Taryne Mowatt may not go down as the program's best pitcher, but she may be the gutsiest. With their backs against the wall time and time again, Mowatt summoned up the courage and stamina to lead the Wildcats to their eighth national title.

The junior from threw over 1,000 pitches on her way to leading the Wildcats to their second straight national championship.

Mowatt did not come in with the hype or stats that her Tennessee counterpart Monica Abbot did, but in the end she out dueled her. After giving up three runs in the first game of the best-of-three championship series, she buckled down and did not let a Lady Vol score again.

That is not to say she was dominant. Time and time again she found herself in a jam, and time and time again she worked her way out of them.

Abbott was not so fortunate. She gave up her first run of the College World Series in the 10th inning of Tuesday night's game but looked like her old self as she pitched four innings of shutout softball.

Then came the fifth inning.

Senior All-American Caitlin Lowe led off the inning with an infield hit. K'Lee Arrendondo lined a single to right and the bobbled ball gave the Wildcats runners at second and third.

For the second time in the game the Volunteers chose to intentionally walk Kristie Fox. Jenae Leles took the Tennessee decision to avoid Fox and pitch to her to heart. She smacked the first offering from Abbott up the middle and drove Lowe and Arrendondo home for a 2-0 lead.

It was a bit of redemption for the freshman third baseman who was called out in the third when she collided with a Tennessee infielder on a ball that looked like it would score Lowe.

Next it was Chelsie Mesa's turn to redeem herself. Mesa committed an error in the second game of the World Series that allowed Tennessee to beat the Wildcats and force them to the more difficult loser's bracket. Although the error had already been forgotten, it was erased from memory with one swing of the bat. Mesa crushed a rise ball to right field for a three-run homer run and a 5-0 lead.

It was more than enough for Mowatt. She'd load the bases in the sixth, but work her way out of another jam.

The game ended when Mesa fielded a dribbler and threw to first for the final out.

Mowatt set a school record for most wins in a season. Her 42 wins edged last year's standout Alicia Hollowell's 41. She also set the school single season strikeout record. Her 11 in the final game gave her 522 for the year.

Most impressively was her effort over the last week. She threw every inning, pitching 60 innings over eight games in seven days.

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