Savannah Warren finished the game 3-for-3 with a RBI and a double.
May 15, 2015
Final Stats |
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Despite a solid defensive performance by the Red Storm (28-18), a trio of home runs by No. 16/18 Arizona (39-17) led the 12th-seeded Wildcats to a 4-2 victory in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Tucson Regional on Friday night.
"I'm really proud of the way we competed today," said head coach Amy Kvilhaug. "I thought our kids battled from start to finish, all the way to the bitter end, and we played really good defense. You really can't ask for more than that, it was a great softball game."
The Red Storm finished the day error free with a pair of inning-ending double plays after junior Tori Free was able to limit the Arizona offense to only five hits on the day. Freshman Savannah Warren also had an impressive performance at the plate for St. John's, finishing the day 3-for-3 with a RBI and a double.
After battling through three scoreless innings, St. John's put itself on the board first as Brittany Garcia capitalized on an Arizona error to put a runner on first with one out. With the help of a Yvonne Rericha sacrifice bunt, Savannah Warren was able to drive in Garcia from second on a base hit into left, giving the Red Storm a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth.
Despite a big defensive stop by the Red Storm to strand runners on the corners in the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats were able to tie things up in the bottom of the fifth as Hallie Wilson lifted a one-out home run over the wall in left-center to make it a 1-1 game through five.
Unfortunately, the Wildcats were able to break the 1-1 tie with a pair of home runs in the bottom of the sixth, putting Arizona ahead, 4-1, heading into the seventh.
The never-give-up attitude of the Red Storm continued to shine through in the top of the seventh, however, as Yvonne Rericha led things off with an infield single, knocking a dribbler in front of the plate that she was able to beat out for a leadoff hit. Immediately after, Warren was able to rip the first pitch down the left-field line for a double to put a pair of runners in scoring position with nobody out.
Heading to the plate as the tying run, sophomore Lexi Robles was able to take advantage of an Arizona error as the Wildcats' second baseman was unable to handle a grounder in the hole, allowing Rericha to score from third to cut the lead down to 4-2. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were able to respond back with a play at the plate before picking up a final strikeout to strand the bases loaded and seal the 4-2 victory.
Michelle Floyd (19-12) earned the win after throwing a complete game, allowing only one earned run on seven hits while striking out four. Free (11-7) took the loss after throwing six innings of work, allowing only four earned runs on five hits while striking out four.
The Red Storm will next take on New Mexico State in an elimination game on Saturday, May 16, at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. MST). The winner of that game will then go on to play the loser of the Minnesota vs. Arizona game at 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. MST).
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