Arizona, Arizona State and Washington Advance to Super Regionals
May 21, 2007
Arizona Softball Wins Tucson Regional - Will Host Super Regional
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.
Seventh-Seeded ASU Softball Completes the Sweep To Advance To NCAA Super Regionals
PROVO, Utah - Ten strikeouts and back-to-back home runs later the seventh-seeded Sun Devil Softball team finds themselves returning home after sweeping the Provo Regionals Saturday with a 6-3 win over the BYU Cougars in Game 6. The Sun Devils are now 52-15 overall and will now return home to host the Tempe Super Regional against the winner of the Palo Alto Regional, either Stanford or LSU.
Katie Burkhart struck out 10 on the day en route to her 33rd win of the season, which ties her for the ASU single-season record for wins with Erica Beach's effort in the 2002 season. Burkhart's 10 K's also move her to 473 on the season, good for fourth all-time in Pac-10 single-season history and 16th all-time in NCAA history. She's also tallied 1,113 career strikeouts, putting her 23rd all-time in NCAA history in career strikeouts as a junior.
The Sun Devils jumped on the scoreboard first in the third as they rattled off three hits off of Christina Gywn and capitalized on a Cougar error to plate three, taking the 3-0 lead. BYU wasn't ready to give it up yet though as they hit four straight to take three back in the bottom of the inning and knot it at three apiece.
The Sun Devils weren't ready to keep it tied though as a lead-off walk to Kristen Miller was brought home on a two run shot to left from Ashley Muenz as she battled back from a 1-2 count to hit her sixth homerun of the season, giving ASU the 5-3 boost. Up next, slapper Jackie Vasquez decided to make career history as she sent the first pitch sailing over the right center wall for her first career home run. Burkhart set it on cruise control after as the Sun Devils closed out the Regional to take the 6-3 win and advance to the NCAA Super Regional Round.
'I'm extremely proud of the girls for this weekend's effort and I take my hat off to BYU, an outstanding team with amazing coaching and players. They never gave up at any point in this Regional and I can do nothing but salute them and everything they've accomplished this season.', said Head Coach Clint Myers of the series.
The Sun Devils now head back to Tempe to prepare for hosting the Tempe Super Regional where they will face either (10) LSU or Pac-10 rival Stanford. The series will be held at ASU's Farrington Stadium in Tempe on Friday, May 25 and Saturday May 26. The winner of the Super Regional will advance to the 2007 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Huskies Shutout Georgia To Advance To Super Regional
LINCOLN, Neb.-- The No. 6 seed Washington softball team used a RBI-single from sophomore Alicia Matthews in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Georgia in the Lincoln Regional Championship game to advance to the program's third consecutive Super Regional. The Huskies bounced back from a nine-inning 2-1 loss to the Bulldogs earlier in the day to win the 'if-game' and improve to 38-17. Georgia's season comes to an end with a 46-28 record.
Washington now heads back to Seattle to host the Super Regional where it will face the Tuscaloosa Regional winner-- either No. 11 seed Alabama or Tennessee Tech. The best-of-three series will take place at Husky Softball Stadium with the winner punching a ticket to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla..
The NCAA will announce whether the Super Regional will be played on Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday no later than Tuesday morning depending on the television schedule. Game times will also be made available at that time.
Tickets can be purchased through the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200 or online at gohuskies.com. All-session reserved seats are $16. Single-session seats are $10 reserved, $7 general admission adult, $5 student/senior and $3 standing room only.
The Huskies have not hosted a Super Regional since the round was added to the postseason format in 2005. Washington did host the Regional Tournament in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000, advancing to the Women's College World Series all four times.
The Bulldogs threatened in the third inning loading the bases with an error, a single by Kellie Middleton and a hit batter but UW ace Danielle Lawrie worked her way out of the jam with a strikeout to end the inning.
The Huskies had leadoff singles in each of the first three innings but were unable to get a runner past second base.
Washington tested the Bulldogs again in the bottom of the fifth inning, getting a spark from sophomore pinch hitter Dani Stuart who delivered a one-out single through the left side of the infield. Senior Nicole Moojen the laced a single into centerfield and was able to take second base when Stuart drew the throw to third base. Stuart was thrown out at the plate on a fielder's choice and Georgia hurler Kasi Carroll got Marnie Koziol to foul out to left field to get out of the inning.
The Bulldogs gave Washington a scare in the top of the seventh, using a fielding error by Dominique Lastrapes and a single by Kirstin Schnake to put runners on first and third with one out. Head coach Heather Tarr came out to the circle to talk with the infield and Lawrie got out of the inning with a fielder's choice and a pop-out.
The Huskies finally broke through in the seventh inning when Lawrie led off with a double to right-centerfield and was replaced by freshman pinch runner Alyson McWherter. McWherter advanced to third base on a fly-out by Watson to right field and Matthews lined the game-winning single into left field to propel Washington into the Super Regional.
Lawrie (27-11) earned the win as she held Georgia to one runs on four hits with five strikeouts. She threw all 27 innings for the Huskies at the Lincoln Regional, allowing 14 hits and two earned runs, while striking out 30. Lawrie had a 0.54 earned run average and held opponents to a .151 batting average.
Carroll (29-10) suffered the tough loss as she allowed one run on seven hits and fanned one.
Washington has advanced to the Super Regional each of the last two seasons and has a 1-4 record in that round. The Huskies have participated in the College World Series seven times, most recently in 2003 and 2004.