TUCSON 20070225 No. 4 Softball Takes Series Versus No. 2 Aggies - The University of Arizona Official Athletic Site
 
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20070225 No. 4 Softball Takes Series Versus No. 2 Aggies
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Release: 02/25/2007
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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>A pair of Callista Balko home runs and a strong pitching effort by Sarah Akamine propelled fourth-ranked <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> to a 6-2 victory Sunday and a three-game series win over No. 2 Texas A&amp;M.</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"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>, which defeated the Aggies 5-0 on Friday and lost 4-3 last night, bounced back with 11-hit performance that saw four Wildcats register multi-hit games.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The win improved <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s record to 11-3 on the year, while Texas A&amp;M drops to 13-2 with both losses coming to UA.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the circle, Akamine (5-0) scattered nine hits and gave up two runs in six-plus innings of work.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Taryne Mowatt earned her second save of the year, striking out cleanup hitter Amanda <st1:place w:st="on">Scarborough</st1:place>, Megan Gibson who previously homered in the game and Jami Lobpries.<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"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> got on the board in the second inning with a brief rally largely due to K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The freshman from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tempe</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place>, who started in the eight-hole for the first time all year after hitting second in the previous 13 games, got on base with a two-out double down the left-field line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After a delay-steal of third, Arredondo scored on an Adrienne Acton slap that was mishandled by Aggie shortstop Macie Morrow.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">From there, Balko provided some insurance for the Wildcats with her fifth and sixth home runs of the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With two out in the third, Balko displayed her opposite-field power by clubbing a solo shot to right-center, doubling UA&rsquo;s lead to 2-0.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Kristie Fox, who returned to her usual third spot in the order after batting cleanup in UA&rsquo;s previous three games, led off the fifth with a single.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After being sacrificed to second by Jenae Leles, Fox advanced to third in a Taryne Mowatt single and scored on a throwing error by A&amp;M center fielder Sharonda McDonald.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With Mowatt on second and one out, Balko blasted her second homer of the day ? this one to left field ? to give the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City></st1:place> native her third career multi-home run game.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Aggies broke up Akamine&rsquo;s shot at her first career shutout with a run in the sixth, but the Wildcats would quickly make up for the blemish on the scoreboard with one of their own.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fox cracked an opposite-field home run of her own, her fifth on the season, to give UA a 6-1 advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The round-tripper gave Fox her team-leading 17<SUP>th</SUP> RBI on the year and tied her with Alison McCutcheon for eighth on UA&rsquo;s all-time list for RBI in a career with 184.</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>With a second-inning single, Chelsie Mesa tied a career-long, 11-game hitting streak.</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>Callista Balko hit her sixth home run through UA&rsquo;s 14 games of 2007.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Balko, who hit 13 home runs in 2006, did not reach the half dozen mark until <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s 40<SUP>th</SUP> game of last year (April 21, 2006 at Stanford)</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>Callista Balko&rsquo;s two previous multi-home run games came against <st1:State w:st="on">Virginia</st1:State> last weekend and at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> on April 30, 2006.</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:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s game time versus <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Missouri</st1:State></st1:place> next Sunday has been moved up to 11 a.m.</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:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> will host the Arizona Battle of Champions at Hillenbrand Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 28.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will take on <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Phoenix</st1:PlaceName></st1:City></st1:place> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">College</st1:PlaceType> at 5 p.m. and Pima College at 7 p.m.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All three participating teams won the national championship in their respective divisions in 2006.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Admission is free.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats will return to regular, Division I play next Friday, as UA will host <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Missouri</st1:place></st1:State> for a three-game series from March 2-4.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Friday and Saturday&rsquo;s games are at 7 p.m., with Sunday&rsquo;s first pitch set for 11 a.m. </P>
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