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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.

 

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

 

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 UCLA’s 1995 title was vacated by the NCAA Committee due to infractions.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

Making adjustments: Before committing an error that allowed the game’s only run in UA’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.

 

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

 

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

Fox’s WCWS stats entering Game 1

Record

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

Leah O’Brien, Arizona ?'94 .750

Hits: 8

Natasha Watley, UCLA ’03 11

Total bases: 12

Tairia Mims, UCLA ’03 16

 

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-American’s postseason stats.

 

G

AVG

H

AB

OBP

SLG

R

RBI

XBH

HR

SB-A

10

.480

12

25

.583

.840

7

8

5

2

2-2

 

Taryne Mowatt:  The ace’s pitching stats over several timeframes:

 

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

 

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

 

Taryne Mowatt enters the Championship Series with 494 strikeouts this year. Arizona’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.  Tennessee’s Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher and ASU’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.

 

Generally speaking, it’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 “pitch” that she is up to the benchmark standards that Alicia Hollowell set in OKC last year.

 

Here are their numbers WCWS numbers from their respective seasons.

 

Through three WCWS games:

 

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

 

 

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 UA’s 2001 title run.

 

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

 

Overall Stats

 

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