June 6, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Taryne Mowatt finished what she started and Arizona won its eighth NCAA softball title, breaking loose against Tennessee ace Monica Abbott for a 5-0 victory Wednesday night in the Women's College World Series.
The top-seeded Wildcats (50-14-1) lost the opener in the best-of-three championship series, then bounced back to win the final two games.
Mowatt (42-12) pitched all 60 innings in the tournament for Arizona and became the first pitcher to win seven games in the event.
It was scoreless in the fifth inning when Arizona scored all five runs. Jenae Leles hit a two-run single and Chelsie Mesa added a three-run homer for the Wildcats (50-14-1).
Arizona, which needed help from an error to break Abbott's 43-inning scoreless streak in Game 2, got several key hits against her this time.
Caitlin Lowe, Arizona's speedy leadoff hitter, started the fifth inning by reaching on a slapped grounder back to Abbott (50-5). K'Lee Arredondo followed with a single, and an error by right fielder Nicole Kajitani put runners at second and third.
Abbott then intentionally walked Kristie Fox, who tied the tournament record with 11 hits, to load the bases for Mesa.
Mesa's grounder made it through to center field to score the first two runs, and Mesa hit a 3-2 pitch over Kajitani's outstretched arms and the wall.
Mowatt broke the school record for wins in a season set by Alicia Hollowell in 2004.
The University of Tennessee Women's Athletics Department would like to invite all fans to help welcome back the Lady Vol Softball team from their first championship series appearance at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
A celebration of the remarkable 2007 season will be held for the Lady Vol Softball team Thursday, June 7th at 5:30 pm at Tennessee Field in Tyson Park, gates will open at 4:30 p.m.
Admission is free to all fans. In addition to the current seats at Tyson Park, a limited number of seats will be made available on the field. All seating is general admission.
Tennessee Lady Vol Softball merchandise will be on sale. Fans will also be able to sign-up for season ticket information for the 2008 season which will take place in the soon to be completed Sherri Lee Softball Stadium.
For more information please call the Tennessee Athletic Marketing Office at 865-974-1734.
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