Sports shorts: Pima softball team ends 3rd in nation

2013-05-19T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Pima softball team ends 3rd in nationStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

After matching No. 2 Salt Lake run for run in extra innings, the Pima College softball team saw its NJCCA Division I national title hopes end in a bizarre way Saturday.

The No. 5 Aztecs allowed an inside-the-park grand slam in the top of the 12th inning and lost 8-5 to settle for third place at the tournament in St. George, Utah. No. 8 Wallace (Ala.) State later beat Salt Lake 7-3 to win the title.

Pima (50-19) scored in the 11th to tie it at 4, but Salt Lake opened the 12th with two singles and a one-out walk to load the bases. Malia Campos lined a pitch past a diving Pima left fielder Shawna Comeaux, and the ball rolled to the fence, letting Campos race home. The Aztecs scored once in the 12th but couldn't bail out Pima pitcher Yvette Alvarez, who went the distance with 170 pitches. Gemma Contreras (Salpointe) went 4 for 5 with two doubles for Pima in the game, which was tied 1-1 after seven innings.

• Brianna Rodriguez (Cienega) placed third in the long jump in 18 feet 7 3/4 inches as the Pima women's track and field team finished 16th at the NJCAA National Championships in Hutchinson, Kan. The men's team took 22nd.

• The UA men's golf team finished 12th at the NCAA Tempe Regional, 49 strokes behind winner UCLA. The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Championships in Atlanta with Georgia, Central Florida, Texas A&M and ASU. Erik Oja paced UA with a 2-over-par 208, tying for 17th place.

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• In tennis, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will renew their rivalry in the Italian Open final today in Rome - a week before the French Open starts - after Federer held off Benoit Paire 7-6 (5), 6-4 and Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4. ... No. 1 Serena Williams will face Victoria Azarenka in the women's final. Williams beat Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0, while Azarenka beat Sara Errani 6-0, 7-5.

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