Arizona's Taryne Mowatt Picks Up Pair of ESPY Awards

July 16, 2007

Arizona softball pitcher Taryne Mowatt capped off a dream season with two ESPY Awards for best female athlete and best female college athlete on Wednesday night at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. The show aired Sunday night on ESPN.

The honors came just over a month after Mowatt pitched Arizona to its second consecutive NCAA title and the eighth national championship program history.Over the course of the season, Mowatt set Pac-10 records for innings pitched (370) and strikeouts in a season (522) and tied the record for wins (42), for which she earned second team All-America honors.

The Corona, Calif., native's notoriety reached a new level when she hurled over 1,000 pitches over eight games in seven days at the Women's College World Series. During that time, she propelled Arizona to five elimination-game victories and set records for strikeouts, innings pitched, complete games and victories in a WCWS. For her efforts, Mowatt was named the WCWS Most Outstanding Player.

Other nominees for athlete of the year were Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, LPGA golfer and ex-Wildcat Lorena Ochoa and Tennessee basketball star Candace Parker.

Additionally, Mowatt defeated Parker, Tennessee softball pitcher Monica Abbott, Notre Dame soccer star Kerri Hanks and Georgia swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce.

The 15th annual show honoring the best in sports was co-hosted by basketball star Lebron James and comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

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