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20070602 Softball Loses 1-0 Heartbreaker
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Release: 06/02/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">OKLAHOMA CITY</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> ? </B>With the game tied 0-0 at 1:20 a.m. local time, <st1:State w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:State> scored the game&rsquo;s only run in a 1-0 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> defeat at the Women&rsquo;s College World Series early Saturday morning.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The loss moved the Wildcats to the elimination side of the WCWS bracket, as UA is slated to face either <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> or DePaul in a 6 p.m. (CDT) matchup on Saturday on ESPN.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The loss brought Arizoina&rsquo;s record to 45-13-1 in 2007, while <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State> improved to 61-6.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> pitcher Taryne Mowatt (37-11) pitched a gem of a game ? allowing no earned runs on two hits in six innings of work.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She struck out 10 Lady Vol hitters.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State> pitcher Monica Abbott (48-3) allowed six hits in the shutout and loaded the bases twice, but 16 strikeouts kept the Wildcat offense at bay.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> got off to a quick start as Caitlin Lowe led off the game with a single back to the circle.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, during Chelsie Mesa&rsquo;s at-bat, Lowe was called out for leaving early on a stolen base attempt.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Mesa</st1:City></st1:place> struck out, Kristie Fox drew a walk, but Abbott&rsquo;s second strikeout of the inning ended the top of the first.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">After going down in order in the second, the Wildcats got another leadoff runner aboard in the third.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Having snapped a six-game hitting streak the night before, K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo singled through the left side to get things going.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following an Adrienne Acton strikeout, Caitlin Lowe singled to put runners on the corners.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Abbott struck out <st1:City w:st="on">Mesa</st1:City>, before <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State> elected to walk Kristie Fox to load the bases.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The strategy paid off, as Abbott retired Jenae Leles to end the threat with three Wildcats left on base.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UT designated player India Chiles led off the fourth with a single to center, breaking up Mowatt&rsquo;s shot at a no-hitter.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lady Vol first baseman Tiffany Huff attempted to move <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Chiles</st1:place></st1:country-region> to second with a bunt, but she popped the bunt back to the circle, where Mowatt snagged the ball on its way down.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt then hurled the ball to first to double off <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Chiles</st1:country-region></st1:place> who had strayed too far off the base.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With the score still locked at 0-0 in the top of the sixth, Fox reached base for the third time in as many plate appearances.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With one out, the senior shortstop singled to center field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Next, Leles and Fox executed a successful hit and run to put runners on the corners with just one out.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Abbott then issued her second intentional pass of the night, walking Callista Balko to load the bases.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She then induced Laine Roth into popping to second and struck out Sam Banister to give UA a grand total of seven runners left on base.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the bottom of the sixth, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:State></st1:place> broke the scoreless tie with an unearned run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After issuing a leadoff walk to Liane Horiuchi, Mowatt struck out Kenora Posey to bring up the top of the order.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She then walked Lindsay Schutzler to put runners on first and second.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Next, <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Chiles</st1:place></st1:country-region> singled up the middle ? bringing Horiuchi around third.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>At that point, Lowe fielded the ball cleanly and hurled a perfect strike to Callista Balko who had blocked off the plate to ward of Horiuchi.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With two outs, Huff grounded the ball to second, where <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> mishandled the ball, allowing Schutzler to score the game&rsquo;s only run.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the top of the seventh, <st1:City w:st="on">Acton</st1:City> reached on a one-out, infield single, but Abbott retired Lowe and <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> to end the game</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Game Notes: </B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>The game began at 11:23 p.m. (CDT) after weather delayed the start of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s win over Northwestern.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>The crowd of 7,744 marked the second-largest single-session attendance figure in Women&rsquo;s College World Series history.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Taryne Mowatt&rsquo;s fifth-inning strikeout Erinn Webb was the Wildcat ace&rsquo;s 800<SUP>th</SUP> career punchout.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>The loss snapped a nine-game postseason winning streak for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Up Next: </B>The loss sent <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> to the elimination side of the bracket, where the Wildcats will face either DePaul or <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Saturday at 6 p.m. (CDT).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The game will be televised live on ESPN.</P>
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