Samantha Findlay powered Michigan to its first NCAA softball title, hitting a three-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Wolverines a 4-1 win over UCLA last night in Oklahoma City.
The rally started when Tiffany Haas reached on a one-out error by shortstop Jodie Legaspi and moved to second on an infield single by Alessandra Giampaolo before Anjelica Selden struck out Jessica Merchant for the second out.
Findlay, who also hit a tying RBI single in the sixth, hammered a pitch from Selden (29-13) over the left-field fence. The freshman raised her right fist after rounding first and leaped onto home plate among a mob of happy teammates.
Jennie Ritter (38-4) walked five and struck out four in a five-hitter for Michigan, which became the first team from east of the Mississippi River to win the national championship. Oklahoma (2000) had previously been the eastern-most team to win it all.
Michigan (65-7), which scheduled its first 33 games on the road because of cold weather in Ann
Track and field
Texas sophomore Marshevet Hooker had a long but highly successful day in the rain in Sacramento.
She anchored the fastest 400-meter relay team in the qualifying round, won her first heat in the 100, qualified for the final in the long jump, then after a 10-minute break, ran the fastest 100 semifinal at 11.33.
A pair of touted freshmen lived up to their billing in the 100. Cleo Tyson of Tennessee won her semifinal heat in 11.42, and Florida State's Walter Dix had the fastest time in the semifinals at 10.30.