TUCSON -- Fresh off their, 5-0, Women's College World Series-clinching victory over Tennessee, the Arizona softball team returned to Tucson to a conqueror's welcome of just under 3,000 well-wishers in McKale Center Thursday afternoon.
The fans watched a replay of last night's championship game while awaiting the team's arrival via police escort.
MVP Taryne Mowatt
Chelsie Mesa, Caitlin Lowe, Kristie Fox
Among those in attendance were university president Dr. Robert Shelton, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup. The trio of esteemed guests provided remarks and were followed by speeches from Arizona head coach Mike Candrea and seniors Caitlin Lowe, Chelsie Mesa, Kristie Fox and junior Taryne Mowatt.
Assistants Dave Feinberg, Larry Ray, trainer Jamie Delfs, Alicia Hollowell and Nancy Evans
Gov. Janet Napolitano
Arizona claimed its eighth title in program history and finished a 50-14-1 season by taking two games out of three from Tennessee at the WCWS in Oklahoma City. The road to the title was not easy, as the Wildcats played five elimination games and eight total contests over the course of seven days.
UA rode Mowatt, who was named the WCWS Most Outstanding Player, for a WCWS record 60 innings, eight complete games and six victories. The second-team All-American also set a WCWS record for strikeouts with 76.
|The Wildcats -- 2007 NCAA Division I Softball Champions|
(Photos by J&L Photography)