NCAA Hopes End in Heartbreaker

BYU finishes the season 44-20 (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

CHAPEL HILL -- The BYU Women's softball team closes the 2008 season 44-20, after falling to No. 23 Georgia 4-0 in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional Championship.

The Cougars' were unable to gain momentum offensively during the game. The BYU bats notched only three hits and were struck out four times, as they continued to drive balls to the Georgia defense, which was without error during the game.

"We are disappointed we couldn't get the job done but I'm proud of our team," BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. "Our seniors did a good job of guiding our young team and we have a bright future. You have got to give a lot of credit to Georgia. They stuck it to us twice, and they are a great team. "

Senior hurler Christina Gwyn-Trice received the loss. She threw four-plus innings and gave up all four runs, two earned, in her final showing as a Cougar. She completes the season 19-9, holding every BYU strike out record.

After recording two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning a solo homer brought in the first runner to make the score 0-1 after one inning.

Gwyn-Trice remained in control against Georgia's batters until the fifth inning, when she gave up a pair of singles and a walk to allow one run.

BYU Sophomore Christie Zinanti came in to relieve Gwyn-Trice with no outs. A hit batsman would load the bases for Georgia. Zinanti made the play on a ground ball to catch the lead runner with the force out at home. Snow-Willing took a dive as the Georgia baserunner slid into home, mid-throw to botch the double play and allow two runners to score. Georgia led 4-0 after five full innings.

Zinanti threw a perfect sixth inning, and BYU was unable to drive in a run in the top of the seventh, leaving the game 4-0.

In the Cougars' fifth NCAA Tournament appearance, they have fallen in the Regional Championship game for the past two years.

Georgia will advance to the NCAA Super Regionals May 23-24.

Box Score

The Automated ScoreBook

Brigham Young Univ. vs #23 Georgia

May 17, 2008 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)

Brigham Young Univ. 0 (44-20)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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DELAHOUSSAYE,Kristin 2b.. 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

GONZALES, Monica cf...... 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0

VANCE, Amanda dp......... 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0

SNOW, Daniela 1b......... 3 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 0

QUIOCHO, Angeline 3b..... 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 1

PURCELL, Jessica ss...... 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0

DAVIS, Caschjen lf....... 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1

WILLING, Emi c........... 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0

HOPKINS, Stephanie rf.... 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

TRICE, Christina p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZINANTI, Christie p..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Totals................... 21 0 3 0 2 5 18 7 2

Georgia 4 (46-22)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Moody 2b................. 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0

Schlopy cf............... 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1

Wiggins lf............... 3 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0

Goler 3b................. 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0

Wood c................... 2 0 0 0 1 0 5 3 0

Auger pr................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Hesson 1b................ 1 0 1 0 2 0 5 0 0

Stansell dp.............. 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3

Schnake ss............... 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2

Sanders rf............... 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1

Hamilton p............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 24 4 6 1 4 4 21 5 7

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 000 000 0 - 0 3 2

Georgia............. 100 030 X - 4 6 0

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E - GONZALES(3); WILLING(9). LOB - BYU 2; Georgia 7. HR - Wiggins(6). HBP -

Goler. CS - GONZALES(4); VANCE(2); SNOW(1).

Brigham Young Univ. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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TRICE, Christina.... 4.0 6 4 2 3 3 18 21

ZINANTI, Christie... 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 6 8

Georgia IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Hamilton............ 7.0 3 0 0 2 5 21 23

Win - Hamilton (15-4). Loss - TRICE (19-9). Save - None.

HBP - by ZINANTI (Goler).

Umpires - HP: John Kurnat 1B: Art St. Germain 3B: Joe Massaro

Start: 12:58 pm Time: 1:46 Attendance: 244

Game: UGA2

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Play-by-Play

The Automated ScoreBook

Brigham Young Univ. vs #23 Georgia - Play-by-Play

May 17, 2008 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 000 000 0 - 0 3 2

Georgia............. 100 030 X - 4 6 0

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Brigham Young Univ. starters: 4/2b DELAHOUSSAYE; 24/cf GONZALES; 6/dp VANCE;

22/1b SNOW; 33/3b QUIOCHO; 10/ss PURCELL; 9/lf DAVIS; 18/c WILLING; 5/rf

HOPKINS; 11/p TRICE;

Georgia starters: 14/2b Moody; 6/cf Schlopy; 25/lf Wiggins; 35/3b Goler; 28/c

Wood; 8/1b Hesson; 3/dp Stansell; 22/ss Schnake; 4/rf Sanders; 63/p Hamilton;

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - DELAHOUSSAYE flied out to rf. GONZALES struck

out looking. VANCE walked. VANCE out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Georgia 1st - Moody grounded out to 3b, bunt. Schlopy struck out

swinging. Wiggins homered to left center, RBI. Goler singled to left center.

Wood walked; Goler advanced to second. Hesson walked; Wood advanced to second;

Goler advanced to third. Stansell struck out swinging. 1 run, 2 hits, 0

errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - SNOW singled to right center. QUIOCHO singled

to catcher, bunt; SNOW advanced to second. PURCELL struck out swinging. SNOW

out at third c to 3b, caught stealing. DAVIS flied out to cf. 0 runs, 2

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Georgia 2nd - Schnake out at first 3b to 2b, bunt, interference. Sanders

grounded out to ss. Moody singled up the middle. Schlopy flied out to lf. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - WILLING grounded out to 2b. HOPKINS fouled out

to 1b. DELAHOUSSAYE grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Georgia 3rd - Wiggins grounded out to 1b unassisted. Goler flied out to

lf. Wood flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - GONZALES singled to third base. VANCE flied

out to rf. GONZALES out at second c to ss, caught stealing. SNOW fouled out to

1b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Georgia 4th - Hesson singled to right field. Stansell flied out to cf.

Schnake struck out swinging. Sanders grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - QUIOCHO struck out swinging. PURCELL struck

out swinging. DAVIS flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Georgia 5th - Moody singled to center field. Schlopy walked; Moody

advanced to second. Wiggins singled to center field, advanced to second on a

throwing error by cf; Schlopy advanced to second, advanced to third on the

error; Moody advanced to third, scored on the error. ZINANTI to p for TRICE.

Goler hit by pitch. Wood reached on a fielder's choice to pitcher, advanced to

second on a throwing error by c, advanced to third on the error; Goler scored,

unearned; Wiggins scored, unearned; Schlopy out at home p to c. Auger pinch ran

for Wood. Hesson walked. Stansell grounded out to p; Hesson advanced to second.

Schnake reached on a fielder's choice to third base; Auger out at third 3b

unassisted. 3 runs, 2 hits, 2 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - Wood to c for Auger. WILLING flied out to lf.

HOPKINS popped up to 1b. DELAHOUSSAYE fouled out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Georgia 6th - Sanders grounded out to 3b. Moody struck out swinging.

Schlopy lined out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - GONZALES struck out looking. VANCE walked.

SNOW popped up to 2b. QUIOCHO flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

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