Arizona, Arizona State and Washington Punch Tickets to WCWS
May 25, 2009
The field is set in Oklahoma City, with Arizona, Arizona State and Washington all advancing to the Women's College World Series. The three teams from the Pac-10 will join Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and Michigan, May 28-June 3 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The third-seeded Washington softball team made quick work of the No. 14 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Super Regionals, capping a sweep of the best-of-three series with a 7-0 win Sunday to advance to their ninth trip to the Women's College World Series and their second in the last three years.
Danielle Lawrie was the star of the day, firing a three-hit shutout and striking out eight while blasting two home runs and knocking in four RBI as the Huskies breezed to the victory. She did not walk a batter in improving to 37-7 to break Washington's single-season victories record and picked up her first career two-home run game.
UW advances to face No. 6 Georgia in the first game of the World Series on Thursday at 10 a.m. PT in Oklahoma City. The game will air live on ESPN.
Ninth seed Arizona forced Stanford in to a game three situation, only to come up with a 6-5 victory over the Cardinal Friday night. The victory will send the Wildcats to their 21st Women's College World Series appearance.
UA's Lindsay Sisk entered in relief of starter Sarah Akamine in the first inning and struck out 14 the rest of the way to hold back the Cardinal, who had beaten the Wildcats Thursday in game one of the Super Regional.
Arizona, the top-ranked offense in the nation, will face top-seed Florida, with its star ace Stacey Nelson, on Thursday at 6 p.m. PT in the final game of the evening.
Fourteen hits for eleven runs as well as Hillary Bach's fifth complete-game shutout in six postseason starts spelled the story for the tenth-seeded ASU Softball as they punched their ticket to their fourth consecutive Women's College World Series on Saturday with an 11-0 win in five innings over the North Dakota Bison.
The defending National Champion Sun Devils face Missouri at Noon PT on Thursday.
For more information on the WCWS, visit the NCAA's tournament website.