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20070604 Arizona Two Wins from Eighth NCAA Title
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/04/2007
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Tonight Arizona makes its 12th title game/series appearance since 1991 and aims to capture its eighth NCAA Championship. The Wildcats will take on Tennessee at 7 p.m. (CDT) on ESPN2 in Game 1 of a best-of-three series for the national title.

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Back-to-back: With a series win, Arizona will be crowned back-to-back champions for the third time in program history.

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Here is a list of back-to-back title winners:

1984-85 UCLA

1988-90 UCLA

1993-94 Arizona*

1996-97 Arizona*

2003-04 UCLA

*Arizona was the only team to win a national title between 1993 and 1997, as UCLAˇ?s 1995 title was vacated by the NCAA Committee due to infractions.

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If we score, we win: Arizona is 55-3 all-time in WCWS play when scoring one run or more.

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Back for more: In all seven years following a national title, Arizona has played a national title game.?

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Fool me once... Only one team has beaten Arizona twice in a single WCWS ?C California in 2003.

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Any volunteers? Arizona is 15-2 in its last 17 NCAA tournament games -- and Tennessee is the culprit. Those losses kept UA from a new school-record for consecutive tourney victories, which would have eclipsed the mark of 14 straight in 1993-95.

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Making adjustments: Before committing an error that allowed the gameˇ?s only run in UAˇ?s prior contest with Tennessee, Chelsie Mesa was 0-for-7 at the 2007 WCWS.? Since then, she has been on fire... to the tune of a .455 (5-for-11) clip.

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More adjustments: Kristie Fox entered this yearˇ?s WCWS hitting .160 (4-for-25) in WCWS contests... and is hitting .615 (8-for-13) through UAˇ?s three WCWS games this year.

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WCWS records: Fox has a shot at several WCWS records.? For a complete listing of records, see page 35 of WCWS Record Book

Foxˇ?s WCWS stats entering Game 1

Record

Batting average: .615 (8-for-13)

Leah Oˇ?Brien, Arizona ˇ®94 .750

Hits: 8

Natasha Watley, UCLA ˇ?03 11

Total bases: 12

Tairia Mims, UCLA ˇ?03 16

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Snubbed? Since learning that she was not named to the All-Pacific Region Team that was announced prior to regional play, Kristie Fox is on a tear.? Here are the two-time, first-team All-Americanˇ?s postseason stats.

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G

AVG

H

AB

OBP

SLG

R

RBI

XBH

HR

SB-A

10

.480

12

25

.583

.840

7

8

5

2

2-2

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Taryne Mowatt:? The aceˇ?s pitching stats over several timeframes:

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W-L

ERA

IP

R

ER

K

H

AVG

2007

40-11

1.50

346

87

74

494

185

.155

WCWS

4-1

0.19

36.0

3

1

48

14

.120

Postseason

9-1

0.61

69.0

10

6

85

31

.135

Pac-10

14-4

1.60

131.1

31

30

174

71

.156

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With one WCWS win, Taryne Mowatt could tie Alicia Hollowellˇ?s school record of 41 victories in a season.? Mowatt currently stands 20th in NCAA history for single season wins with 40.

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Taryne Mowatt enters the Championship Series with 494 strikeouts this year. Arizonaˇ?s school record is 508 Ks for Alicia Hollowell in 2004.? Should Mowatt reach the 500-K mark, it will mark the 13th time in NCAA history a pitcher has done so in a single season.? Tennesseeˇ?s Monica Abbott, Virginia Techˇ?s Angela Tincher and ASUˇ?s Katie Burkhart are the only other pitchers to reach that plateau this year.? See page 20 of the NCAA Record Book for a complete listing.

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Generally speaking, itˇ?s not fair to compare anyone to an Olympic-hopeful, four-time All-American who carried her team to a WCWS title, but Taryne Mowatt is making quite ˇ?pitchˇ± that she is up to the benchmark standards that Alicia Hollowell set in OKC last year.

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Here are their numbers WCWS numbers from their respective seasons.

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Through three WCWS games:

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W-L

ERA

IP

R

ER

K

H

AVG

Mowatt

4-1

0.19

36.0

3

1

48

14

.120

Hollowell

5-1

0.33

43.0

3

2

64

24

.157

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Seniors leading the way: ?In 49 of the last 50 games, Arizona has started seniors in the first, second and third spots in the batting order.? Caitlin Lowe, Chelsie Mesa and Kristie Fox are the first trio of seniors to be penciled in to the top of the order since Lauren Bauer, Nicole Giordano and Toni Mascarenas started up the majority of games during UAˇ?s 2001 title run.

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Below are the seniorsˇ? combined numbers in relation to the other six spots in the batting order throughout the year and in the WCWS:?

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Overall Stats

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Avg.

HR

Runs

RBI

SB

Seniors

.372

24

148

131

71

Non-seniors

.247

33

172

167

30

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WCWS Stats

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Avg.

