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No. 3 Softball Holds on to Beat No. 7 Cal
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/06/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The third-ranked Arizona softball tem (38-9, 9-6) chalked up its fourth consecutive Pac-10 victory in a 5-0 win over No. 7 California (40-8, 8-8).

 

Taryne Mowatt and Cal’s Kristina Thorson and Lauren Frankiewicz hooked up for a riveting pitching duel that saw Mowatt retire the first 11 Golden Bear hitters she faced.

 

Mowatt would prevail with her second victory over Cal this season.  The sophomore went six and two-thirds innings, before giving way to Alicia Hollowell for the save.

 

After stranding a runner in both the first and second innings, the Wildcats missed out on a prime opportunity to score in the third.  Adrienne Acton led off the frame with a single to short, but would trade places with Caitlin Lowe in the latter’s fielder’s choice at-bat.  Autumn Champion followed with a bunt single, which sent Lowe to third on a Cal throwing error.  With runners at the corners, Champion stole second base and Kristie Fox drew a nine-pitch walk.

 

With the bases loaded, Callista Balko tried to lay down a safety squeeze bunt, but bunt fell just in front of home plate, where Cal catcher Haley Woods promptly picked the ball up and stepped on home plate to force out Lowe.  With three Wildcats still occupying the bases, Jenae Leles ended the rally with a groundout to second.

 

In the fourth, Mowatt retired the first two Golden Bear hitters she faced before allowing her first base runner of the night with an Alex Sutton single to center.  With the possibility of a perfect game out of the question, Mowatt then hit Emily Friedman in the hands with a pitch, giving Cal two runners on with the most prolific home run hitter, Woods, at the plate.  Mowatt would induce Woods into grounding out to short, keeping the game scoreless.

 

The Wildcats finally came through in the fifth inning with three runs.  A Lowe single up the middle, Champion walk and a Fox hit by pitch loaded the bases with no outs.  After Balko went down looking, Leles drove in the game’s first run with a groundout to second, which scored Lowe.  With runners now at second and third with two outs, Chelsie Mesa stepped up with a double off the center field wall, scoring both Champion and Fox.

 

In the sixth, Balko laced a double down the left field line to bring in two more runs for the Wildcats and bring the score to its final 5-0 tally.

 

Game Notes:

-         Caitlin Lowe’s first-inning stolen base was number 98 in her career.

-         Adrienne Acton had a career-high three putouts in right field.

-         Chelsie Mesa’s fifth-inning double was her second extra-base hit of Pac-10 play.

-         Arizona stranded nine runners to Cal’s six.

 

Up next: The Wildcats next play tomorrow, as they host eighth-ranked Stanford at Hillenbrand Stadium, beginning at 7 p.m.  Brian Jefferies will be on hand to call all the action on KCUB 1290 AM.  Jeffries’ call and a live webcast will be available for All-Access subscribes on arizonaathletics.com.

 

 

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