FULLERTON, Calif. ?- Arizona won a battle of the last two national championship winners, with a 2-1 victory over seventh-ranked Michigan in the quarterfinal round of Fullerton’s Judi Garman Classic.
The Wildcats out-hit the Wolverines four to three in a closely contested battle that was decided on a two-run single in the fourth inning.
Wildcat pitcher Taryne Mowatt pitched a gem, as she improved her record to 14-6 in her 17th complete game of the year. The Corona, Calif., native punched out eight UM hitters and allowed three hits and one walk in seven innings of work.
Michigan pitcher Nikki Nemitz suffered her first career loss, as she saw her record drop to 9-1. Ironically, two years ago at the same tournament, Mowatt’s first career loss came to a Michigan team that would eventually win the 2005 Women’s College World Series.
With both teams hitless entering the bottom of the third, Michigan loaded the bases with just one out. After Mowatt struck out the first hitter of the inning, the top of the Wolverine order came to the plate. Alessandra Giampaolo singled through the middle and Rebekah Milian reached on an infield base hit, giving the Wolverines a pair of base runners. After Samantha Findlay was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Roya St. Clair worked the count 3-0 before Mowatt battled back to induce a fly pop out. During the next at-bat, Mowatt hurled a wild pitch, allowing Giampaolo to score the game’s first run.
The Wildcats responded with a pair of two-out runs in the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead. Caitlin Lowe led off with an infield single, and Chelsie Mesa reached safely when Nemitz failed to retire Lowe on a fielder’s choice. Two outs later, UA’s two base runners had moved up to second and third, respectively, with Jenae Leles at the plate. The Wildcat third baseman came through with what proved to be her sixth game-winning hit of the year, a two-run single to right.
Mowatt would allow only one hit outside of the third inning and retired the final 10 opposing hitters of the game.
- Chelsie Mesa’s Pac-10-leading 22-game hitting streak came to an end.
- Adrienne Acton’s single in the fifth inning pushed her hitting streak to 11 games. The Wildcat right fielder is hitting .433 (13-for-30) in those games.
- All but four of Arizona’s 17 RBI in the Judi Garman Classic have come with two outs.
Up Next: Arizona advances to the semifinal round of the Championship Bracket in the Judi Garman Classic. The Wildcats will take on Louisiana-Lafayette game at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Log on to www.arizonaathletics.com for free live stats, and check in with www.fullertontitans.com to see updated scores and brackets from the Judi Garman Classic