Cats get past Huskies in the seventh

All season long the Cats lived by the longball, but it was the short game and some luck that played a huge role in their 2-1 win over Washington in the second round of the College Softball World Series. The Cats used six sacrifice bunts to advance runners, but needed a pair of Husky errors to take the lead.

The Wildcats took the lead in the bottom of the seventh, but needed two errors to do so. The Wildcats' speed put pressure on Husky infielders and the two throwing errors made the difference. Lisha Rebelia was jammed, but streaked down to first and a rushed throw got away from first baseman Sarah Hyatt. Rebellia did not hesitate and hustled to second base.

With one out Crystal Farley sacrificed Rebellia to third with a great bunt. Speedy Autumn Champion came up with two outs and hit a hot shot to third base but Kathy Fiske threw wide of Hyatt and Rebellia scored to give the Cats the go ahead run.

Alicia Hollowell pitched well. Her lone mistake was a solo shot by Kristen Rivera in the fourth that tied the game at one. Other than that Hollowell dictated the pace, striking out 13 in the contest. Hollowell also passed Jennie Finch for the Cats single season strikeout mark. With the 13 K's she now has 374, sight more than Finch had last season.

The Cats challenged in the fifth and sixth inning, but despite base hits and great sacrifices, the Cats could not get the timely hit they needed to break the tie.

In the sixth inning Courtney Fossatti and Lovie Jung led off the inning with back-to-back singles. With the two runners on base Washington went to the pen and brought in Ashley Boek to relieve starter Tia Bollinger who got the win the previous day. Boek pitched well, getting a pair of strikeouts and the Cats failed to score.

The Cats are now in a good position. They advance to the winner's bracket and won't play again until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. The Cats will have to lose twice on Sunday to be eliminated. One win and they advance to the championship game on Monday.

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