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Softball Can Capture NCAA Title with Win Tonight
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/06/2007
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With a win over Tennessee (63-7) in tonight’s 7 p.m. (CDT) championship game, Arizona (49-14-1) will win its eighth NCAA title since 1991.  The game will be televised live on ESPN2 HD.

 

Back-to-back: With a win tonight, Arizona will be crowned back-to-back NCAA 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 56-3 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. 

 

The toughest thing to do... is end a team’s season.  While every team has had to write the final chapter in someone else’s storybook, Arizona won’t let another squad do it to them.  Arizona enters tonight’s game having won its last six elimination games, dating back to the 2006 super regional against LSU.

 

Date

Opponent

Result

Notes

5/27/06

LSU

W, 14-5 (5)

UA advances to 2006 WCWS in Game 3 of Super Regional

6/4/06

Tennessee

W, 6-0

UA reaches Championship Series after losing to UT earlier in day

6/2/07

DePaul

W, 3-0

UA breaks scoreless tie in fifth to eliminate DePaul

6/3/07

Washington

W, 2-0

UA forces “if” game with 6th inning 2-run double by Banister

6/4/07

Washington

W, 8-1

UA reaches 12 title game in program history, eliminates UW

6/5/07

Tennessee

W, 1-0 (10)

UA forces Game 3 of Championship Series


                                   

Taryne Mowatt has pitched every inning of Arizona’s 12 postseason games this year and enters Game 3 having thrown 53 innings seven complete games and 888 pitches in the last six days.  Last year, she did not pitch in UA’s 2006 WCWS championship run, but made the All-WCWS team with five hits in seven at-bats.

 

The ace’s pitching stats over several timeframes:

 

W-L

ERA

IP

R

ER

K

H

AVG

2007

41-12

1.48

363

90

77

511

198

.158

WCWS

5-2

0.53

53.0

6

4

65

27

.150

Postseason

10-2

0.73

86.0

13

9

102

44

.150

Pac-10

14-4

1.60

131.1

31

30

174

71

.156

 

Throughout the WCWS, Taryne Mowatt has set or challenged a number of Arizona and WCWS records:

Arizona records

Entering Game 3

Record holder

Innings pitched in a season

363

Mowatt

Victories in a season

41

Tied with Hollowell, ?'04

Strikeouts in a season

511

Mowatt

 

WCWS records

Entering Game 3

Record holder

Innings Pitched

53.0

54.0 (Ritter, Michigan ’05)

Complete Games

7

Mowatt

Wins

5

5 (multiple)

Games Started

7

7 (Ritter, Michigan ’05)

Strikeouts

65

68 (Abbott, Tennessee ’07)

 

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.

 

W-L

ERA

IP

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