June 7, 2007
NCAA WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
May 31- June 6, 2007
ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Championship Series Game 3:
Arizona 5, Tennessee 0
- Arizona captured its eighth national title. The Wildcats trail only UCLA (10) in all-time NCAA softball crowns.
- U of A became the first team to win a championship after advancing through the losers' bracket since UCLA accomplished the feat in 2003. The 'Cats are also the first team to do it under the championship series format instituted in 2005.
- The Wildcats are the first team to win back-to-back titles since UCLA won consecutive crowns in 2003 and 2004.
- After fanning 11 Lady Vols tonight, Arizona's Taryne Mowatt passed Tennessee's Monica Abbott for the WCWS single-season strikeout record. Mowatt struck out 76 batters in 2007, while Abbott finished with 75 K's.
- With tonight's win Mowatt broke the Arizona single-season record for victories with her 42nd. Alicia Hollowell owned the previous record with 41 victories in 2006.
- Mowatt's 60 innings pitched in the 2007 College World Series broke the previous record of 53 held by Michigan's Jennie Ritter (2005). Mowatt delivered every Arizona pitch in this year's event.
- Arizona's Kristie Fox recorded her 11th hit of the 2007 WCWS, tying the record of UCLA's Natasha Watley set in 2003.
- The Wildcats' Caitlin Lowe recorded four hits against Abbott tonight, the only player to accomplish the feat against the Tennessee ace this year.
- Arizona's seniors (Lowe, Fox and Chelsie Mesa) were a combined 7-9 at the plate tonight. Mesa delivered a three-run homer in the fifth inning to cap the game's scoring.
- UT's Abbott struck out the side in the fourth inning, the 123rd time this season she has accomplished the feat.
- The Lady Vols' Kenora Posey tied the single-season WCWS steals record with four. She shares the top spot with Lowe, who had four steals in 2006, and two others.
- Leadoff hitters reached base eight times tonight (five times for Tennessee and three for Arizona).
- Tennessee finished the season with a record of 63-8. The team's .887 winning percentage was the highest in Lady Vols history.
- This year's event marked the best-attended Women's College World Series in history. A total of 62,463 fans passed through the gates of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, including 5,533 for tonight's game. The 2007 attendance total broke the previous WCWS record (set last year) by a staggering 16,341.