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20070520 Softball Advances to Regional Final with 8-0 Win
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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">Arizona</st1:State> softball team is headed to the regional title game after an 8-0 victory over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Mississippi</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Saturday.</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">The Wildcats, which improved to 41-12-1 on the year with the win, have now outscored opponents 17-0 in two regional games this season.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The loss dropped <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Mississippi</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> to 35-26 in 2007.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Bulldogs will face the winner of the Pacific/Howard game for the right to face <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> in tomorrow&rsquo;s game regional final.</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> second baseman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189674"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189674">Chelsie Mesa</A></A> led the way with a 2-for-4, three-RBI showing at the plate.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Four additional Wildcats tacked on RBI and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> punched out nine hits in the victorious effort.<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:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Mississippi</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> had the potential go-ahead run at the plate in the fourth inning, but would not get much closer to scoring.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Second baseman Chelsea Bramlett accounted for two of four Bulldog hits.</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> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Mississippi</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> were locked in a scoreless battle until the top of the fifth, when the Wildcats exploded for three runs.<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">With one out, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77421"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77421">Adrienne Acton</A></A> reached on an infield single to short.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> ? who reached twice via error ? sent a chopper to the shortstop as well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The ball would be good for an infield single and a throwing error on Courtney Bures gave UA runners on the second and third.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With a pair runners in scoring position, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189674"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189674">Chelsie Mesa</A></A> knocked her third triple of the year to right-center field to plate the two UA outfielders.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Next, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47508">Kristie Fox</A></A> brought <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> across with a warning-track sacrifice fly to center field.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats added a run in their half of the sixth to bring the score to 4-0.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With two outs, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189676"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=189676">Sam Banister</A></A> drew a walk before being lifted for pinch runner <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=227635"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=227635">Jill Malina</A></A>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=648723">K'Lee Arredondo</A> followed with a double to the gap that brought Malina all the way around to score.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the seventh inning, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> doubled its score with four more runs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA used three hits, the Bulldogs&rsquo; fourth defensive error of the day, two wild pitches and a walk to push the quartet of runs across.</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> pitcher <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=77425">Taryne Mowatt</A></A> (32-10) tossed her second complete-game shutout in as many days and blanked an opposing team for the 14<SUP>th</SUP> time this year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The first-team all Pac-10 selection allowed four hits and one walk in seven innings of scoreless work.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt&rsquo;s pitching counterpart Kelli Miller (18-11) drew the loss, having given up three runs on five hits in five innings of work.</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><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=47539">Caitlin Lowe</A></A> was caught stealing for the first time this season, having stolen 47 straight bases in 2007 and 54 dating back to 2006.</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:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> improved to 18-1 this year when its opponent commits two or more errors.</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 52-6 all-time in NCAA games at Hillenbrand Stadium.</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 play the winner tonight&rsquo;s 6 p.m. matchup between the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Mississippi</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> and the winner of the Howard/Pacific game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats&rsquo; will play at noon on Sunday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Live stats and a free webcast of the game will be available at arizonaathletics.com.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Should <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> lose, the two teams would play the &ldquo;if necessary&rdquo; game at 2:30 for a trip to the super regional round.</P>
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