NCAA Women's College World Series
Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Weather: Overcast, cool
Thursday's schedule/results (All times Central):Game 1 - 10 a.m. - No. 8 Alabama vs. No. 1 Arizona
Game 2 - 1 p.m. - No. 5 Washington vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Game 3 - 6:30 p.m. - No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 6 Texas
Game 4 - 9 p.m. - No. 7 California vs. UCLA
Game 1: Arizona 3, Alabama 2 -- FINAL
Alabama (49-20) 000 020 0 -- 2-2-0
Arizona (55-5) 003 000 x -- 3-6-0
Alicia Hallowell (Arizona) and Stephanie VanBrakle (Alabama)
Winning Pitcher: Alicia Hallowell (39-3)
Losing Pitcher: Stephanie VanBrakle (18-6)
The first game of the 2003 Women's College World Series went scoreless through the second until Arizona put up its only three runs of the game. Crystal Farley got a leadoff bunt followed by an Autumn Champion walk. Courtney fossati would load the bases on a base hit down the third base line. Lovieanne Jung would hit a double off the center field wall to score two. The runner would score from third on a Wendy Allen ground out to second. It would only take one inning for Bama to answer. Leadoff batter Staci Ramsey singled down the left field line and then stole second on a wild pitch. Ashley Courtney doubled to deep right to score the team's only two runs.
Arizona faces the winner of game 2 at 4:30 p.m. CDT on Friday. Alabama will face the loser of game 2 at 11 a.m. CDT on Friday.
WHAT THEY SAID
"I think the first game is always the one you're most concerned about as a coach. I was a little concerned with playing the early game, but we've got a win under our belt now. One disappointment is that I felt that we couldn't get ourselves kick-started emotionally. We're pleased. We've got a lot of softball left."
"It's a huge role (to have energy and jump start the offense) because once Alabama got a runner on base they were more energized. And the more energy you have, the more things go your way."
"I'm nervous before every game, but I was probably a little more for this one. I played through it. I didn't really come out throwing my A-game. Then I settled down and started throwing my A-game."
"We've played Arizona many times and the closest we've every come to beating them was a 6-2 game in 2000. To bring this young of a team to the World Series and play them to a 3-2 game...we lost but I'm ecstatic. Holding their offense down to three runs...I'm pretty pleased."
"When you come in as the No. 8 seed and face the No. 1 team in the nation and play them to a 3-2 game, knowing full well you could have beaten them is a great feeling. It was great to play the way we did."
"When everybody started hitting a little bit more and making contact, our confidence got better. We came together as a team."
Go to NCAA Championships for the complete Women's College World Series schedule, including television coverage.