Ladies Come Close To Upset, But Fall To #1 Arizona, 2-1
Thursday, May 20, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. – After going scoreless in the first five innings, top-ranked Arizona came from behind with single runs in the last two innings to defeat the Centenary Ladies, 2-1, in the fourth game of the NCAA Tucson Regional Thursday afternoon at Hillenbrand Stadium.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Jackie Coburn electrified the home crowd with a mammoth home run over the center field wall to tie the game at one. Then in the seventh inning, Crystal Farley led off with a single and was sacrificed to second base. After an infield single by Autumn Champion, Wendy Allen singled to right field to score Farley and give the Wildcats the victory.

After going down in order in the first three innings, the Ladies started to hit Arizona starter Wendy Allen in the top of the fourth inning. Jordan Lansdale led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lauren Koehn. After Janis Kelley reached on an error, Megan Hall hit a flare to left field that fell to the ground and scored Lansdale.

Cheyenne Daries (25-15) kept the Ladies in the entire game, stranding nine Arizona runners on base while striking out three and walking nobody. When Centenary jumped ahead, Alicia Hollowell (40-2) was brought into the game to pitch, throwing 3 2/3 hitless innings with one walk and five strikeouts.

With Centenary employing a unique defense of five infielders and nobody in right field, Caitlin Lowe was unable to do her normal damage, going 0-for-3 in the leadoff spot. The defense was also used against Champion, but she went 3-for-4 in the game.

Centenary (36-27) will now have to fight through the regional from the loser’s bracket, starting with an elimination game against South Carolina on Friday at 9 a.m. local time.