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No. 6: Mowatt throws eight games

6/1/2012
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WCWS Top Diamond Moments: Taryne Mowatt, 2008

Arizona's Taryne Mowatt pitches eight games, throws 1000 pitches and sets a WCWS strikes record.

The Women's College World Series has provided many great moments over the years, but which snapshot is your favorite? Our experts selected 10 great moments since 1998, and you told us which one is the best.

During the WCWS, we'll reveal the Top 10 Diamond Moments as voted on by you, the fans. We're down to No. 6:

2007: Taryne Mowatt, eight games, more than 1,000 pitches

The most impressive part of Taryne Mowatt's extended soliloquy on the World Series stage might have been lifting the championship trophy over her head after throwing more than 1,000 pitches in eight starts. Arizona was going to go as far as Mowatt could take it, as the diminutive ace was essentially coach Mike Candrea's only option in the circle. So when Mowatt and the Wildcats were on the wrong end of a 1-0 loss against Monica Abbott and Tennessee on the second day, a title defense looked doubtful. But Mowatt won three elimination games Saturday and Sunday, including two against Danielle Lawrie and Washington, to earn a rematch against Tennessee in the best-of-three championship series. Given that Mowatt seemed to thrive on working herself in and out of jams, it only made sense Arizona lost the first game against the Lady Vols, only to see a pitcher with one of the best changeups of all time clinch the title with back-to-back shutouts. -- Graham Hays