May 10, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; General view of Levine-Fricke Field during the seventh inning between the California Golden Bears and the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Golden Bears defeated the Sun Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
The Wildcats struggled all series with runners in scoring position.
The Arizona Wildcats softball team failed to reach the NCAA Women's World Series Super Regionals following their two-game sweep by the Oklahoma Sooners on Friday and Saturday afternoon. The 'Cats won their regional in Tucson to advance to the final 16, but their pitching staff was unable to contain the Sooners' hot bats as they went on to lose both games in blowout fashion.
Arizona fell by a score of 6-0 in game one, and it was Shelby Babcock who struggled in the circle as she surrendered runs early and often to OU. With their season coming down to one game it was Tucson prospect Kenzie Fowler who made the start, but she, like Babcock, struggled to keep runners off base in the early innings and the Sooners took advantage. UA lost by a score of 7-1, ending their season.
This is the second consecutive season that the Wildcats have failed to reach the Women's College World Series.
There is a silver lining to this season for Arizona: this is still a very young team. Many of the starters were underclassmen and are expected to return next season, giving head coach Mike Candrea plenty to work with for years to come.
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