Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Mowatt One-Hits No. 2 A&M
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 24, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The fourth-ranked Arizona softball team handed No. 2 Texas A&M its first loss of the year with a 5-0 Wildcat victory at Hillenbrand Stadium on Friday night.


Taryne Mowatt (6-2) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but surrendered her first and only hit of the game to lead off the frame.  The junior from Corona, Calif., struck out 13 of the 27 batters she faced in her second shutout of 2007.


With the win, Arizona improves to 10-2 on the year, while Texas A&M drops to 12-1.  Arizona registered seven hits and one error, while the Aggies had one hit and one error.


Arizona scored three runs in the third inning, and one in both the fifth and sixth frames to accumulate the five-run margin.


After A&M pitcher Amanda Scarborough struck out six of the seven batters she faced in the first two innings, Arizona rallied for three runs in the third.  Sam Banister led off the inning by drawing a leadoff walk.  Adrienne Acton reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second to give UA its first runner in scoring position in the contest.  Caitlin Lowe walked and K’Lee Arredondo reached on an infield single to load the bases for the Wildcats with only one out.


Next, Jenae Leles came to the plate and extended her career-long, six-game hitting streak with a single up the middle to score Acton for what would prove to be the game-winning run.


After Kristie Fox fouled out, Chelsie Mesa came up with one of her two base knocks on the night and padded the Wildcat lead with a two-RBI single to center, scoring Lowe and Arredondo.


Lowe would lead off the fifth with a single, move to second on an Arredondo slap bunt and come around to score the game’s fourth run on a Fox single.


Callista Balko iced the game in the sixth with her fourth home run of the year, a solo shot to left.


Through three walks, an error, a hit by pitch and the one single, Mowatt allowed at least one Aggie to reach base in five of seven innings, but in only the sixth inning did A&M get someone into scoring position.  After UA got on the board in the third, the A&M never brought the tying or go-ahead run to the plate.


Game Notes:

-         Arizona’s seven hits were a season-high for a Texas A&M opponent.

-         Leles’ third-inning RBI single was her third game-winning hit of the year.

-         Caitlin Lowe (five games), Jenae Leles (six games) and Chelsie Mesa (nine games) all extended their hitting streaks.

-         Arizona’s fielding error in the fifth inning snapped a string of 48.2 error-free innings that dated back to Feb. 11 versus Wisconsin.


Up Next: Arizona continues its series versus the Aggies with a 7 p.m. matchup on Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium.  Fans can tune in to 1290 AM to hear Brian Jeffries call all the action.