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20070304 Leles' Walk-Off Homer Seals Sweep
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Release: 03/04/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">TUCSON</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s Jenae Leles needed to see only the first pitch in the seventh inning to find the one she wanted.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcat third baseman hit a towering fly ball to left field that just cleared the fence for her third home run of the year, breaking a 7-7 tie and giving <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> an 8-7 walk-off victory over <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Missouri</st1:place></st1:State>.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The win gives second-ranked <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> (14-3) a sweep over a visiting <st1:State w:st="on">Missouri</st1:State> team (14-9) that came to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City></st1:place> on an eight-game winning streak.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">On a blustery day that saw consistent 25 mile per hour winds at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Hillenbrand Stadium</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning and would have a 7-3 advantage in the fourth, but a gutsy Tiger offense fought back to eventually tie the game 7-7 in the sixth inning.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Caitlin Lowe led UA offensively by going 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored and four stolen bases ? making her a perfect 22 of 22 on stolen base attempts this year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the weekend, Lowe went 7-for-10 at the plate with eight runs scored, four RBI and nine stolen bases in as many attempts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, she was directly involved in 12 of UA&rsquo;s 21 runs scored in its three games this weekend.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Lowe&rsquo;s classmate Kristie Fox notched her second consecutive multi-hit and multi-RBI game with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with a double, three RBI and a run scored.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The seniors got <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> on the board in the first, as Lowe reached with an infield single, stole second and scored on a single by Chelsie Mesa.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The senior second baseman then stole second, advanced to third on a grounder by fellow senior Fox and scored on a Taryne Mowatt (9-3) sac fly.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats would tack on one more run in the inning, staking pitcher Mowatt to a 3-0 lead.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">It was more of the same in the second inning, when Lowe reached with a one-out, infield single and stole her second bag of the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following a <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> fly out, Fox singled Lowe home.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Leles would double Fox around to score on a wind-aided fly ball that left the Tiger defense frustrated.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">MU responded with three runs on four hits in the fourth in a rally that was capped off by a Michaela Minner two-run single to right.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Fox got two of the runs back for the Wildcats with a two-run double, plating Adrienne Acton ? who had tripled ? and Lowe to end the fourth inning with a 7-3 lead.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Tiger center fielder Leanne Bowers then shocked the crowd of 1,030 at Hillenbrand Stadium with a there-run homer in the top of the fifth, bringing MU within one run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Tigers would get that tying run across in the sixth when Andee Allen singled home Amanda Renth to tie the game 7-7.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt worked her way out of a bases-loaded jam by inducing Tiger right fielder Julie Silver into a foul pop up.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">After Mowatt stranded a pair of MU runners in the top of the seventh, the Wildcats prepared for their turn at bat to end the game before extra-innings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As soon as the mid-inning music faded out,<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Leles crushed the first offering of the inning over the left field wall for a home run, ending the game, 8-7.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Game Notes: <o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Chelsie Mesa extended her career-long hitting streak to 14 games.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Chelsie Mesa&rsquo;s first-inning stolen base gave her eight on the year, one more than her 2006 total of seven SB.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Other UA hitting streaks extended in the game include Kristie Fox (seven games) and Caitlin Lowe (four games).</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Adrienne Acton&rsquo;s fourth-inning triple was the first three-bagger of her career and third career extra-base hit.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Caitlin Lowe&rsquo;s fourth stolen base on the game and ninth of the weekend places her in a third-place tie with Vivian Holm on UA&rsquo;s career stolen base list with 129 SB.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Caitlin Lowe&rsquo;s fourth-inning single gives her 290 career hits, placing her in the illustrious top 10 list for career hits at UA.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s defense committed only one error on the weekend and was error-free in its last 18.1 innings in the field.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Pitcher Taryne Mowatt pitched all 21.0 innings for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> this weekend.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Up Next: </B><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> will host Creighton on Tuesday at Hillenbrand Stadium in its last home date until March 23 against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State></st1:place>.</P>
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