Arizona pitcher Taryne Mowatt, right, celebrated with third baseman Jenae Leles after the Wildcats defeated Tennessee 5-0 to win the Women's College World Series. CLICK FOR LARGE
Arizona wins eighth title
OKLAHOMA CITY » Taryne Mowatt finished what she started and Arizona won its eighth NCAA softball title, breaking loose against Tennessee ace Monica Abbott for a 5-0 victory yesterday in the Women's College World Series.
The top-seeded Wildcats (50-14-1) lost the opener in the best-of-three championship series, then bounced back to win the final two games.
Mowatt (42-12) pitched all 60 innings in the tournament for Arizona and became the first pitcher to win seven games in the event.
It was scoreless in the fifth inning when Arizona scored all five runs.
Jenae Leles hit a two-run single and Chelsie Mesa added a three-run homer for the Wildcats.
Mowatt broke the school record for wins in a season set by Alicia Hollowell in 2004.
After recording the final out on Shannon Doepking's grounder to third, the Wildcats celebrated by tossing their gloves into the air and piling on each other in the pitching circle.
Mowatt threw more than 1,000 pitches and eight complete games in the course of a week, leading Arizona back from the losers' bracket to win the title.
She was chosen the series' most outstanding player.