Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Leles' Walk-Off Homer Seals Sweep
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 04, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona’s Jenae Leles needed to see only the first pitch in the seventh inning to find the one she wanted.  The Wildcat third baseman hit a towering fly ball to left field that just cleared the fence for her third home run of the year, breaking a 7-7 tie and giving Arizona an 8-7 walk-off victory over Missouri.


The win gives second-ranked Arizona (14-3) a sweep over a visiting Missouri team (14-9) that came to Tucson on an eight-game winning streak.   


On a blustery day that saw consistent 25 mile per hour winds at Hillenbrand Stadium, Arizona jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning and would have a 7-3 advantage in the fourth, but a gutsy Tiger offense fought back to eventually tie the game 7-7 in the sixth inning.


Caitlin Lowe led UA offensively by going 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored and four stolen bases ?- making her a perfect 22 of 22 on stolen base attempts this year.  On the weekend, Lowe went 7-for-10 at the plate with eight runs scored, four RBI and nine stolen bases in as many attempts.  Additionally, she was directly involved in 12 of UA’s 21 runs scored in its three games this weekend.


Lowe’s classmate Kristie Fox notched her second consecutive multi-hit and multi-RBI game with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with a double, three RBI and a run scored.


The seniors got Arizona on the board in the first, as Lowe reached with an infield single, stole second and scored on a single by Chelsie Mesa.  The senior second baseman then stole second, advanced to third on a grounder by fellow senior Fox and scored on a Taryne Mowatt (9-3) sac fly.  The Wildcats would tack on one more run in the inning, staking pitcher Mowatt to a 3-0 lead.


It was more of the same in the second inning, when Lowe reached with a one-out, infield single and stole her second bag of the game.  Following a Mesa fly out, Fox singled Lowe home.  Leles would double Fox around to score on a wind-aided fly ball that left the Tiger defense frustrated.


MU responded with three runs on four hits in the fourth in a rally that was capped off by a Michaela Minner two-run single to right.


Fox got two of the runs back for the Wildcats with a two-run double, plating Adrienne Acton ?- who had tripled ?- and Lowe to end the fourth inning with a 7-3 lead.


Tiger center fielder Leanne Bowers then shocked the crowd of 1,030 at Hillenbrand Stadium with a there-run homer in the top of the fifth, bringing MU within one run.  The Tigers would get that tying run across in the sixth when Andee Allen singled home Amanda Renth to tie the game 7-7.  Mowatt worked her way out of a bases-loaded jam by inducing Tiger right fielder Julie Silver into a foul pop up.


After Mowatt stranded a pair of MU runners in the top of the seventh, the Wildcats prepared for their turn at bat to end the game before extra-innings.  As soon as the mid-inning music faded out,  Leles crushed the first offering of the inning over the left field wall for a home run, ending the game, 8-7.


Game Notes:

-         Chelsie Mesa extended her career-long hitting streak to 14 games.

-         Chelsie Mesa’s first-inning stolen base gave her eight on the year, one more than her 2006 total of seven SB.  Other UA hitting streaks extended in the game include Kristie Fox (seven games) and Caitlin Lowe (four games).

-         Adrienne Acton’s fourth-inning triple was the first three-bagger of her career and third career extra-base hit.

-         Caitlin Lowe’s fourth stolen base on the game and ninth of the weekend places her in a third-place tie with Vivian Holm on UA’s career stolen base list with 129 SB.

-         Caitlin Lowe’s fourth-inning single gives her 290 career hits, placing her in the illustrious top 10 list for career hits at UA.

-         Arizona’s defense committed only one error on the weekend and was error-free in its last 18.1 innings in the field.

-         Pitcher Taryne Mowatt pitched all 21.0 innings for Arizona this weekend.


Up Next: Arizona will host Creighton on Tuesday at Hillenbrand Stadium in its last home date until March 23 against New Mexico.