The Arizona Wildcats entered the final day of the NCAA super regionals knowing they'd need to beat the odds — and Christina Hamilton.
The Ragin' Cajuns ace stopped the Wildcats for the second time in as many days, eliminating the nation's No. 11 team 7-1 in Game 2 of the super regionals.
Lafayette will advance to its first Women's College World Series. They can thank their ace: Hamilton allowed one run on five hits over seven innings, striking out two. The Cajuns scored three runs in the first inning, and added single runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Shelby Babcock struggled in place of Estela Piñon, allowing seven runs on nine hits in six innings. Nancy Bowling finished the game.
Arizona entered today needing to win twice — had they prevailed in Game 2, the teams would have played a winner-take-all Game 3 this afternoon — while on the road, in a hostile environment and against a streaking pitcher. Roughly 85 percent of the teams that win Game 1, as Lafayette did Friday night, advance to the WCWS.
Read more in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.