The Tennessee Lady Vols enjoyed some help from Arizona's pitchers en route to their 9-0, run-rule victory against the Wildcats Thursday night.
Arizona walked nine batters, including eight by starter Kenzie Fowler. Fowler's eight walks tied a Women's College World Series record for most by an individual.
Wildcat pitchers also were cited for eight illegal pitches, including one that walked in Tennessee's first run in the top of the third.
After two walks and an illegal pitch, Tennessee had runners on second and third when first baseman Erinn Webb drew the illegal pitch from Fowler that walked in the team's first run. Webb then pushed the lead to 3-0 when she crushed the team's first hit of the game, a two-run double to center field. Another illegal pitch by Fowler pushed to Tennessee's lead to 4-0.
Arizona coach Mike Candrea said the umpires "didn't know what they were doing" regarding the illegal pitch calls.
"It's a hell of a way to start the College World Series and have something called there that hasn't been called before," Candrea said. "I've never seen an umpire's judgment affect the outcome of a game, and tonight it did. It took the wind out of our sails."
Tennessee's Ivy Renfroe earned the win, pitching five innings, giving up just three hits and striking out six batters.