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Women's College World Series: Game 1
NCAA Women's College World Series
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 aleadoff bunt followed by an Autumn Champion walk. Courtney fossati would load the baseson a base hit down the third base line. Lovieanne Jung would hit a double off the centerfield wall to score two. The runner would score from third on a Wendy Allen ground outto second. It would only take one inning for Bama to answer. Leadoff batter Staci Ramseysingled 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 facethe 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 wasa 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 Alabamagot a runner on base they were more energized. And the more energy you have, the morethings 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 downand started throwing my A-game."
"We've played Arizona many times and the closest we've every come to beating them wasa 6-2 game in 2000. To bring this young of a team to the World Series and play them to a3-2 game...we lost but I'm ecstatic. Holding their offense down tothree 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 themto a 3-2 game, knowing full well you could have beaten them is a great feeling. It wasgreat to play the way we did."
"When everybody started hitting a little bit more and making contact, our confidencegot better. We came together as a team."
Go to NCAA Championships for the complete Women's College World Series schedule, including television coverage.