Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talked to Two-Time National Champion Pitcher at Arizona and currently Ole Miss Asst Softball Coach Taryne Mowatt who in her first season as pitching coach at Oxford help lead the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
Mowatt talk about many different topics including.
- How she turn around Ole Miss pitching staff which went from a 4.30 ERA in 2015 to 3.26 in 2016.
- How did Mowatt end up at Ole Miss?
- How did Mowatt get into coaching?
- How did Mowatt get into Softball?
- Impact of playing for Mike Candrea at Arizona
- Winning National title over Monica Abbott and Tennessee in 2007
- What was it being part of the ESPYs as a Student Athlete?
- Impact Stephanie Best of ProSwings.com had on Mowatt
- Mowatt thoughts on pitch count
- What would Mowatt change about Softball if she was in charge?
Prior to Ole Miss, Mowatt was recently an assistant coach at California Baptist for three seasons, helping the team to NCAA regional appearances each year along with PacWest Conference championships in 2012 and 2014.
Mowatt was part of two National Championships with Arizona in 2006 and 2007. In 2006 Women’s College World Series, Mowatt hit her third home run in Game One and in the finale of the 2006 Women’s College World Series National Championship series against the Northwestern Wildcats, Mowatt had two hits; Mowatt would bat close to .400 at the series and .290 for the season. Mowatt was selected to the WCWS All-Tournament Team after Arizona won its seventh title.
In 2007, Mowatt led Arizona back to the Women’s College World Series where Mowatt pitched 60-innings with 76 strikeouts, 4 shutouts performance at the 2007 Women’s College World Series is one of the most memorable performances any player has had in the WCWS. Mowatt was named to the All-Tournament Team and earned the “Most Outstanding Player” Award as Mowatt led Arizona to a come from behind series win over Monica Abbott and Tennessee in the National Championship Series. Mowatt set new WCWS records for wins (6) and strikeouts.Later that year Mowatt also won two ESPY Awards; Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete.
The 07 Women’s College World Series National Championship Series between Mowatt’s Arizona Wildcats and Monica Abbott’s Tennessee Vols is still one of the most watched Women’s College World Series series of all -time with the deciding Game three of the series still the most watched College Softball game of all-time.
Most-Viewed Games in WCWS History:
|Rank||WCWS Year and Game||Matchup||Viewership|
|1.||2007 Championship Finals – Game 3||Tennessee vs. Arizona||2,326,000|
|2.||2015 Championship Finals – Game 3||Michigan vs. Florida||2,273,000|
|3.||2005 Championship Finals – Game 3||Michigan vs. UCLA||2,240,000|
|4.||2015 Game 12||LSU vs. Michigan||1,950,000|
|5.||2007 Championship Finals – Game 2||Arizona vs. Tennessee||1,919,000|
|6.||2015 Championship Finals – Game 2||Florida vs. Michigan||1,865,000|
|7.||2003 Championship||California vs. UCLA||1,852,000|
|8.||2009 Championship Finals – Game 2||Florida vs. Washington||1,788,000|
|9.||2015 Game 9||UCLA vs. Auburn||1,612,000|
|10.||2004 Championship||California vs. UCLA||1,593,000|
Mowatt ended her career at Arizona with 1,267 strikeouts, second best for the Wildcats, 5th in the Pac-12 and within the top 20 for NCAA Division I all-time rankings; Mowatt strikeout ratio of 10.1 also came in second, third and 7th all-time respectively in NCAA D1 history. Mowatt broke single season school records for innings pitched (370), strikeouts (522) and victories (42).