Softball team headed to College World Series

The trip to Oklahoma City didn't come easy for the Cats. DePaul won the first game as senior Jennie Finch gave up four runs in the fourth inning. DePaul scored a run in the fifth and another in the sixth inning and beat the Cats 6-0. The Wildcats played the Blue Demons again in the Championship game.

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Arizona beat DePaul 8-0 and won the NCAA Region II Softball Championship. With the victory came Arizona's 15th-consecutive appearance in the College World Series.

Arizona brought stiff competition to the second game from the beginning, scoring its first run in the bottom of the first inning. With the bases loaded, Mackenzie Vandergeest hit a single to left field, bringing Loveianne Jung home to give Arizona a 1-0 edge.

In the bottom of the second, Arizona had runners on first and second when Courtney Fossatti hit a single up the middle and Lisha Ribellia advanced from second to score. After an intentional walk for Leneah Manuma, an error by DePaul's shortstop allowed Courtney Fossatti and Jung to score, bringing the Arizona lead to 4-0. A double by Jackie Coburn brought Manuma and Vandergeest home, and Arizona left the inning with a 6-0 lead over DePaul. DePaul's pitcher Lindsay Chouinard was hit by Fossatti's single, but completed the inning, only to be relieved in the third by Sarah Martz.

In the bottom of the third with the bases loaded again, a single by Jennie Finch allowed Ribella to score. An error by the leftfielder on the same play allowed Jung to score and Arizona's lead extended to 8-0. The Wildcats would retain that lead through the fourth inning until the game was called by mercy rule in Arizona's favor after the top of the fifth.

Meaghan Finnerty, Courtney Fossatti, Jenny Gladding, Mackenzie Vandergeest and Jennie Finch were all named to the All-Tournament team.

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

The Women's College World Series starts on Thursday, May 23 in Oklahoma City. Arizona hopes to win their seventh National Championship.

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