The Arizona softball team’s season came to an end over the weekend as they dropped two games to Louisiana-Lafayette in the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats won the Tucson Regional, but as the No. 11 team in the nation they had to travel to Louisiana to face the No. 6 Ragin’ Cajuns.
The Arizona softball season came to an end Saturday when the Wildcats were bested by Louisiana Lafayette, 7-1 at Lamson Park in the Lafayette Super Regional.
The victory sent the Ragin' Cajuns (49-8-1) to the Women's College World Series.
Arizona (44-16) was unable to muster much offense off of Christina Hamilton (29-2), who went the distance for the victory. Hamilton allowed one run on four hits with no walks and two strikeouts in the outing.
Six of Lafayette's seven runs came with two out, a day after all five of ULL's runs came with two out in game one.
In her final collegiate start, Shelby Babcock (6-1) pitched six innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits with five walks and five strikeouts. Nancy Bowling entered in the seventh and pitched a perfect seventh.
The Wildcats' lone offense came on a solo homer by Katiyana Mauga in the second inning.
The bases were empty with two out before ULL staged a two-out rally in the top of the first. A double and two walks loaded the bases before Shelbi Redfearn and Kelsey Vincent knocked RBI singles to give the Ragin' Cajuns a 3-0 lead after a half of an inning.
Arizona got a run back in the second when Mauga launched her 20th homer of the season to make the score 3-1.
Lexie Elkins extended the lead back to three runs with a home run to lead off the third.
The Ragin' Cajuns added another two-out run with a Haley Hayden double in the fourth.
After two strikeouts opened the fifth, a single and a walk put two on for Sara Corbello, who singled in a run to push the ULL lead to 6-1.
Lexie Elkins hit her second homer of the game in the sixth to extend the ULL lead to 7-1.
Two-out hitting and clutch pitching by Louisiana- Lafayette’s Christina Hamilton led the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 5-3 game 1 victory over Arizona in the Lafayette Super Regional on Friday night at Lamson Park.
In the complete-game victory, Hamilton (28-2) struck out four and walked four, while allowing seven hits and three runs (two earned).
For Arizona (44-15), Estela Piñon (19-9) took the loss, going three innings and allowing five runs on five hits with a strikeout and four walks. Shelby Babcock pitched the final three innings and allowed no runs on one hit with two strikeouts and five walks.
Arizona took the lead one batter into the game when Hallie Wilson sent her fourth homer of the postseason and second to lead off a game over the right field wall.
After the bottom of the first appeared to be over, a dropped foul tip resulted in an elongated at-bat for Samantha Walsh, who homered on the next pitch, a two-run shot to give the Ragin’ Cajuns a 2-1 lead after one.
The Cajuns added two more two-out runs in the bottom of the second on RBI hits from Natalie Fernandez and Haley Hayden to give ULL a 4-1 lead.
A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for the Ragin’ Cajuns in the third with one out. Sara Corbello hit a sacrifice fly to extend the Lafayette lead to 5-1.
Three Babcock walks loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but she escaped the jam unscathed after a pop out and a ground out.
The Wildcats were unable to get anything going in the middle innings as they left 10 runners on base for the contest.
Trailing 5-1 in the seventh, Kelsey Rodriguez led off the inning by reaching on a throwing error by the catcher on a bunt. Kellie Fox followed by belting her 15th homer of the year on a 1-0 pitch to pull the Wildcats to within 5-3 with no outs. After a pair of strikeouts, Mo Mercado reached on a single to center to bring the tying run to the plate but a hard ground out by Lauren Young ended the Arizona rally.