Cats advance to Super Regional

It wasn't easy, but the Wildcat softball team erased the bad memories from a year ago. Last year the Wildcats squandered home field advantage and failed to make the College Softball World Series. This year they are off to a Super Regional.

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Oklahoma State pushed the Wildcats to extra innings, but Jackie Coburn hit a one-out , walk-off shot to right field and the Cats took a hard fought 2-1 win.

The Cats took the lead in the third thanks to a solo shot by Caitlin Lowe. The Cowgirls came right back in the top of the fourth with their lone run of the game. Tara Jeffery singled in pinch runner Rachel Johnson to even things up.

After that it was all pitching until the eighth.

Oklahoma State pitcher Jessica Hoppock was solid. She went the full way scattering six hits, while striking out five. She never really faced any serious jams, but was victimized by the longball.

Arizona coach Mike Candrea gambled a bit by starting Leslie Wolfe. Wolfe had a solid outing. She went 4 2/3 innings, giving up just three hits and walking a pair. With two out in the fifth Candrea turned the game over to team ace Alicia Hollowell who nailed things down for her 29th win.

It will be new territory for the Wildcats. NCAA softball has mimicked baseball with the implementation of a Super Regional round. The Cats will play another round with a birth in the College Softball World Series on the line. Their will face 14-seed Oklahoma at Hillenbrand next Friday.


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