June 4, 2006

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Game 13: Arizona 6, Tennessee 0

  • Arizona moves on to meet Northwestern in the WCWS championship series. The best-of-three format begins Monday at 7 p.m. (CDT). The Wildcats are making their 11th appearance in the WCWS title game and aiming for their seventh softball national title.
  • For the second straight year, Tennessee was eliminated in the WCWS semifinals "if-necessary game" after losing to Michigan, the eventual national champion, in 2005. In their two-year history at the WCWS, the Vols own a 6-4 record. UT finished the season with an overall record of 61-12, the highest winning percentage (.836) in program history and second-highest win total (the highest was 67 wins in 2005).
  • The all-Wildcat final in the WCWS championship series will feature two squads that faced each other on Feb. 10 with Arizona taking the 8-0 victory in six innings at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
  • Tonight's contest marked the highest number of runs scored (six) by one team in a seven-inning game in this year's WCWS. Northwestern took a 6-5 victory over Alabama in 10 innings on opening day.
  • Arizona's six runs also marked its highest scoring performance in a WCWS game since 2002 when the Wildcats beat Florida State, 6-2, in 11 innings to advance to the title game. The last time U of A scored six runs in a regulation contest in the WCWS was in 2000 when the Wildcats handed Washington a 6-0 loss.
  • UT pitcher Monica Abbott's six runs surrendered were the most she has ever given up in a WCWS contest in her career and ties for the most she has given up this season. She gave up six runs to Georgia (a 7-6 loss on April 30) and to Alabama (6-3 loss on March 26). Abbott gave up nine hits for the second time in the WCWS after giving up nine to UCLA in the opening game win for the Vols.
  • Arizona hurler Alicia Hollowell pitched two complete games in one day for only the second time this season. The only other time this year was against Washington (April 30) where she guided the Wildcats to a 2-0 shutout and a 10-1 victory. Tonight also marked Hollowell's 18th shutout of the season and the 16th time she has surrendered two or fewer hits this season.
  • With two stolen bases by Caitlin Lowe and one by Autumn Champion, Arizona is now a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen bases in the WCWS.
  • Arizona's Jenae Leles' two-run single up the middle gave Arizona the initial 2-0 lead. It marked her first hit of the WCWS and 33rd and 34th RBI of the season.
  • U of A's Laine Roth tallied her first WCWS hit with an infield single in the top of the second. She finished the game with a 2-for-3 outing at the plate and her first RBI since May 18 against Marist.
  • Arizona senior Autumn Champion recorded a season-high three RBI tonight. It was only her third multi-RBI game of the season.





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