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Arizona Wins Worth Wildcat with 8-1 Win over Texas Tech
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 18, 2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No.4 Arizona softball team defeated Texas Tech with an emphatic 8-1 victory to capture the Worth Wildcat Invitational.


With its fifth consecutive victory, Arizona improved to 9-2 on the year, while Texas Tech dropped to 6-4. 


Pitcher Taryne Mowatt (5-2) tossed her sixth complete game of the year, limiting the Red Raiders to one run on one hit in seven innings of work.  For the fourth time in six starts, Mowatt struck out at least 10 opposing hitters, as she fanned 11 TTU batters in the contest.


Mowatt received plenty of run support, including Kristie Fox’s team-leading fourth home run of the year, staking the Wildcats to an early three-run lead.  Fox would end up with four RBI in the game and nine on the weekend. 


In the second inning, Texas Tech would score its only run via the lone Red Raider base hit of the game, but five consecutive Arizona runs scattered through the remainder of the game secured the UA victory.


Fox would come up with another RBI extra-base hit in the third, as she plated Jenae Leles all the way from first with a double down the right-field line.


Arizona then scored three runs on four hits in its half of the fourth inning.  Sam Banister, who collected her second multi-hit game of the year, catalyzed the scoring with a one-out single.  After Adrienne Acton was retired on a sacrifice bunt attempt, UA strung together three consecutive hits to notch a three-run, two-out rally.  Caitlin Lowe’s second hit of the game was followed by a pair of RBI doubles by K’Lee Arredondo and Jenae Leles to extend UA’s lead to a 7-1 margin.


Other Worth Wildcat Invitational scores:

Middle Tennessee State 11, Virginia 2 (Third-place game)


Game Notes:

-         Kristie Fox started as UA’s cleanup hitter for just the fifth time in 193 career starts.  She homered in her first at-bat of the game.

-         Taryne Mowatt improved her career record versus Texas Tech to 4-0.  The Red Raiders have a collective batting average .048 (4-for-84) and have scored a total of two runs over the four contests.

-         K’Lee Arredondo batted .143 (1-for-7) from the left side and .625 (5-for-8) as a right-handed hitter this weekend.  Incidentally, all five of Arredondo’s RBI during the Worth Wildcat Invitational came during right-handed at-bats.

-         Seven Wildcats had at least one hit, including three multi-hit game performances (Caitlin Lowe, Kristie Fox and Sam Banister).

-         Arizona out-scored its opponents 37-8 in its five Worth Wildcat games.  UA batted .376 as a team, while Wildcat pitchers limited opposing hitters to a .147 average.


Up Next: Arizona remains at home, as the Wildcats will host No. 3 Texas A&M for a three-game set.  The Wildcats and Aggies will square off at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with the series finale coming Sunday at noon.  Brian Jeffries will call Friday and Saturday’s action on KCUB 1290 AM The Source.