May 26, 1997 in Sports

Pac-10 Foes Will Contest Softball Title

Associated Press

It will be an all Pac-10 championship game in the College Softball World Series after UCLA beat Washington 1-0 Sunday evening.

The Bruins (49-13) will face defending national champion Arizona (60-5) in Monday’s final.

It is the fifth time in the last seven years these two softball powers have met for the title. It is also the ninth time in 11 years the Bruins have advanced to the final game, and the seventh consecutive year Arizona has advanced to the championship game.

Washington lost to Arizona 6-4 in last year’s championship final.

The Huskies (50-19) finished third in the World Series.

Washington mounted a last-inning rally but UCLA first baseman Leah Poulson ended the game when she fired the ball to third baseman Julie Marshall, who tagged out pinch-runner Jamie Redd.

Redd was running for Heather Tarr, who had singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Leah Francis followed with a single before pinch-hitter Rochell Rahal hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing Francis at second.

Christa Williams collected her fourth win in five World Series games. Loser Eve Gaw didn’t allow any hits until the sixth.

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