Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Mowatt No-Hits Tech, Wildcats Romp Temple
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 17, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- No. 4 Arizona won its first two home games of the year, with two very different victories: a run-rule win over Temple and a no-hit performance versus Texas Tech.


Wildcats Rock Temple, 9-1


No. 4 Arizona returned to Hillenbrand Stadium for the first time since winning the 2006 national champion with a 9-1, five-inning victory over the Temple Owls. 


The win improved Arizona’s record to 5-2, while the loss dropped Temple to 0-2.  Arizona freshman pitcher Sarah Akamine (3-0) tossed her first complete game, lowering her ERA to 1.25 on the year.  In five innings of work, she surrendered five hits and no walks, as she struck out five Owls. 


UA third baseman Jenae Leles powered the Wildcats with a 2-for-3 performance that included her first home run of the year, two RBI and a pair of runs.


Six Wildcats, including the first five hitters in the UA lineup, had at least one RBI in Arizona’s winning cause.


The Wildcats and Owls were locked in a scoreless tie until UA exploded for all nine of its runs in the top of the fourth inning.  Leles led the frame off with a solo home run and seven UA singles, a pair of base on balls and a hit by pitch measured out to be all nine runs of the game for the Wildcats.


Mowatt Mows Down Tech with No-Hitter


Arizona pitcher Taryne Mowatt tossed her third career no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Texas Tech.


Mowatt (3-2) has experienced considerable success against the Red Raiders.  Over the last two years, she boasts a 3-0 record in 21 innings, having given up only one run on three hits over that timeframe.  Additionally, the Red Raiders have a collective .048 batting average


Arizona scored the game’s first run in the third inning on a rally catalyzed by Caitlin Lowe.  The senior leadoff hitter slapped a one-out infield single and stole her 116th career base to give the Cats a runner in scoring position.  Two batters later, Jenae Leles notched her second game-winning hit of the night with an RBI single up the middle to score Lowe for the game’s only run.


In the circle, Mowatt would scatter seven walks throughout the no-no.  She worked through a self-inflicted jam in the fourth, in which she walked the bases loaded to start the inning but used two strikeouts and a groundout to get herself out of the mess unscathed.


Other Worth Wildcat Invitational scores:

Texas Tech 8, Virginia 7

Virginia 11, Middle Tennessee State 10

Middle Tennessee State 12, Temple 11


Game Notes:

-         The Hillenbrand Stadium crowd of 1,439 is a stadium record for an Arizona home opener.

-         Caitlin Lowe’s team-high, 10-game hitting streak was snapped in UA’s victory over Temple.

-         Tonight’s pitching performance versus Texas Tech was Arizona’s first shutout of the year.


Up Next: Arizona continues to host the Worth Wildcat Invitational on Saturday, as the Wildcats are scheduled to face the Virginia Cavaliers at 3 p.m. and Middle Tennessee State at 5 p.m.  Arizona’s 2006 national championship squad will be honored in between the two contests.