the throw to second on a sacrifice bunt by Liza Brown. Julie Luna doubled off the fence near the left field line, scoring Healy.

Arizona had three baserunners in the game and all stopped at second base. UA centerfielder Lauren Bauer doubled with one out in the first. Katie Swan was sacrificed to second with one out after singling in the third. Toni Mascarenas walked in the seventh and was stranded after moving to second on a sacrifice.

DePaul is one of only three non-conference teams to beat Arizona in 1999 -- and did it twice. The Cats lost at Texas, 1-0, in February, lost to DePaul, 2-0, in Fullerton, Calif., in March; lost to Cal State Northridge, 5-3, in Tucson in April; and lost to Maryland, 7-3, in NCAA Regional play in Tucson. Oregon State had the only other non-conference victory over Arizona, beating UA 3-2, also in Fullerton at the Kia Klassic Tournament.

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