The Wildcats used a two-hit shutout by Taryne Mowatt (38-11), who has yet to allow an earned run in 22 WCWS innings, to end the Blue Demons’ season. Mowatt has pitched every inning of UA’s eight postseason games and has allowed only five earned runs in 55 postseason innings.
The junior All-American allowed no hits until the sixth inning and narrowly missed out on becoming the first pitcher in program history to toss a no-hitter in the WCWS. She ended up giving up two singles and four walks in her 16th complete-game shutout of the season.
UA improved to 46-13-1 with the win, while DePaul’s season came to a close with a 47-14 record. DePaul’s Tracie Adix (22-4) took the loss after throwing five innings of two-run, seven-hit work.
With the game knotted 0-0, the Wildcats finally broke through with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Sam Banister started things with a one-out walk, before pinch runner Jill Malina moved to second on the first of two K’Lee Arredondo singles on the day. Adrienne Acton followed with a bunt single to load the bases for Caitlin Lowe. With UA’s four-time, first-team NFCA All-American at the plate, Malina was picked off third base, leaving two on with two out. That’s when Lowe flied a double over the heads of the drawn in DePaul outfielders to plate both Arredondo and Acton.
UA tacked on an insurance run in the seventh with the same part of the order. Against reliever Stephanie Blagaich, Arredondo led off with a single to center and moved into scoring position on an
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- Callista Balko threw out two DePaul base stealers, giving opposing runners two successful stolen bases in five 2007 WCWS attempts. She has thrown out five of eight attempted base stealers in her WCWS career.
- With a third-inning hit, Kristie Fox has hit safely in 13 of the last 14 games. She has reached base nine times out of 11 WCWS plate appearances.
- The attendance figure will not be available until after the conclusion of the Baylor-Northwestern matchup, but is expected to challenge the WCWS-record crowd of 8.049 that saw