Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 1 Arizona defeats No. 18 Baylor, 2-1, in Nine Innings
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 12, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 1 Arizona softball team (22-1) defeated No. 18 Baylor (18-8), 2-1, in nine innings in the first half of a Sunday doubleheader.


Arizona pinch runner Danielle Rodriguez scored the game-winning run on a throwing error by Baylor shortstop Lauren Parker.


Taryne Mowatt (10-1) defeated Lisa Ferguson (9-4) and in a pitcher’s dual in the first half of a Sunday doubleheader.


Mowatt, who gave up a solo home run in the top of the first inning to Brett Reagan, settled down after the round-tripper.  After Reagan’s blast, Mowatt retired the next 11 batters and surrendered only three additional hits all game.  The sophomore from Corona, Calif., struck out eight Lady Bear hitters and did not allow a walk. 


The Wildcats, who lit up Ferguson for five runs in 1.1 innings on Friday, had a tougher time early on against the Lady Bear hurler.  At least one UA hitter figured out Ferguson in the bottom half of the fourth, when Kristie Fox hit a home run to left field, tying the game.  Coming off of a six-RBI game, Fox’s blast was her fourth of the year. 


The Wildcats appeared to put together its first legitimate rally in the bottom of the sixth, as Caitlin Lowe led off with an infield single.  Following a Champion lineout, Lowe stole her 14th base of the year.  With Lowe on second, the Lady Bears opted to fill the open base with Kristie Fox.  The move paid off, as Ferguson retired the next two UA hitters.


In the top of the seventh, Reagan tagged Mowatt for a line drive to right-center field, but Adrienne Acton played the carom off the wall and threw a bb to Kristie Fox to cut down Reagan.  Acton’s assist was the first of her career.


UA mounted a threat in the bottom half of the seventh, but a groundball double play nixed the possible rally.


With two out in the bottom of the eighth, Champion smacked Ferguson’s seventh offering of the at-bat to the left field wall for a double.  The double was Champion’s third of the year, marking a new career-high.  Additionally, Champion has more extra-base hits this year, four, than she had in the last three years combined.  For the second time, the Lady Bears’ coaching staff opted to give Fox a free pass and take its chances with Chelsie Mesa.


Mesa hit a ball deep in the hole to short, and the first base umpire called Mesa out on a close play that would have loaded the bases.


With a single and a throwing error, Baylor had two of its first three batters reach base in the top of the ninth, but Mowatt worked out of another jam, and the Lady Bears did not score.


Up Next: Arizona takes on Baylor again immediately following this game.


Game Notes:

-         Baylor’s Brett Reagan’s first-inning home run marked only the second time all year that a UA opponent scored in the first inning.  The only other occurrence was a solo shot that Texas hit in a Feb. 26 match-up.

-         Arizona’s 1-0 first-inning deficit marked just the second time the Wildcats trailed all year.

-         This was UA’s first extra-inning game of the year.

-         Caitlin Lowe extended her team-high hit streak to 10 games.