Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 2 Arizona Softball Sweeps No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 26, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- No. 2 Arizona (29-3) completed a three-game sweep of No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette (23-6), with a 6-2 victory at Hillenbrand Stadium on Sunday.


Chelsie Mesa led UA’s offense with a 4-for-4, two-RBI performance at the plate, just a home run short of the cycle.  Freshman third baseman Jenae Leles went 3-for-4 with a home run.


Taryne Mowatt and Leslie Wolfe combined to hold Louisiana-Lafayette to one earned run on three hits in seven innings.


With one out in the bottom of the first, Chelsie Mesa started a UA rally with her third triple of the year.  Kristie Fox followed Mesa’s three-bagger with an RBI base knock through the left side to give UA a 1-0 lead.


After the Ragin’ Cajuns scored one run in the second, UA responded as Mesa stepped up once again.  This time, the Yuma, Ariz., native came up with an RBI single to bring Adrienne Acton around for UA’s second run of the game.


UL tied the Wildcats, once again, in the top of the third, bringing the game to a 2-2 tie.  The Wildcats quickly responded, as Jenae Leles led off with her fifth home run of the year.  UA tacked on one more run in the third, giving UA a 4-2 lead.


In the top of the fourth, Taryne Mowatt relieved Leslie Wolfe, who had given up one earned run and two hits in three innings of work.  Once in the circle, Mowatt did not disappoint, as she allowed only one hit in four innings of work.


UA cemented its lead in the bottom of the sixth with two runs on four hits.  Autumn Champion led off with a single and was driven in by a Mesa double.  Fox and Leles followed with base hits of their own, as UA increased its lead to the final 6-2 margin. 


Up next: Arizona opens Pac-10 play against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m.  (PST).  UA will then play at Oregon on Saturday and Sunday.


Game Notes:

-         Leslie Wolfe’s start in the circle was her first appearance since a June 5, 2005 start against Texas at the Women’s College World Series.

-         Chelsie Mesa’s first-inning triple was the team’s 11th of the year.  That total is Arizona’s best since 1998.

-         Chelsie Mesa’s four-hit game was the first of her career and just the third for any UA player this year.

-         Taryne Mowatt’s fourth-inning relief of Leslie Wolfe marked just the second time UA has used a relief pitcher all year.

-         Arizona outscored Louisiana-Lafayette 19-3 in the three games this weekend.

-         Caitlin Lowe, who is out with an injury to her left hand, missed the third game of her career.  She had started each of UA’s last 147 games.