OKLAHOMA CITY — Katie Burkhart threw a four-hitter, Kaitlin Cochran finally showed off her hitting prowess with a three-run home run and Arizona State claimed its first softball title with an 11-0 win against Texas A&M on Tuesday.
Burkhart struck out 13 to win her 11th straight decision. Cochran, intentionally walked six straight times to start the Women's College World Series, hit her 14th home run to give the sixth-seeded Sun Devils (66-5) a 4-0 lead over fifth seed A&M (57-10) in the fifth in Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series.
Arizona State added seven runs in the seventh. The winning margin matched the second-most lopsided game in series history. Only Arizona's 12-0 defeat of Fresno State in 1989 was bigger.
Woolard happy at USF
USF athletic director Doug Woolard said he's not going anywhere, happy with the progress he has seen in four years with the Bulls and eager for more.
Woolard, 58, was contacted about the University of Washington's AD job. He said he would not pursue it. "I'm really pleased with the infrastructure we've been able to put into place here," Woolard said, "and I look forward to continuing to move our athletic department forward."
A priority for Woolard, who worked at Washington State from 1988-94, is upgrading the facilities. A track facility is being built, and fundraising continues to upgrade the softball and baseball stadiums, and Sun Dome.
FSU: The Seminoles were selected as one of eight hosts for this weekend's NCAA baseball Super Regions. They play Wichita State in a best-of-three series beginning Friday. … Catcher Buster Posey was named one of five finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award for the nation's top player. Posey hit .472 to lead the NCAA this season and is expected to go high in this week's major-league draft. The other finalists: Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham, Arizona State third baseman Brett Wallace, and pitchers Aaron Crow of Missouri and Brian Matusz of San Diego. … Receiver Greg Carr was named a second team All-American in Phil Steele's 2008 College Football Preview.
Florida: The Gators will open their football season earlier than usual, hosting Hawaii at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 30, about six hours earlier than they typically kick off in sweltering summer heat. The start time also could pose problems for the Warriors, who will have to adjust to what equates to a 6:30 a.m. kickoff for players and coaches making the 4,700-mile trip. The SEC also announced that Florida's second game, against Miami, will start at 8 p.m. Sept. 6.
Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.