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20070520 Softball Wins Tucson Regional ? Will Host Super Regional
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Release: 05/20/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">TUCSON</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </B>The top-seeded <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> softball team defeated Pacific 7-0 to win the Tucson Regional on Sunday at Hillenbrand Stadium.</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">With the win, the Wildcats (42-12-1) advance to the super regional round and will play Cal State Fullerton next weekend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>While the NCAA has announced that the two squads will play at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Hillenbrand Stadium</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> awaits word as to whether the best-of-three game series will be played on Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, once all regional games have been played on Sunday, the NCAA will announce which sites&rsquo; games will be televised.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats won their third regional game in as many days thanks to a Taryne Mowatt one-hitter in the circle and a balanced offensive attack that pounded out 10 hits in the game.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Caitlin Lowe and K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo led the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> offense, as Lowe went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a pair of stolen bases and Arredondo hit a two-run homer and scored three runs.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Mowatt (34-10) out-dueled Pacific&rsquo;s Alyce Jorgensen (8-6), as the Wildcat ace gave up one hit and three walks over seven innings of scoreless work.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt struck out seven Tiger hitters.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Meanwhile, Jorgensen pitched four innings and surrendered five runs on six hits and four walks.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> left fielder K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo broke up a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second with a towering fly-ball home run that just cleared the right field wall for her third homer of the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The two-run shot put <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> up 2-0 ? a lead it would hold until the Cats rallied for three runs in the fourth inning.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the top of the fourth, Jorgensen tried to help her own cause by breaking up Mowatt&rsquo;s no-hitter with a leadoff single to center, but the next three Tigers went down and left their only base runner to reach via hit stranded at first.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In UA&rsquo;s half of the fourth, Arredondo drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on an Adrienne Acton infield single.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following a Caitlin Lowe sacrifice bunt, Chelsie Mesa laced a two-run double down the right field line to double <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s lead to 4-0.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Kristie Fox then hit a double of her own to plate <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> for UA&rsquo;s third and final run of the inning.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The next inning, Laine Roth led off with her first home run of 2007 ? a solo shot to left field, before Arredondo got things going yet again.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She drew a one-out walk and moved to second on an <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Acton</st1:place></st1:City> groundout.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Caitlin Lowe ? who had already stolen two bases in the game ? singled Arredondo home to plate the freshman from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tempe</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place>, for the third time in the game.</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>Caitlin Lowe stole two bases, giving her 49 SB on the season and 156 in her career.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 49 steals ties her with Vivian Holm for second place on the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> list.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe 156 career steals are 11<SUP>th</SUP>-best in NCAA history and two steals shy of the Pac-10 record.</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> improved to 53-6 all-time in NCAA games at Hillenbrand Stadium.</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>Taryne Mowatt improved to 34-10 on the year, which ties her for sixth place on UA&rsquo;s all-time list for victories in a season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, with 63 career wins, Mowatt now holds the eighth most pitching victories in school history.</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>Taryne Mowatt pitched 19 scoreless innings and three complete-game shutouts this weekend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Corona</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, native allowed five hits over 60 opponent at-bats for an .083 opponent batting average.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats scored 24 runs in 17 innings and hit .363 as a team.</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"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will host Cal State Fullerton in the super regional round.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The best-of-three game series will be played either on Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> awaits word from the NCAA as to when its super regional will be held and what, if any, television coverage will be provided.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Check back to arizonaathletics.com for updates.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Fans can contact the McKale Ticket Office on Monday at 9 a.m. to preorder tickets for the super regional by calling (520) 621-CATS, ordering online at arizonaathletics.com or by ordering in person at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.</P>
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