May 27, 2007
TUCSON, AZ - Adrienne Acton's two-run single in the third was all the offense Taryne Mowatt and host Arizona needed as the No. 4 Wildcats advanced to their 19th Women's College World Series with a 2-1 victory over visiting Cal State Fullerton on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,045 fans at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium.
The Titans finished the season at 38-23 overall, winning an NCAA regional for the first time since 1995 and finishing second in the Big West Conference during the regular season.
Arizona improved to 44-12-1, winners of its last six straight games, and will meet Baylor in the opening round of the Women's College World Series on Thursday (May 31).
Senior Candice Baker (21-14) suffered the loss, allowing only the two runs on four hits, walking four and striking out three. She finished her stellar four-year career in a Fullerton uniform as the school's all-time strikeout leader and ranks among the top 10 in numerous other categories.
The workhorse of the Titans' pitching staff in the postseason, Baker threw all but 2 2/3 innings of Fullerton's seven-game run, posting a 4-3 record.
Mowatt (36-10) pitched a complete-game three-hitter on Sunday, allowing only a single run, walking three, and striking out five for the win.
Arizona was the first to get on the scoreboard this time as the Wildcats plated two runs in the third to take the early lead. A lead-off walk to Sam Bannister and a double off the very top of the wall by K'Lee Arredondo that bounced back into the field of play put a pair on with no outs.
That brought up Acton, who half-swung a pitch into the gap in right centerfield past a drawn in outfield, scoring both runners to make it 2-0.
Fullerton had five baserunners reach in the first three innings, but none reached second base as a pair of fielder's choice's, a runner caught stealing, and a line drive double play erased any chance of a Titan rally.
However, the Titans got one of the runs back in the fourth as sophomore Courtney Martinez lined a 1-0 pitch just fair around the left field pole for her eighth home run of the year, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
That would be as close as Fullerton would get, however, as the Titans stranded five for the for the game - including a pair in the fourth.
Aside from Martinez's home run, junior Kiki Munoz, the team's leading hitter entering the game, had the team's only other hits on the afternoon, finishing 2-for-3 to lead the offense and extending her hitting streak to six games in the process to end the year.
Acton led Arizona with a pair of hits on the day.