Rodriguez scored on an Adrienne Acton fielder’s choice with one out in the top of the 10th inning and snapped a streak of 43 consecutive scoreless innings for
With the win,
Arizona pitcher Taryne Mowatt (41-12) tossed her seventh complete game in six days, shutting out the Lady Vols to earn her 41st victory of the season ?- tying her with Alicia Hollowell for the most victories in a single season at Arizona.
The junior All-American struck out 11 Lady Vol hitters and in doing so became the single-season strikeout leader at
Abbott (50-4) allowed just the one run on four hits and struck out 11 hitters of her own, but the one run made the difference.
Both teams squandered scoring opportunities throughout the game, as
Rodriguez entered the game as a pinch runner for Sam Banister, who singled to for the second time in the game to lead off the 10th. The multi-hit game was Banister’s second in as many days, marking the first time the sophomore has accomplished the feat in back-to-back games all year. Next, designated player Sarah Akamine sacrificed Banister to second. That brought up Callista Balko, who entered the at-bat 0-for-19 in the WCWS. The
The first base runners of the game came in the top of the second, when UA third baseman Jenae Leles drew a leadoff walk. One out later, Banister connected on her third hit in two games to give the Wildcats two runners on with just one out. However, Abbott struck out the next two
Mowatt worked out of more trouble in the fourth. Tonya Callahan started things off with a walk and Doepking laid down a bunt that allowed her to reach on a fielder’s choice. Next, Mowatt induced Clay into grounding into a double play, before getting the next hitter to ground out as well.
Mowatt continued to play with fire as she loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. Liane Horiuchi started things off with a walk and moved up a base on a Kenora Posey bunt single. That brought up the top of the order and SEC Player of the Year India Chiles, who loaded the bases with an infield single. Mowatt got Lindsay Schutzler to ground into a fielder’s choice to retire Horiuchi. She then got Tiffany Huff and Callahan to pop to her middle infielder’s with exceptional plays by Chelsie Mesa and Kristie Fox, respectively.
Other than a two-out single off the bat of
The game headed to extra-innings when Mowatt left a pair of Lady Vols on base in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Schutzler singled and Huff walked, but Mowatt got Callahan to fly out to left.
Kristie Fox reached with a one-out single in the ninth. The base knock was her 10th of the WCWS play and marked the 16th game out of the last 18 that she has had at least one hit. Yet again, Abbott left the runners stranded as she retired the next two hitters.
Mowatt responded by getting Huff to fly out. With two outs and a full count, Mowatt became the single-season strikeout leader by striking out cleanup hitter Callahan to end the inning.
- Taryne Mowatt set a WCWS record for complete games with seven.
- Taryne Mowatt set a WCWS record for walks in a given WCWS with 25. However, only one of those bases on balls has come around to score.
- Kristie Fox’s 10 hits in the WCWS are the second-most all-time.
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