Alicia Hollowell (28-4) surrendered only one earned run in nine innings of work, fanning 10 Beaver hitters. OSU’s Brianne McGowan (29-8) scattered 10 hits and walked six hitters, as UA stranded 11 runners.
With the victory,
OSU did not have many scoring opportunities, but got a leadoff hitter on in the second inning. Vanessa Iapala, who would later ground out into just the fifth groundball double play Arizona has turned this year, led off the second frame with a single to right. Next, the Wildcats successfully executed their bunt defense, cutting down pinch runner Maggie DeWall on Stef Ewing’s sac bunt attempt, and nearly turning a double play on a bang-bang play at first.
|The Cats ready to greet Fox (AP)|
With Champion and Lowe on first and second, respectively, Kristie Fox came through with a single to centerfield, scoring Lowe and increasing UA’s lead to 2-0.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Beavers got on the board with a Brianne McGowan home run that snuck past the leftfield foul pole, bringing the game to its 2-1 margin.
That margin would hold through the bottom of the fifth inning, when officials halted the game due to lightning around ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Approximately an hour and a half later, the Pac-10 foes resumed play and a Wildcat rally quickly ensued.
Laine Roth led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk and moved to second on Adrienne Acton’s first career WCWS hit. Then, one of the rarest events in
Following the unsuccessful rally,
With the 9-1-2 hitters due up for UA in the bottom of the seventh, the Wildcats looked primed for a walk-off win. After
In the bottom of the eighth, Taryne Mowatt lined a two-out double down the leftfield line, followed by a Laine Roth walk. With pinch runner Kelly Nelson standing 120 feet away, pinch hitter Sam Banister went down swinging on a full-count pitch.
The Wildcats finally broke through with a run in the ninth, with top of the order due up. Lowe rapped out her third hit of the day, and moved into scoring position on Champion’s perfectly executed sac bunt. McGowan then made the mistake of giving Fox a pitch to hit, and the All-American shortstop from
- Autumn Champion has hit safely in six consecutive games
- The Wildcats improved to 27-1 in games that they have led at any point during the 2006 season.
- Caitlin Lowe had her 26th multi-hit game of the year, and her fifth three-hit (or better) game in 2006.
- The rain delay lasted 1 hour, 35 minutes. Adding in 2 hours, 44 minutes of playing, the total game time elapsed was 4 hours, 19 minutes.
- UA holds a 47-4 all-time record at the WCWS when scoring at least one run in a game.
- Alicia Hollowell tied Jennie Finch for the No. 4 spot on the season strikeout list, giving Hollowell the top four spots.