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Softball Wins Tucson Regional ? Will Host Super Regional
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/21/2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The top-seeded Arizona softball team defeated Pacific 7-0 to win the Tucson Regional on Sunday at Hillenbrand Stadium.

 

With the win, the Wildcats (42-12-1) advance to the super regional round and will play Cal State Fullerton next weekend.  While the NCAA has announced that the two squads will play at Hillenbrand Stadium, Arizona awaits word as to whether the best-of-three game series will be played on Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday.  Additionally, once all regional games have been played on Sunday, the NCAA will announce which sites’ games will be televised.

 

The Wildcats won their third regional game in as many days thanks to a Taryne Mowatt one-hitter in the circle and a balanced offensive attack that pounded out 10 hits in the game.

 

Caitlin Lowe and K’Lee Arredondo led the Arizona offense, as Lowe went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a pair of stolen bases and Arredondo hit a two-run homer and scored three runs.

 

Mowatt (34-10) out-dueled Pacific’s Alyce Jorgensen (8-6), as the Wildcat ace gave up one hit and three walks over seven innings of scoreless work.  Mowatt struck out seven Tiger hitters.  Meanwhile, Jorgensen pitched four innings and surrendered five runs on six hits and four walks.

 

Arizona left fielder K’Lee Arredondo broke up a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second with a towering fly-ball home run that just cleared the right field wall for her third homer of the year.  The two-run shot put Arizona up 2-0 ?- a lead it would hold until the Cats rallied for three runs in the fourth inning.

 

In the top of the fourth, Jorgensen tried to help her own cause by breaking up Mowatt’s no-hitter with a leadoff single to center, but the next three Tigers went down and left their only base runner to reach via hit stranded at first.

 

In UA’s half of the fourth, Arredondo drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on an Adrienne Acton infield single.  Following a Caitlin Lowe sacrifice bunt, Chelsie Mesa laced a two-run double down the right field line to double Arizona’s lead to 4-0.  Kristie Fox then hit a double of her own to plate Mesa for UA’s third and final run of the inning.

 

The next inning, Laine Roth led off with her first home run of 2007 ?- a solo shot to left field, before Arredondo got things going yet again.  She drew a one-out walk and moved to second on an Acton groundout.  Caitlin Lowe ?- who had already stolen two bases in the game ?- singled Arredondo home to plate the freshman from Tempe, Ariz., for the third time in the game.

 

Game Notes:

-         Caitlin Lowe stole two bases, giving her 49 SB on the season and 156 in her career.  The 49 steals ties her with Vivian Holm for second place on the Arizona list.  Lowe 156 career steals are 11th-best in NCAA history and two steals shy of the Pac-10 record.

-         Arizona improved to 53-6 all-time in NCAA games at Hillenbrand Stadium.

-         Taryne Mowatt improved to 34-10 on the year, which ties her for sixth place on UA’s all-time list for victories in a season.  Additionally, with 63 career wins, Mowatt now holds the eighth most pitching victories in school history.

-         Taryne Mowatt pitched 19 scoreless innings and three complete-game shutouts this weekend.  The Corona, Calif., native allowed five hits over 60 opponent at-bats for an .083 opponent batting average.  The Wildcats scored 24 runs in 17 innings and hit .363 as a team.

 

Up Next: Arizona will host Cal State Fullerton in the super regional round.  The best-of-three game series will be played either on Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday.  Arizona awaits word from the NCAA as to when its super regional will be held and what, if any, television coverage will be provided.  Check back to arizonaathletics.com for updates.

 

Fans can contact the McKale Ticket Office on Monday at 9 a.m. to preorder tickets for the super regional by calling (520) 621-CATS, ordering online at arizonaathletics.com or by ordering in person at McKale Center.

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