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Thursday, May 31, 2012
No. 10: Lunceford's grand slam

By espnW

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. First up, No. 10.

2009: Jazlyn Lunceford hits pinch-hit grand slam

Alabama coach Patrick Murphy is never afraid to buck conventional wisdom, sometimes starting a player or picking a pinch hitter based on a good run of swings in batting practice. But he outdid even himself with the bases loaded and his team trailing 2-0 against Arizona State in the World Series elimination game. Instead of letting All-American outfielder Brittany Rogers take her scheduled at-bat, Murphy sent Jazlyn Lunceford to the plate as a pinch hitter. As good as Rogers was, the speedy senior was a master of slap-hitting and Murphy wanted more than one run. A freshman from the Tuscaloosa area who had just 16 starts and two home runs entering the game, Lunceford responded with a grand slam, pausing long enough between third and home to give her coach a chest bump. Those were all the runs the Crimson Tide needed en route to a 6-2 win. -- Graham Hays