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Women's College World Series: Game Five
NCAA Women's College World Series
Arizona took an early lead over Washington in the top of the second following a leadoffwalk from Mackenzie Vandergeest, a sac bunt from Wendy Allen and a double to centerfieldfrom Jackie Coburn. Washington tied it up in the fourth with a solo round tripper fromKristen Rivera. Both teams would leave several runners on base through the sixth. Arizonalooked as if it may take the lead in the top of the sixth when leadoff batter CourtneyFossatti hit a leadoff single to centerfield. Lovie Jung singled over the second baseman'shead and Washington decided to bring in a fresh pitcher. Ashley Boek shut down Arizona'sfinal two batters with a strike out and a ground out. Arizona would intentionally walkKristen Rivera to get to Kathy Fiske who grounded out to second. Arizona would scorethe winning run in the seventh when Lisha Ribella reached second on an error and AutumnChampion slapped to third and was safe at first following a bad throw. It also appearedthat Champion missed the bag, but Washington did not appeal.
WHAT THEY SAID
"I knew it would be a heavy weight fight. Washington swings the bat well. I knew thekey would be (Alicia) quieting the middle of the lineup. My hats are off to (Arizona).You can't always rely on the bats. When you have speed little things can happen like theydid. I feel like we stole one and we'll take it." ON THE POSSIBILITY OF CHAMPION MISSINGTHE BAG AT FIRST: "I was sweating bullets waiting for the next pitch."
"I have total confidence in the offense. They know they can get the job done. I wasn'tas nervous as yesterday. I knew it was a big game and I knew I had to be ready to go. Ifeel like I came out a little stronger this time."
"We earned a day off tomorrow. We'll come out Sunday and work hard. The offensedefinitely has a lot of different heroes."
"I know they know I'm fast. It happens a lot with slappers (players rush the throwto first). I do remember touching the bag. I'm almost 100 percent sure I touched it."
"Well, it was an exciting game for the fans. At this point in the season, you can'tbeat yourself and that's what we did today. It was a hard fought game today."
"If we would have made her go into our zone, we would have hit better."
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