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20070605 Wildcats Drop Game 1 of WCWS Final(1)
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Release: 06/05/2007
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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">OKLAHOMA CITY</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> ? </B>The <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> softball team lost, 3-0, to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State> in the first game of the best-of-three WCWS Championship Series on Monday night.</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">Taryne Mowatt (40-12) drew the loss after tossing yet another complete game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The junior All-American has pitched every inning in UA&rsquo;s 2007 postseason.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She allowed three runs on six hits with six strikeouts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt&rsquo;s final strikeout of the game was her 500<SUP>th</SUP> of the year ? marking just the second time an <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> pitcher has reached that plateau in a single season.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Monica Abbott (50-3) earned the win with a three-hit shutout in which she struck out eight Wildcat hitters.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With two outs in the top of the second, UT&rsquo;s Alexia Clay homered over the outfield wall ? just out of the reach of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s center fielder Caitlin Lowe.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Clay&rsquo;s fourth home run of 2007 came in Clay&rsquo;s second at-bat of the WCWS. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></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">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s season record moved to 48-14-1 with the loss, while <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State> improved to 63-6.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Down 1-0 in the bottom of the third, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> had a rare scoring opportunity against Abbott.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sam Banister led off with a single to left.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The UA designated player was lifted for pinch runner Jill Malina who moved into scoring position on a K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo sacrifice bunt.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Abbott struck out Adrienne Acton to bring up the top of the order.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Lady Vols elected to walk four-time, first-team All-American Caitlin Lowe intentionally to put the go-ahead run on base.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> put a charge into the ball to straight away center field, but the deep fly found the glove of UT center fielder Lindsay Schutzler for the third out 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">UT doubled its lead in the top of the fourth with another solo home run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With one out, Lady Vol catcher Shannon Doepking, who entered the at-bat 0-for-8 in her career against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>, connected for her sixth home run of the year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats would scatter three more hits with a one-out single by Jenae Leles in the fourth, a two-out base knock by Kristie Fox in the sixth, and a Banister single in the seventh ? the sophomore&rsquo;s second hit of 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">Up Next: </B><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> will try to even the Championship Series and stave off elimination when the Wildcats will meet <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:State></st1:place> at 7 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday for Game 2 of best-of-three game series.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All Championship Series games will be televised live on ESPN2 HD.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P>
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