Walk-off win

Nothing came easy for top-seeded Arizona on the first day of the College Softball World Series. It took a couple of extra innings, but the Wildcats prevailed 2-1.

It was almost as if Kristie Fox decided enough was enough. She led off the ninth inning and took a high, outside pitch over the left field fence to give the Cats a walk-off win.

Both starting pitchers threw gems. Wildcat starter Taryne Mowatt threw over 150 pitches, but had great stuff late. She struck out the side in the top of the ninth to give the Cats a chance.

The Cats struck first in the fourth. Fox led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a Jenae Leles single. Fox scored on a fielder's choice, when she made a dash for the plate immediately upon contact.

The Lady Bears evened the score the next inning. Tucson native Ashley Monceaux walked, Kristin Shortridge singled and a fielder's choice gave Baylor runners at first and second with two outs.

A passed ball advanced both runners to scoring position and then the controversy began. Chelsi Lake offered at a low pitch that skirted to the fence. Wildcat catcher Callista Balko believed it was a foul tip, but the umpire ruled that the ball was not touched by the bat and Shortridge scored.

Mike Candrea came out to protest, but to no avail.

Replays were inconclusive. The Cats had a chance to win the game in the eighth but a base running error erased a one-out single. Caitlin Lowe singled and attempted to steal a base, but was ruled by the first base umpire to have left the base before the pitcher released the ball, which resulted in her being called out.

The Wildcats next face Tennessee on Friday. The Volunteers no-hit Texas A&M in their opening round game.

Mowatt pitched all nine innings for the Cats, striking out 16, while scattering just two hits. She is scheduled to pitch in game-two against Tennessee.


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