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Arizona Softball Beats Defending Champion Washington, Play Hawai'i Tonight In Elimination Game

Arizona softball is still alive after a surprising 4-3 victory over defending champion Washington this afternoon in Oklahoma City.

The Wildcats (49-12) were to play another elimination game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday against Hawaii (50-15) on ESPN. Arizona scored three earned runs against two-time national player of the year Danielle Lawrie, who had won her previous five starts against the Huskies’ Pac-10 rival with a 1.00 ERA.

Washington (50-9) hadn’t allowed more than one earned run in a game all season and came in with the best fielding percentage of the eight World Series teams and the eighth-best mark in the nation.