Maryland drops two to Arizona, is eliminated

Terps manage just 3 hits, fall short of region title

May 24, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

TUCSON, ARIZ. — TUCSON, Ariz.--Just one day after upsetting top-seeded Arizona in the NCAA Division I softball tournament, Maryland was swept by the Wildcats and eliminated from the competition yesterday in Tucson, Ariz.

Arizona routed Maryland, 10-0 and 8-0, in the Region 2 finals and advanced to its 12th consecutive College World Series. The Terps (51-23) managed just three hits in the two games, including two by Sarah Putnam.

The first game went just five innings, after Wildcats pitcher Jennie Finch struck out nine. Arizona had nine hits and was led by Lauren Bauer's three RBIs.

The Terps managed just one hit against Becky Lemke in the second game, and Arizona broke it open on Bauer's grand slam in a five-run second inning.

First game

Maryland 000 00 -- 0 2 2

Arizona 144 1x -- 10 9 0

Shipman, Becker (2) and Radford; Finch and Collins. 2B: M--Potzman; A--Bauer, Collins.

Second game

Arizona 151 01 -- 8 6 1

Maryland 000 00 -- 0 1 0

Lemke and Collins; Shipman and Radford. 2B: A--Finch. HR: A--Bauer, Willis.

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