WCWS Game 6: Tennessee 1, Arizona 0 -- Postgame Notes & QuotesJune 2, 2007

May 31- June 6, 2007
ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.


Game 6: Tennessee 1, Arizona 0

-- The game's first pitch was at 11:21 p.m. after severe weather delayed the opening game of the session two hours and 47 minutes.

-- An announced crowd of 7,744 marked the second-largest single-session attendance in Women's College World Series history. The figure marked a record for the second-day session and was bested only by the 2000 Championship session featuring Oklahoma and UCLA.

-- Until the sixth inning of tonight's contest, Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott had struck out at least two batters in every inning of the 2007 WCWS.

-- Adding to her NCAA single-season strikeout record, Abbott fanned 16 to reach 681 Ks on the year. She also increased her NCAA career records for strikeouts (2,397), shutouts (110) and wins (187).

-- Abbott and Arizona hurler Tayrne Mowatt combined to strike out 26 batters, two off the WCWS record set yesterday in Tennessee's 2-0 victory over Texas A&M.

-- Abbott walked three batters for the second consecutive contest. Prior to the WCWS, she had given up three or more free passes only three times on the year.

-- Tennessee improved to 61-6 on the year (8-4 in the WCWS) while Arizona dropped to 45-13-1 (52-24 in the WCWS).

-- Despite the victory, the Lady Vols still trail in the all-time series against Arizona 7-3. Tennessee does own a 3-1 advantage over the Wildcats in postseason play, however.

-- Tennessee improved to 51-1 on the year when scoring first. The Lady Vols scored on a two-out Arizona error by second baseman Chelsie Mesa in the bottom of the sixth.

-- Twenty-one of Arizona's 24 WCWS losses have come via shutout.

-- Arizona's Caitlin Lowe recorded her 29th multi-hit game of the season with her two hits.

-- Lowe, the Pac 10 Defensive Player of the Year, recorded her second assist of the year in a run-saving effort in the bottom of the sixth.

-- Mowatt recorded her 800th career strikeout with her fifth-inning punchout of Erinn Webb.


May 31-June 6, 2007
ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Game 6: Tennessee 1, Arizona 0

Opening comment:
"Well this is where you want to be and it really does not matter how you get there. Arizona is a very tough team and they played a fantastic game. Taryne Mowatt pitched a great, great game. You had two pitchers out there battling, battling and battling, and I can not say enough about Monica Abbott keeping us in the game and getting out of jams and putting us on her back tonight."

On winning and having Saturday off:
"We're just happy to have the day off. We have not been in this position before. This is the first time. The first two years we lost this game and had to come back and play the next day. We talked last night about how important it was to win this game to have that day off, and be able to come into Sunday having to win one game."

On the game:
"I just stuck with the game plan. The coaches decided to intentionally walk some batters so I just had to trust them and go with what they were going for. I had to stick to my game plan and throw my pitches. I knew I had a great defense behind me and that we would get it done."

On whether it is good or bad facing Arizona and coach Mike Candrea:
"In some ways yes and some ways no. I love playing for Coach Candrea on the national team but I'm in college right now and I need to represent Tennessee."

On the sixth inning:
"I think we just pulled together in our huddle. We have worked hard on having good huddles. We told each other that Monica (Abbott) is pitching an awesome game and we had a good spot in our lineup coming up and wanted to make something happen. The bats had not been great all game so we just pulled together and said look we just need to relax and have fun and focus and get this done.'"

-- Courtesy Oklahoma