OKLAHOMA CITY ?- For the 12th time in the last 17 years Arizona will be playing on the final day of the softball calendar, as the seven-time national champion Wildcats earned a date with fellow WCWS finalist Tennessee after taking two games from Washington on Sunday to advance.
The Wildcats have ridden the arm Taryne Mowatt (40-11) throughout the postseason, and the junior All-American has been nothing less than stellar. Mowatt has allowed just one earned run in 36 WCWS innings, which translates to a 0.19 ERA.
This afternoon’s hero, Sam Banister, came through again with an RBI hit in the third inning. Kristie Fox started things off with a one-out single to right and moved up to second on a Leles walk. One out later, Banister singled to right to plate Fox for UA’s third run of the contest.
UA responded with a run of its own in the top of the fifth to increase its lead back to a 4-1 margin.
- With tonight’s win, Taryne Mowatt became the 20th player in NCAA history to have tallied 40 victories or more in a single season.
The Wildcats and Lady Vols are familiar adversaries, as the two squads have faced one another four times in WCWS play over the last three years.