Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 3 Arizona Softball Shuts Out Texas Tech, 6-0
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 19, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- No. 3 Arizona (9-0) defeated Texas Tech (3-7), 6-0, in UA’s third game in the Worth Wildcat Invitational.


Taryne Mowatt (5-0) tossed her third complete-game shutout in five starts, giving up just one hit.  Mowatt exercised another display of excellent control, striking out 13 Red Raiders, while walking just one.  On the year, Mowatt has struck out 61 opponent hitters and has allowed only two walks.    


The top of Arizona’s lineup had a different look, with Adrienne Acton hitting in the two hole, while pitcher Taryne Mowatt hit for herself in the lineup’s final slot.  Autumn Champion, meanwhile, was in the “flex” spot and did not hit.


At first, it appeared UA would go down quietly in the first frame, but Kristie Fox singled and Chelsie Mesa crushed her second home run of the year, giving UA a, 2-0, lead.


Arizona scored three runs in the second inning, when Jenae Leles led off with a single and was moved to second via a Callista Balko sacrifice bunt.  An infield single off the bat of Laine Roth, followed by an RBI groundout by Taryne Mowatt extended UA’s lead to 3-0.  Next, Caitlin Lowe brought Roth around with an RBI double to left.  The Wildcat kept the pressure on, as Adrienne Acton promptly smacked Losleben’s 1-1 offering to center for an RBI single, scoring Lowe, but Acton was thrown out trying to advance to second.


Arizona next takes on North Carolina State on Saturday, beginning at 6:15 p.m.



-                     For the first time since 2004, Autumn Champion did not bat in the second hole

-                     Taryne Mowatt became the first UA pitcher to hit for herself since Wendy Allen in 2004

-                     Chelsie Mesa extended her team-high hitting streak to six games

-                     Jenae Leles registered her first career multi-hit game