May 30, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Arizona's record-setting season came to an end Saturday with a record-breaking 14-0 loss to Alabama in their second game at the Women's College World Series.
The loss marked the worst defeat in the program's 28-year NCAA history. It also marked the first time since 1990 that the Cats didn't score a run at the WCWS.
The Tide put up two runs in their first at-bat, used an eight-run second inning to open up a 10-0 margin, then tacked on another deuce in both the third and fifth innings.
Every Alabama starter tallied at least one hit and an RBI.
Arizona used three pitchers in the contest, and the trio gave up a combined 12 earned runs and scattered 16 hits.
Sarah Akamine (22-8) lasted the longest, giving up six runs on seven hits in three-and-two-thirds innings while striking out four. Jennifer Martinez made her first career WCWS appearance, but gave up four runs on three hit and left without recording an out. Lindsey Sisk tossed 1.1 innings of relief, but gave up four runs on six hits.
Charlotte Morgan (18-6) got the surprise start for Alabama, tossing a five-hitter with a walk and three strikeouts.
Arizona finishes the season with a 46-17 record and a .339 team batting average, good for second in the nation. It had led the nation in batting average coming into the WCWS.
The Cats also led the nation a number of offensive categories including scoring (499 runs, 7.92 runs per game), home runs per game (2.13), and total home runs (134). The HRPG and HR marks are NCAA records.