Arizona's Season Comes to An End

Arizona looked to advance through the loser's bracket today playing Texas in a game originally scheduled for Saturday evening. Alicia Hollowell relieved Leslie Wolfe in the second inning who battled strong against Texas' ace Cat Osterman in a classic pitcher's duel, as Arizona fought in extra innings the second straight game, but Arizona fell short despite heroic efforts in the bottom of the eleventh inning, losing 1-0.

In yet another pitcher's duel, Arizona and Texas fought a long and quiet game as neither team was able to do much offensively, and there was no score through 10 innings when Texas was able to strike

Texas threatened in the top of the eleventh with runners on first and second with only one out and Tucson native Desiree Williams at the plate for the Longhorns. Williams hit a short fly ball to the outfield for a double. The runner on second was running home and was caught in a pickle. She charged home when Shelly Schultz caught the ball on third but she threw the ball into MicKayla Padilla's back allowing her to score the go ahead run. Arizona was able to get out of the inning and entered the bottom of the eleventh inning down 1-0. Caitlin Lowe began the inning with a leadoff single followed by a ground out by Autumn Champion advancing Lowe to second. After the sacrifice, Kristie Fox was walked putting runners on first and second with only one out, and power hitter Jackie Coburn at the plate.

Coburn hit two very long foul balls during her at bat, but eventually reached first on a walk, loading the bases with only one out, and Schultz coming up to the plate. Schultz was obviously looking to redeem herself from her poor performance with two errors, two strike outs and two ground outs prior to her at bat. Unfortunately, she popped out short to the outfield, not allowing the runner from third to score. Jen Martinez was up next, but struck out swinging, as Arizona's season came to an end in the bottom of the eleventh inning.

Arizona found themselves in a hole with four must win games ahead of them in order to make it to the championship series. Instead, they fell short on their second outing as the season ended, and the group of U of A seniors was the first not to win a National Championship since UA's 1988 freshman class.

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