May 23, 2009

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Unheralded pitcher Lindsey Sisk came up with a career performance to help lead Arizona to a 6-5 victory over host Stanford in NCAA Softball Super Regional action Friday night and send Arizona to a 21st Women's College World Series appearance.

Sisk (13-4) entered in relief of starter Sarah Akamine in the first inning and struck out 14 the rest of the way to hold back the Cardinal, who had beaten UA Thursday in Game 1 of the Super Regional.

Arizona had home runs from Sam Banister and Jenae Leles off Stanford ace and loser Missy Penna to help the cause.

It gave the Cats a doubleheader sweep at the most crucial of times after UA won Game 2 by a score of 7-3 to force the deciding contest in the best-of-three series.

The victory, in Game 3 of the Super Regional, sends Arizona back on the road to Oklahoma City next week for its 21st trip in 22 years, this one improbably accomplished as the lower seed in Palo Alto (9th) behind the host team's No. 8 seeding.

The Wildcats, eight-time national champions under head coach Mike Candrea, will face the winner of a Super Regional which begins tomorrow in Gainesville, Fla., between No. 1 Florida and California in first-round WCWS action.