Arizona ousts defending champ Washington, faces Hawai‘i
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kenzie Fowler bounced back from a rocky Women's College World Series debut and Karissa Buchanan scored twice and Arizona eliminated defending national champion Washington with a 4-3 win today.
Arizona (49-12) faces Hawai'i at 3:30 p.m. (Hawai'i time) today in a elimination game at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Wildcats scored three earned runs against two-time national player of the year Danielle Lawrie, who had won her previous five starts against the Huskies' Pac-10 rival with a 1.00 ERA.
Washington (50-9) hadn't allowed more than one earned run in a game all season and came in with the best fielding percentage of the eight World Series teams and the eighth-best mark in the nation.
The eighth-seeded Wildcats managed only six singles against Lawrie but took advantage of two misplayed grounders by Amanda Fleischman and a bobble by Morgan Stuart to score three times.