No. 2: Findlay powers Michigan
WCWS Top Diamond Moments: Samantha Findlay, 2005
The Women's College World Series has provided many great moments over the years, but which snapshot is your favorite? Our experts selected 10 great moments since 1998, and you told us which one is the best.
During the WCWS, we'll reveal the Top 10 Diamond Moments as voted on by you, the fans. We're down to No. 2:
With one swing of the bat against UCLA, Michigan freshman Samantha Findlay changed the meaning of the phrase national champions. The 2005 World Series marked the first time the championship was decided by a best-of-three series instead of a winner-take-all game, but even the extra games proved insufficient. Findlay's three-run home run to left field in the top of the 10th inning in the third game gave the Wolverines as dramatic a win as one could imagine. It also gave college softball its first champion from east of the Mississippi River, making Findlay, an Illinois product who stayed in Big Ten country, the perfect heroine. -- Graham Hays