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Arizona softball completes sweep of Mississippi State to reach WCWS


Arizona softball finished off its sweep of Mississippi State, downing the Bulldogs 7-1 Saturday to clinch the Super Regional win.

The Wildcats scored all seven of their runs in the fourth inning, cruising past Mississippi State after Friday’s extra-innings battle between the two schools.

Arizona’s unlikely 5-0 postseason run re-writes a slow start to the year in which the Wildcats posted an 0-8 record to kick off their Pac-12 campaign and finished 8-8, tied for last place in the conference.

Hanah Bowen and Devyn Netz have been stellar from the mound for the Wildcats, throwing two shutouts and five complete games during their postseason run.

“Always knowing the light at the end of the tunnel because we knew how good we were. We knew how good we were at practice and not a lot of people saw it,” said coach Caitlin Lowe. “We had to choose each other and believe that we were gonna get it done. … But we figured out a way and I think that’s what makes me the most proud is that they didn’t give up on each other.”

Saturday’s victory advances the Wildcats to their 25th Women’s College World Series, where they will face off against No. 7-seeded Oklahoma State in their first game.

Reigning champions Oklahoma also clinched a spot in the WCWS Saturday, taking out UCF 7-1. Texas also continued their postseason bid, downing Arkansas 3-0 to book their tickets to Oklahoma City. Oregon State clinched their WCWS berth, too, bouncing Stanford 2-0.

Super Regionals wrap up Sunday, with spots in the WCWS still up for grabs.