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Women's College World Series: Game Three
NCAA Women's College World Series
It didn't take long for Louisiana to take the lead in game No. 3 of the Women'sCollege World Series. After leadoff batter Jill Robertson singled to third base and thenstole second, Danyelle Gomes hit her 20th round tripper of the season putting the Ragin'Cajuns up by two in the top of the first. It would take Texas until the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead in half: Leadoff batter Tamara Poppe would hit a solo home runto centerfield. Louisiana would keep the Longhorns at bay until the bottom of the sixthwhen the tieing run - Poppe - walked. Amber Hall would hit a two-run bomb to put Texasup by one. Cat Osterman would retire the final three batters to give the Longhornsthe win. In addition to retiring 20 batters in a row, Osterman got her 1,000th careerstrike out tonight.
Texas will play the winner of game four at 7 p.m. Friday night. Louisiana-Lafayette will play the loser of game four at 3 p.m. Saturday.
WHAT THEY SAID
"I think this game was almost an overview of the season. We wonder who's going to getit done and you have to trust that someone will get it done. This was a good character builder for us. We had to work hard for this tonight. Between the third and fourthinning we pulled everyone in and I said we needed to pull the momentum to our side. There was a little lull after the first inning, so we talked about getting the momentumback."
"I definitely went in feeling tense. Not necessarily pressure because the teamdoesn't do that. I put pressure on myself. I wasn't in my groove until later in the game.(Jill Robertson) hit a good pitch. I knew I had to settle down. I'd rather give up 10singles than one home run."
"It was just like we have to get it done. We were running out of outs. I had no doubtwe'd get it done. It was a good feeling."
"I think these girls went out ready to play. They played with a lot of heart and a lotof emotion. We really came out with a bang. They fight every pitch. When we have anotherat-bat, I know it's not over. They carry big sticks. I'm proud of them. I think they dida great job against (Osterman)."
"My arm was a little sore, but it's fine. I'm ready to go."
"There's no feeling like that. It was amazing. It was amazing to know everyone wasbehind me."
Go to NCAA Championships for the complete Women's College World Series schedule, including television coverage.