Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Down Dawgs, 6-0, in Pac-10 Opener
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 31, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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SEATTLE, Wash. ?- The fifth-ranked Arizona softball earned a convincing Pac-10 victory in its first league game of 2007, defeating No. 16 Washington 6-0 in Seattle on Friday.


The Wildcats improve to 25-7 on the year, while the Huskies drop to 22-8 after what was the first Pac-10 contest for both squads.


Taryne Mowatt turned in one of her finest pitching performances, as she shutout a Husky offense that had been held scoreless only once this season.  The junior hurler gave up just four hits and two walks, while striking out nine hitters in the complete-game effort.  UW’s Danielle Lawrie (13-4) drew the loss, tossing 4.1 innings and giving up four runs.


Along with some timely hitting, the Wildcats took advantage of six walks, a hit by pitch and a Husky fielding error to score their six runs. 


The Wildcats got on the board with a pair of runs thanks to their All-American seniors.  Caitlin Lowe’s grounded a ball back to the circle and used her speed to force a throwing error out of Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie.  After Lowe stole second and Lawrie retired Chelsie Mesa, Kristie Fox lined her ninth home run of the year down the left field line to stake the Wildcats to an early 2-0 lead.


The Huskies showed patience at the plate, using two walks sandwiched between a bleeder of a single to load the bases with just one out in the bottom of the first.  Mowatt worked out of the jam, inducing catcher Alicia Matthews into a foul pop-up and a strikeout of pitching counterpart Lawrie to end the threat.


UA kept the pressure on in the second, loading the bases for the top of the order with just one out.  After Callista Balko led off with a strikeout, Laine Roth walked and K’Lee Arredondo and Adrienne Acton both singled to fill the bags for Lowe.  The Wildcat center fielder drew a walk to force Roth home and knock Lawrie out of the circle for designated player Caitlin Noble.  The relief pitcher inherited three runners and retired two of the three batters, but a passed ball and a hit by pitch allowed a run to score and increased the UA lead to 4-0.


Following a scoreless third inning, the Wildcats tacked on a pair of additional runs in the fourth.  With two outs, Mesa, Fox and Sarah Akamine drew three consecutive walks to load the bases for Jenae Leles.  The Wildcat third baseman battled to work the count full before lining a single to left field, plating Mesa and Fox for UA’s fifth and sixth runs of the contest.


Game Notes:

-         Kristie Fox’s first-inning homer gave her sole possession of ninth place on UA’s career home run list with 42 homers.


Up Next: Arizona continues its opening weekend of conference play with a pair of games at No. 14 UCLA.  The Bruins have announced that both Saturday and Sunday games at Easton Stadium are sold out.  Saturday’s contest will be televised on various FSN stations around the country via tape delay on Sunday, including on FSN Arizona Sunday at 2 p.m.  Fans can check local listings for air times in their respective market.