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Women's College World Series: Game Three

 

NCAA Women's College World Series
Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Weather: Clearing skies, low 70s

Thursday's schedule/results (All times Central):

Game 1 - No. 8 Alabama (2) vs. No. 1 Arizona (3)
Game 2 - No. 5 Washington (3) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (1)
Game 3 - No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette 2 vs. No. 6 Texas 3
Game 4 - 9 p.m. - No. 7 California vs. No. 2 UCLA

Friday's Schedule (All times Central:

Game 5 - 4:30 p.m. - Arizona vs. Washington
Game 6 - 7 p.m. - winner game 3 vs. winner game 7
Game 3: Texas 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 2 -- FINAL

Louisiana-Lafayette 200 000 0 -- 2-1-0
Texas 000 102 x -- 3-3-1
Cat Osterman (Texas) and Brooke Mitchell (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Winning Pitcher: Cat Osterman (Texas) (31-4)
Losing Pitcher: Brooke Mitchell (Louisiana-Lafayette) (26-8)

It didn't take long for Louisiana to take the lead in game No. 3 of the Women's College World Series. After leadoff batter Jill Robertson singled to third base and then stole 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 run to centerfield. Louisiana would keep the Longhorns at bay until the bottom of the sixth when the tieing run - Poppe - walked. Amber Hall would hit a two-run bomb to put Texas up by one. Cat Osterman would retire the final three batters to give the Longhorns the win. In addition to retiring 20 batters in a row, Osterman got her 1,000th career strike 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 get it 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 fourth inning 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 momentum back."
Texas head coach Connie Clark

"I definitely went in feeling tense. Not necessarily pressure because the team doesn'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 10 singles than one home run."  Texas sophomore Cat Osterman

"It was just like we have to get it done. We were running out of outs. I had no doubt we'd get it done. It was a good feeling."  Texan Tamara Poppe on the mood in the dugout before the sixth

"I think these girls went out ready to play. They played with a lot of heart and a lot of emotion. We really came out with a bang. They fight every pitch. When we have another at-bat, I know it's not over. They carry big sticks. I'm proud of them. I think they did a great job against (Osterman)."  Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Stefni Lotief

"My arm was a little sore, but it's fine. I'm ready to go."  Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Brooke Mitchell

 

"There's no feeling like that. It was amazing. It was amazing to know everyone was behind me."  Louisiana-Lafayette's Danyelle Gomes on hitting a home run in the Women's College World Series

 

Go to NCAA Championships for the complete Women's College World Series schedule, including television coverage.