OKLAHOMA CITY - Samantha Camuso cracked a three-run homer, and B.B. Bates hit a two-run shot as UCLA moved into the Women's College World Series finals for the first time in five years with a 5-2 win over Georgia on Sunday.
“It’s a great feeling. It feels like it’s been a little too long,” player of the year finalist Megan Langenfeld said. “We have a bunch of alumni that are here and they keep telling us, ‘Don’t worry. You guys have it.’ Whatever ‘it’ is, I don’t know, but I guess we have it.”
The fifth-seeded Bruins (48-11) will face longtime rival and fellow Pacific-10 Conference member Arizona (52-12) in the best-of-three finals starting tonight.
The Wildcats swept a pair of games against Tennessee on Sunday to set up the seventh meeting between college softball’s two most storied programs with the title on the line.
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Arizona has won four of the previous six, with one of UCLA’s wins earning the 1995 title it later had to relinquish because of NCAA infractions.
The Bruins played for the title 18 of the first 24 years of the WCWS before missing the past four.
Karissa Buchanan and Brittany Lastrapes had three hits and two RBI apiece in the Wildcats’ 8-0 win in the first game against Tennessee.
Stacie Chambers and K’Lee Arredondo each hit a two-run homer in the 5-2 victory that sealed Arizona’s spot in the finals.