Softball wins extra innings thriller

Arizona is no stranger to the College World Series and the pressure that comes along with it. The Wildcats overcame a lengthy rain delay, got clutch hitting and pulled out a 3-2 over Oregon State in extra innings.

Arizona worked out of a jam in the top of the ninth and then finished off the upstart Oregon State Beavers in the bottom half of the inning.

Caitlin Lowe got things started. The Wildcat lead-off hitter went up the middle, past a diving Paige Lowe, Caitlin's younger sister. Autumn Champion layed down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Lowe to second.

Kristie Fox finished the game. The Wildcat shortstop worked the count before lining a 2-1 pitch over the second base bag. Lowe was off on contact and raced home for the game winning run.

"I don't know how many times Fox has done that this year," Mike Candrea said to ESPN television. "Just an outstanding clutch job."

Lowe's heads-up base running made-up for a base-running goof in the seventh. In that inning Lowe attempted to steal second but left the bag early.

The Wildcats prevailed despite committing three errors and having to wait through a three hour rain delay.

Arizona will play Texas Friday at 4:00 Tucson time.


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