The University of Utah softball team, seeded third at the NCAA Regional, came within a stroke of eliminating top-seeded Texas A&M.
The Utes, who upset No. 16 Minnesota in the tourney opener, fell behind Texas A&M, 1-0, in the nightcap, but had the Aggies (losers to Minnesota in game two) on the ropes. Utah, which stranded eight runners (including five in scoring position) in the last four innings against the No. 9 ranked Aggies, jammed the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't produce a run-scoring hit or a sacrifice fly.The day opened on a bright note for the Utes (26-14), who gave star pitcher Janet Womack one run - all she needed for a 1-0 victory. Womack, who pitched back-to-back two-hitters, allowed just three Minnesota runners to reach second base. Utah scored its run in the top of the sixth, when Amy Timmel led off with a walk, moved to second on Amy Cowley's sacrifice fly and scored on Charmelle Green's line drive single to centerfield.
Texas A&M won a coin toss to determine which team would get a bye to today's 5 p.m. championship game. Utah and Minnesota play at 3 p.m.