Top-seeded Arizona blanks DePaul to stay in WCWS
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Caitlin Lowe had a two-run double and Taryne Mowatt hurled a two-hit shutout as defending national champion Arizona beat DePaul 3-0 on Saturday in an elimination game in the Women's College World Series.
Lowe's fifth-inning double off Tracie Adix scored K'Lee Arredondo and Adrienne Acton and sent Arizona (46-13-1) into a matchup with Washington on Sunday. Top-seeded Arizona would need to beat Washington twice to advance to the tournament's championship round.
In elimination games earlier Saturday, DePaul beat Arizona State 3-1 and Baylor beat Big 12 Conference rival Texas A&M 7-4.
Meanwhile, Northwestern eliminated Baylor 7-0 in the late game Saturday to setup a meeting with Tennessee on Sunday.
Against DePaul, Mowatt (38-11) allowed singles to Sandy Vojik in the sixth and Kate Sheaks in the seventh. Mowatt fanned five batters and walked two.
Adix (22-4) allowed seven hits in five innings for DePaul (47-13). Arizona scored an insurance run against reliever Stephanie Blagaich on Chelsie Mesa's RBI single.
In the Baylor-Texas A&M game, Courtney Oberg hit a three-run home run and Ashley Monceaux had three hits as the Bears (51-15) beat the Aggies (46-14) for the third time this season.
Oberg's eighth home run of the season off Amanda Scarborough (26-10) highlighted a four-run third inning that broke open the game for the Bears.
Texas A&M's Megan Gibson hit a solo home run off Lisa Ferguson (26-8) in the first inning, but Chelsi Lake put the Bears ahead to stay with a two-run double in the bottom of the inning.
Monceaux started Baylor's third-inning rally with a leadoff double before she scored on an error by Scarborough. Oberg's drive to left field made it 6-1.
Scarborough gave up six runs, including five earned, on six hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Jamie Hinshaw had a two-run single in the fifth and Macie Morrow added a sacrifice fly in the sixth as the Aggies got within 6-4.
In the first game Saturday, Vojik homered and drove in three runs and Adix threw a five-hitter for DePaul.
Vojik hit a two-run home run off Sun Devils starter Katie Burkhart (35-13) in the fifth inning and added an RBI single in the seventh to give the 14th-seeded Blue Demons a 3-0 lead.
Rhiannon Baca drove in the only run for Arizona State (54-17) with a single in the bottom of the seventh off Adix. Michelle Smith had two hits and scored for the Sun Devils.
Burkhart gave up six hits and walked one. She had nine strikeouts.
NCAA batting leader Kaitlin Cochran, who was walked in all three plate appearances in Arizona State's 2-0 loss to Northwestern in the opening round, was moved to the leadoff spot and went 1-for-3 with a single.
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