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20070601 Fox?s Walk-Off Homer Fuels Cats to WCWS Win
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Release: 06/01/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">OKLAHOMA CITY ? </B>Arizona senior shortstop Kristie Fox had already singled, doubled, scored a run and saved another with her glove when she stepped up to the plate to lead off the ninth inning of the Wildcats&rsquo; Women&rsquo;s College World Series opener against Baylor.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Then, she hit a walk-off home run to give <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> a 2-1, extra-inning win to open WCWS play in the NCAA Division I Softball Championships.</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 <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">San Diego</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, native saved her best for last with her 15<SUP>th</SUP> home run of the year and 11<SUP>th</SUP> game-winning hit of 2007.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The round-tripper came nearly a year to the day after Fox singled home Caitlin Lowe in the ninth inning of UA&rsquo;s 2006 WCWS-opening victory over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">As good as Fox was, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> pitcher Taryne Mowatt (37-10) baffled the Baylor hitters and allowed no earned runs on two hits in nine innings of work.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, the 2007 NFCA All-American tied a season-high with 15 strikeouts in her 43<SUP>rd</SUP> complete game of the year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With the win, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> improves to 45-12-1 on the year and will face fifth-seeded <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:State></st1:place> at 8 p.m. (CDT) on Friday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Lady Vols are coming off a 2-0 win over Texas A&amp;M, in which, Monica Abbott hurled her 23<SUP>rd</SUP> career no-hitter.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The loss drops Baylor to 50-15 and pits the Lady Bears against fellow Big 12 squad Texas A&amp;M for a Saturday date.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Baylor pitcher Lisa Ferguson (25-8) allowed two runs on six hits in eight-plus innings.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Baylor threatened to score in the top of the second by getting a pair of Lady Bear runners on with no outs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt struck out BU catcher <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Chelsi</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Lake</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> to leadoff the frame, but a passed ball allowed her to reach first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>An illegal pitch and a base on balls later, Baylor had runners at first and second with no outs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, Mowatt went on to strike out the next two hitters and get the third to ground into a fielder&rsquo;s choice.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats broke the game&rsquo;s scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth with one run on two hits.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Kristie Fox led off with a double ? her second hit of the contest.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Jenae Leles followed with a single up the middle to put runners on the corners for the Cats.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A Callista Balko groundout moved Leles to second, but kept Fox 60 feet from scoring.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The very next pitch Laine Roth hit a similar groundball to short, but this time Fox broke on contact to score without a throw.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The very next inning, Baylor tied the game on two walks, a bunt single and a pair of passed balls.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Kirsten Shortridge reached base with a bunt single and Brette Reagan followed by getting on with a fielder&rsquo;s choice.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A passed ball with <st1:place w:st="on">Lake</st1:place> at the plate allowed the two Lady Bear runners to move into scoring position.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>During the same at-bat, a second passed ball allowed Shortridge to score.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, video replays appeared to show that <st1:place w:st="on">Lake</st1:place> had fouled the ball off ? hindering Balko&rsquo;s ability to handle the ball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Despite UA head coach Mike Candrea&rsquo;s apparent justified complaints over the call, the run stood with the game tied 1-1.</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>A WCWS-record crowd of 6,812 watched the day&rsquo;s second session.</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><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> improved to 2-1-1 in extra-inning games this year.</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><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> is now 52-3 all-time in WCWS games in which it scores at least one run.</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><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> will take on fifth-seeded <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:State></st1:place> on Friday at 8 p.m. (CDT) in the winner&rsquo;s bracket.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The game will be televised live to a national audience on ESPN HD.</P>
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