Arizona, Arizona State and Washington Get Ready For The Women's College World Series

May 29, 2007


The top-seeded Arizona softball team (44-12-1) will attempt to defend its 2006 NCAA title as the Wildcats return to Oklahoma City for the 2007 Women's College World Series. The double-elimination tournament includes eight teams that will begin play on Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The last two teams standing will face off in a best-of-three game series to determine this year's national champion.

The Wildcats will open the WCWS against eighth-seeded Baylor on Thursday at approximately 8 p.m. (CDT). UA will face either Tennessee or Texas A&M in the second round.

Once again, all WCWS games will be televised on either ESPNHD or ESPN2HD. Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza are slated as the broadcast team for all day-session games, while Eric Collins and Michelle Smith will share the call for the night session ...

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TEMPE, Ariz. - A grand slam from Jackie Vasquez and a six-hit, 12 strikeout effort from Katie Burkhart claimed another first in ASU softball program history Saturday as the seventh-seeded ASU Sun Devils topped ten-seed LSU 7-4 in Game Two of the Tempe Super Regional to earn their second consecutive Women's College World Series appearance. It is the first time ASU has made back-to-back appearances in Oklahoma City after winning five straight in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. ASU is now 54-15 headed to Oklahoma while LSU wraps their season at 55-12.

ASU was the visiting team for Game Two of the Super Regional and decided to set the pace in their first at-bats as Jessica Mapes grabbed a lead-off single followed with back-to-back walks to Kaitlin Cochran and Mindy Cowles to load up the bags with no outs. Clean-up hitter Jackie Vasquez then dug in to swing away where she took a 2-1 pitch deep to right center for her first career grand slam and only her second career home run, giving the Sun Devils the 4-0 lead.

ASU never relinquished the lead even as the Tigers tried to claw back. A two-run home run from designated player Quinlan Duhon cut ASU's lead in half in the first inning, while another solo shot from catcher Kristen Hobbs put the score at 4-3 after only two innings of play. The teams kept it locked at that until the fifth when ASU tabbed two more on the Tigers with a two-RBI double to left center from Bianca Cruz, rallying ASU to a 6-3 lead ...

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UP NEXT: The Washington softball team (40-17) swept Alabama in the Seattle Super Regional last week to advance to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., May 31-June 6. The Huskies, who are making their eighth World Series appearance, are seeded sixth and will open play against No. 14 seed DePaul (46-11) on Thursday, May 31 at 10 a.m. (PT). Joining Washington and DePaul at the double elimination tournament are No. 1 seed Arizona (44-12-1), No. 2 seed Northwestern (50-11), No. 4 seed Texas A&M (46-12), No. 5 seed Tennessee (59-6), No. 7 seed Arizona State (54-14) and No. 8 seed Baylor (50-14). Washington's first round game will be televised live on ESPN and will be broadcast via the Washington ISP Sports Network through KKNW 1150 AM radio on the Dawg Channel on Broadcasts will begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

UW IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: The Huskies are making their eighth appearance in the College World Series (1996-2000, 2003-04) and first since 2004. Washington has a 13-12 record in those games and was national runner-up in 1996 and 1999. In 2004, Washington lost the opener to Oklahoma 6-2 and was eliminated by Florida State 2-0, marking the first time in program history the Huskies did not win a game at the WCWS. Washington is 58-25 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

UW WINS FIRST SUPER REGIONAL: After knocking on the door the past two seasons, the Huskies swept No. 11 seed Alabama, 4-3 and 7-5, at the Seattle Super Regional over the weekend to advance to their first Women's College World Series since the Super Regional round was added in 2005. Washington lost the 2005 Super Regional to eventual national champion Michigan 2-1 in Ann Arbor and was swept by Texas and pitching great Cat Osterman in Austin last season ...

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