Cats split on the diamond

Two diamonds, two storm delays and two one-run games. The only difference is the result. The Arizona baseball and softball teams were both in action Thursday.

Although people will point to a sixth inning error, it was stranded runners that doomed Arizona in a 1-0 loss to Tennessee. The Wildcats stranded eight runners, while Monica Abbott continued her postseason success against the Wildcats.

The lone run came in the sixth inning. With two on and one out, an India Chiles looked like it would score the runner from second, but Caitlin Lowe threw a perfect strike to the plate where Calista Balko was waiting. Balko blocked the plate and made the tag.

That left the Lady Vols with runners on second and third with two outs. A sharp grounder ate-up Chelsea Mesa and allowed Tiffany Huff to score from third.

The Cats twice left the bases loaded and despite getting five hits off of Abbott, could get no one home.

Taryne Mowatt surrendered just two hits in the loss.

The Cats next face the winner of the ASU/DePaul game and will then have to beat Washington twice to advance to the championship series.

The game was delayed nearly two hours thanks to a storm that swept through Oklahoma City earlier in the evening.

The news was better for the baseball team. The Wildcats survived a Oral Roberts rally and a lengthy storm delay to win 4-3.

The Wildcats went up 3-0 after three. In the second T.J. Steele singled and stole second, which set up a run when Jon Gaston singled down the right field line.

A hit batter, a single and an error had runners at second and third for Bill Rhinehart in the third inning. RHinehart lifted a long fly to score Colt Sedbrooke from third on the sacrifice. C.J. Zielger advanced to third and scored one batter later on a Brad Glenn groundout.

ORU battled back with one run in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Then the storm came. Rain and tornado warnings delayed things by over an hour and a half. When things blew over neither starter could return and Arizona took advantage.

With two outs the Wildcat got three straight singles. The third by Rhinehart scored Sedbrook from third.

From there it was Jason Stoffel to the rescue. He was dominant, striking out five of the six batters he faced to get the win.

The Wildcats will next face New Orleans who upset host Wichita State in their opening game of the College World Series.

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