Cats Downed, Out of WCWS
May 31, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY - A late-inning rally scored four runs and Arizona couldn't get the bats rolling as their season came to an end in Game 8 of the Women's College World Series here on Saturday afternoon with a 5-1 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Alabama tacked on four runs in the sixth inning, all after a one-out walk to eight-hole hitter Ashley Holcombe. Another walk sandwiched between four hits including an RBI double and a two-RBI single tallied the final margin of 5-1.
Freshman Kelsi Dunne (26-5) held Arizona to four hits in the complete game win while striking out five.
Senior Taryne Mowatt (29-15) struck out eight batters and scattered 10 hits in her final game donning the cardinal and navy.
Arizona (41-19) put two on with no outs courtesy of a leadoff walk to Brittany Lastrapes and a bruiser to K'Lee Arredondo. Jenae Leles tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but Lastrapes was gunned down on her way to third, and two flyouts ended the threat.
Alabama (57-7) threatened with two outs in the second when Kellie Eubanks singled into center, followed by an Holcombe line drive off the glove of Laine Roth at first that ended up in right. Eubanks advanced to third on the play, but Mowatt forced Whitney Larsen into a pop-out to end the Crimson Tide threat.
Two base hits in the second produced no runs for the Cats. Callista Balko nailed a one-out shot down the third base line, but Lauren Schutzler could not advance her as she grounded into a fielder's choice. After an Adrienne Acton single to center, Lastrapes went down swinging with two left on.
With two outs in the Tide third, Charlotte Morgan hit her team leading 19th home run of the season onto the left field concourse to open the scoring. Kelley Montalvo popped up to end their half up, 1-0.
Arizona got the run back in their half after Arredondo reached on an error, moved over on two sac bunts that recorded one total out, and touched home on a Stacie Chambers single to left. Roth popped out inside the box, and pinch-runner Jill Malina was cut down at home on a double-steal attempt to end the inning tied at one apiece.
Mowatt found herself in another jam with a leadoff single by Dani Woods in the fourth. After a popup and a strikeout, Holcombe singled and Larsen walked to load the bases. On a controversial call, Rogers grounded back to Mowatt who had trouble fielding the ball, but managed to toss it to Balko for the force at the dish for the final out of the inning. Alabama coach Patrick Murphy argued the call, but to no avail as the score remained tied at one.
In the Arizona fifth, Lastrapes led off with a single that dribbled through the left side of the shortstop. Arredondo grounded into a fielder's choice at second, and Leles was hit on an 0-2 count to put runners at the first two bases. But Sam Banister hit a line drive right to the shortstop who doubled up Arredondo at second to leave another runner stranded.
Notes: With the loss, Arizona failed to reach the Championship game for the first time while defending one of its eight national championships.