HR

Runs

RBI

SB

Seniors

.380

1

7

7

1

Non-seniors

.222

0

8

8

2

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No stealing allowed: Callista Balko has thrown out 4 potential base stealers in 7 attempts this WCWS.? She has thrown out 6 of 10 in her WCWS career.? Arizona has stolen 13 bases in as many attempts over that timeframe.

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OK, she can steal: Caitlin Lowe has 156 steals in her career.? She needs two more to tie Natasha Watleyˇ?s Pac-10 record of 158 career stolen bases.

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The Lowe-down on the record book: As a four-time, first-team NFCA All-American Caitlin Lowe has already cemented her name into the annals of Arizona softball.? Throughout the year Lowe has climbed up the school record book and has a legitimate shot to finish in the top 10 in five categories in NCAA history.?

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Lowe in top 10 Arizona history

Category Ariz. Rank NCAA Rank

Batting Avg..445 2 11

Hits 347 5 12

Runs 241 6 11

Stolen Bases 156 1 11

Stolen Base Pct.?.945 1 6

Triples 11 4

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300-200-100 Club: Caitlin Lowe is one of 12 players in NCAA Division I softball history to have accumulated 300 hits, 200 runs and 100 stolen bases over her career.? Arizona has three former Wildcats plus Lowe on the list and is the only program represented by more than one athlete.

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Nicole Barber, Georgia 379 hits, 266 runs, 257 stolen bases
Lauren Bauer, Arizona 349 hits, 238 runs, 133 stolen bases
Amy Chellevold, Arizona 371 hits, 252 runs, 113 stolen bases

*Norrelle Dickson, Oklahoma 328 hits, 234 runs, 110 stolen bases

Amber Jackson, Maryland 349 hits, 264 runs, 113 stolen bases
Kelly Krestchman, Alabama 368 hits, 288 runs, 133 stolen bases
*Caitlin Lowe, Arizona 347 hits, 241 runs, 156 stolen bases

Alison McCutcheon, Arizona 405 hits, 289 runs, 148 stolen bases

*Lindsay Schutzler, Tennessee 359 hits, 241 runs, 120 stolen bases

Tiff Tootle, South Carolina 351 hits, 207 runs, 114 stolen bases

Natasha Watley, UCLA 395 hits, 252 runs, 158 stolen bases

Shamalene Wilson, Florida St. 310 hits, 223 runs, 161 stolen bases

* current players

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Always All-Americans: On Wednesday, Caitlin Lowe and Taryne Mowatt were cited as 2007 NFCA All-Americans.? Lowe became the second four-time, first-team NFCA All-American in Arizona softball history (Leah Braatz is the other).? Mowatt gave Arizona a pitcher on the All-America team for the 17th consecutive year.

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Bring your friends! Arizona appears to be a near lock to repeat as the NCAA champion ?C in home game attendance. ? In 29 dates, Arizona hosted 44,487 fans for an average of 1,534 per date.? Even more impressive is Arizonaˇ?s average of 2,093 fans in Pac-10 contests.

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UA on TV: Arizona is no stranger to the ESPN cameras ?C or any television coverage for that matter.? In addition to three Tucson stations making the trip to Oklahoma City, the Wildcats have played 38 televised games since 2005, including 11 this year, 12 in 2006 and 15 in 2005.

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Arizona head coach Mike Candrea ?C is in his 22nd season at the helm of the Arizona softball program.? He boasts a 1,129-227-2 (.832) record in 21 seasons in the dugout.? Candrea is one of five Division I softball head coaches to have won 1,100 games and was the fastest to do so.? He has earned 18 coach-of-the-year honors, including nine Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year citations and is a member of the NFCA Hall of Fame.? In 2004, Candrea took a year off to coach the USA Olympic softball team to a 9-0 record and a gold medal in Athens.? Candrea was also awarded the Olympic Shield award, the U.S. Olympic Committeeˇ?s most prestigious award, marking the first time in history the award was given to an Olympic coach.? During his tenure, Arizona has won 10 Pac-10 titles and seven national championships.

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1,100 wins for Candrea: On March 16 in Fullertonˇ?s Judi Garman Classic, Arizona head coach Mike Candrea won his 1,100th career game in an 11-0 rout of Pacific.? Incidentally, Candreaˇ?s son Mikel was on hand as Pacificˇ?s hitting coach.

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With the win, Candrea joined Margie Wright (Fresno State), JoAnne Graf (Florida State) and Gayle Blevins (Iowa) as one of only four coaches to accumulate 1,100 Division I softball coaching victories.? Since then, LSUˇ?s Yvette Giourard joined the illustrious group with her 1,100th win.? Additionally, as this is his 21st season in the dugout, Candrea is now the fastest of the five to reach the 1,100-win plateau.? The feat took Wright 24, Graf 22, Blevins 28 and Giourard 27 years, respectively, to get to 1,100 wins.

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Candrea by the Numbers

Overall record: 1129-227-2

Pac-10 games: 340-92-1

NCAA games: 120-31

WCWS games: 55-24

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