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Friday, June 1, 2012
No. 3: Watley's slide a winner

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. We're down to No. 3:

2003: Natasha Watley's slide beats Osterman

Natasha Watley and Cat Osterman were teammates en route to the greatest achievement of their respective careers, a gold medal for Team USA in the 2004 Olympics. But a year earlier, Watley's sprint home for UCLA ruined arguably Osterman's best chance to win a title with Texas. Osterman's team entered the World Series in prime position to reach the following day's title game. All the Longhorns needed was one win against the Bruins, and their ace entered the day with a 32-4 record and 0.30 ERA. UCLA beat Osterman once to force a winner-take-all second game later the same day, and Texas took a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning of that decisive game. With a runner on second, Watley's single plated the tying run. When teammate Caitlin Benyi hit a ball to right field, the fleet-footed Watley raced home and eluded the tag for a walk-off win. -- Graham Hays