published Monday, June 7th, 2010

UT falls twice to Wildcats

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Tennessee softball team's unlikely post-season run came to a screeching halt Sunday in the Women's College World Series.

Eight-time national champion Arizona defeated UT in the decisive game Sunday night, 5-2, after run-ruling the Lady Vols by an 8-0 count in the teams' first game.

UT freshman pitcher Ivy Renfroe (31-7) took the loss in both games, surrendering 12 hits and all five runs in the finale.

The 15th-seeded Lady Vols finish the season 49-15, while the 10th-seeded and fourth-ranked Wildcats (52-12) advance to play UCLA (48-11) in the best-of-three championship series starting today.

Tennessee, which finishes third in the WCWS, needed to win one game Sunday to reach the title series after opening the WCWS with a 9-0 win over Arizona on Thursday and following up with a 7-5 victory over Georgia late Friday night.

In the first game, the Wildcats needed only only five innings to force a deciding game.

It was the first time the Lady Vols had been run-ruled since losing the season opener 11-1 to UCLA.

The Wildcats batted through their order in a three-run third and a five-run fifth.

Fowler, who was called for 20 illegal pitches through her first three games, including eight in the loss to UT Thursday, pitched four no-hit innings and didn't get any illegal pitches called on her in the opener.

Renfroe started the opener and was pulling in the third with UT down 2-0 and the bases loaded.

UT sophomore Cat Hosfield pitched the remainder of the game, seeing her only action in the WCWS.

* UCLA 5, Georgia 2

Samantha Camuso crushed a three-run home run and B.B. Bates had a two-run shot as UCLA continued slugging its way through the Women's College World Series with a win to eliminate Georgia on Sunday.

The Bruins (48-11) used the best power surge ever at college softball's premiere event to earn a spot in the best-of-three championship series tonight against Arizona.

Fifth-seeded UCLA hit a World Series-record eight home runs in three straight wins to end what seems like an extended drought in the championship round for college softball's original powerhouse. The Bruins had played for the title 18 of the first 24 years the World Series was in existence before missing out the past four years.

Georgia (50-13) held the old World Series record with seven home runs hit during last year's event.

A UCLA flag in center field was lowered to half-staff and the Bruins' players and coaches wore black armbands with the initials of late basketball coach John Wooden, who died earlier this week at age 99.

Like Wooden, the UCLA softball program has won 10 NCAA championships, although one was later vacated. Wooden was one of the first people to call coach Kelly Inouye-Perez after she was put in charge of the Bruins program, and he later opened his home to the team.

Now, another championship is just two wins away.

Camuso drilled her seventh home run in eight NCAA tournament games deep into the stands in right-center field after Georgia reliever Alison Owen had hit two of the first three batters in the third. By then, Bates had already chased starter Erin Arevalo (20-7) with her two-run drive into the right-field bleachers an inning earlier.

National player of the year finalist Megan Langenfeld (14-1) threw a two-hitter and retired the side in order in every inning except the fourth, when Alisa Goler delivered a two-run single for the Bulldogs' only offense.

The Knoxville News Sentinel contributed to this story.

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