Cats have their backs against the wall

The top ranked Arizona softball team finds itself in an unfamiliar position. After falling 3-2 to No. 20 Oklahoma, the Wildcats have to win three straight games if they hope to advance to the College Softball World Series in Oklahoma City.

The Cats fell behind early and was not able to get back into the contest. Kami Keiter (20-12) kept the Wildcats off balanced, scattering seven hits and only allowing Wildcat hitters to cross the plate in the fourth.

"I give credit to their pitcher (Kami Keiter)," said Arizona coach Larry Ray. "She was mixing it up and we didn't make the necessary adjustments."

Arizona hurler Alicia Hollowell was not her normal sharp self. She gave up eight hits, while only striking out six Sooners. She dropped to 41-3 on the season.

The Wildcats must now beat Louisiana-Lafayette tonight and then sweep Oklahoma twice on Sunday to get back to Oklahoma City. The Sooners need to win just once to advance. While the task is daunting, the Cats do have history on their side. Arizona is 41-2 in NCAA play at Hillenbrand Stadium, advancing out of the Regionals every time they have hosted the event.

"We've got our work cut out for us," Ray said. "We've got to win three games over the next two days and that is going to mentally and physically tough for us."

Information from the University of Arizona Media Relations Department was used in this report.

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