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Release: 06/04/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">OKLAHOMA CITY ? </B>For the 12<SUP>th</SUP> time in the last 17 years Arizona will be playing on the final day of the softball calendar, as the seven-time national champion Wildcats earned a date with fellow WCWS finalist Tennessee after taking two games from Washington on Sunday to advance.</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"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> will enter the best-of-three championship series with a 48-13-1 record, while <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s 2007 campaign will end at 42-19.<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">The Wildcats have ridden the arm Taryne Mowatt (40-11) throughout the postseason, and the junior All-American has been nothing less than stellar.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt has allowed just one earned run in 36 WCWS innings, which translates to a 0.19 ERA.</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">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s Danielle Lawrie (31-13) took the loss after getting touched up for four runs on eight hits in five innings of work.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UW reliever Caitlin Noble surrendered four runs on as many hits over the final two innings.</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>&rsquo;s offense tallied 12 hits after mustering only three base knocks in the first game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA was led by Chelsie Mesa (3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI) and Jenae Leles (2-for-2, 4 RBI) in a game that seven Wildcats registered at least one hit.</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> jumped on Lawrie for two runs in the first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Caitlin Lowe and Chelsie Mesa got UA off to a fast start with a pair of singles to lead off the frame.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>One out later, Jenae Leles lined a two-run double down the left field line to plate the seniors.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">This afternoon&rsquo;s hero, Sam Banister, came through again with an RBI hit in the third inning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Kristie Fox started things off with a one-out single to right and moved up to second on a Leles walk.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>One out later, Banister singled to right to plate Fox for UA&rsquo;s third run of the contest.<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"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> broke up Mowatt&rsquo;s shot at a shutout with one run on three hits in the bottom of the fourth.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The run was the first earned run Mowatt had allowed in 32.2 innings pitched at the 2007 WCWS.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UA responded with a run of its own in the top of the fifth to increase its lead back to a 4-1 margin.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> led off with a single and moved to second on a passed ball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A Fox base knock put runners at the corners, before Leles hit a sac fly to left to bring <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Mesa</st1:City></st1:place> home.</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 no doubt when it scored four additional runs in the sixth.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Callista Balko, K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo and Adrienne Acton loaded the bases with a walk, single and UW error, respectively.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following a Lowe fly out, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> doubled pinch runner Duran and Arredondo home.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Next, <st1:City w:st="on">Mesa</st1:City> plated <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Acton</st1:place></st1:City> with a sac fly.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Leles kept the hits coming with an RBI single to plate <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The ribbie was Leles&rsquo; fourth of the game, which tied a season high.</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><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> improves to 55-3 all-time in WCWS games in which it scores at least one run.</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> reaches its 12<SUP>th</SUP> title game since 1991.</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>With tonight&rsquo;s win, Taryne Mowatt became the 20<SUP>th</SUP> player in NCAA history to have tallied 40 victories or more in a single season.</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">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s fourth-inning run snapped a streak of 32.2 WCWS innings in which Mowatt did not allow an earned run.</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> reaches the Championship Series, where the Wildcats will meet <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:place></st1:State> for a best-of-three game series for the 2007 national title.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The series will begin on Monday at 7 p.m. (CDT) with Games 2 and 3 slated for 7 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All games will be televised live on ESPN2 HD.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats and Lady Vols are familiar adversaries, as the two squads have faced one another four times in WCWS play over the last three years.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will attempt to win back-to-back NCAA championships for the third time in program history.</P>
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