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Arizona Splits Final Day of Kajikawa
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 11, 2007
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TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The top-ranked Arizona softball team (4-2) concluded play at the Kajikawa Classic with a 4-1 win over Wisconsin and a walk-off 3-2 defeat versus No. 13 Texas A&M.


Arizona Scratches Out 4-1 Win over Badgers


Junior pitcher Taryne Mowatt (2-1) tossed a gem, as she struck out 11 UW hitters and allowed three hits and one walk in a complete-game effort.


The Wildcats got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second.  Chelsie Mesa led off with a line-drive single to short and advanced to second on a Laine Roth sacrifice bunt.  Then, Callista Balko broke the scoreless tie with her first home run of year, a two-run shot to right-center field.


Caitlin Lowe led off the third with a single just past the pitching circle, and with a stolen base and a wild pitch quickly found herself standing on third base.  K’Lee Arredondo drew a walk and stole second to put a pair of runners in scoring position for the Wildcats, but a groundout, strikeout and flyout ended the really without any runs scored.


The Wildcats scored two much-needed insurance runs in the sixth, as Sarah Akamine pounded a two-out, RBI pinch hit into left field for a single.  Lowe followed with a run-scoring double to left-center field, plating Cyndi Duran who had reentered the game in place of Akamine.


The Badgers put up a fight in their half of the sixth inning, as they drew a pair of hit-by-pitches and a fielder’s choice to load the bases, but Mowatt squelched any thought of a comeback win with an inning-ending strikeout.


Walk-Off Bites Cats Again


For the second straight day, Arizona fell victim to a walk-off home run.  No. 13 Texas A&M used a two-run shot to overtake UA’s one-run advantage for a 3-2 final.


Sarah Akamine tossed five innings, surrendering one run on nine hits and left the game in a 1-1 tie.


Taryne Mowatt, who has come in to relieve Akamine in all three of her starts, tossed a scoreless sixth inning before allowing the game-winner to Megan Gibson in the seventh.


The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the third inning with a bit of small ball.  Adrienne Acton led off with a single up the middle and one out later stole second.  The Marana, Ariz., native advanced to third on a K’Lee Arredondo sacrifice and came in to score on an A&M passed ball. 


After the Aggies tied the game in the fifth inning, UA’s dynamic duo of seniors Caitlin Lowe and Kristie Fox manufactured the go-ahead run.  Lowe led off the frame with a single and moved to second on her eighth stolen base on the season.  Arredondo moved the upperclassman over to third with a productive groundout, setting the stage for Fox.  UA’s shortstop then drove in Lowe with a sacrifice fly to center field, putting UA up 2-1.


Game Notes:

-         Caitlin Lowe extended her hit streak to 10 games, dating back to the 2006 Women’s College World Series

-         Caitlin Lowe’s third-inning steal of second against Wisconsin moved her ahead of Amy Chellevold for fourth place all time at Arizona in career stolen bases with 114.  A later act of thievery in the Texas A&M game put her career total at 115.

-         Caitlin Lowe finished the weekend with four multi-hit games, leading the Wildcats.

-         Chelsie Mesa was the only other Arizona player to have multiple multi-hit games.  She went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases in the A&M game.  Mesa currently boasts a three-game hitting streak.

-         All nine runs Taryne Mowatt surrendered over the weekend came via home run.

-         Arizona stole 21 bases on 22 attempts.  Last year, UA stole 10 in its six Kajikawa Classic games.


Up Next: Arizona kicks off a season-long 15 game homestand with the Worth Wildcat Tournament next weekend, beginning Friday, Feb. 16.  Temple, Texas Tech, Virginia and Middle Tennessee State will visit Hillenbrand Stadium in UA’s home-opening series.