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20070307 No. 2 Cats Take Two from Creighton
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Release: 03/07/2007
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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>The second-ranked <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> softball team (16-3) swept a mid-week doubleheader against Creighton (8-3) by scores of 6-2 and 7-3 on Tuesday night in the Wildcats&rsquo; last home games before a two-week road trip.</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">In the first game, a balance of pitching and offense paced the Wildcats to a 6-2 victory over visiting Creighton.</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, Taryne Mowatt (10-3) earned her fourth victory in as many UA games, tossing her 12<SUP>th</SUP> complete game of the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The junior from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Corona</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, registered 12 strikeouts and no walks in seven innings of work.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She surrendered two runs on three hits and pitched to just four batters over the minimum.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Creighton catcher and <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> native TJ Eadus hit a solo home run in the top of the second for the game&rsquo;s first run, giving the Jays a 1-0 advantage.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats quickly relieved CU of the lead by scoring a pair of unearned runs in the second.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt got aboard to lead off by reaching on an error and would score on a K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo RBI single to center.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arredondo would then be plated by Adrienne Acton, who registered her second multi-hit game of the year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Having already extended her hitting streak in the first inning, Chelsie <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> connected for her third home run of the year to lead off the third, increasing UA&rsquo;s advantage to a 3-1 margin.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Jays would tack on a run in the fifth via a suicide squeeze to cut its deficit down to a single run, but Kristie Fox&rsquo;s sixth home run of the year ? a three run job to right-center field ? in the sixth solidified UA&rsquo;s lead, 6-2.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the game two of the double dip, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week Caitlin Lowe dominated Creighton pitching ? going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a stolen base and her first home run in 39 games.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With UA already leading 2-0 in the third inning, Chelsie Mesa extended her hitting streak to 16 games with an RBI double to plate Lowe.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The two-bagger gave <st1:City w:st="on">Mesa</st1:City> the longest hitting streak for an <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> player since Autumn Champion&rsquo;s 25-game run in 2003.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Later in the inning, pitcher Sarah Akamine (6-0) would help her own cause by driving <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> in for UA&rsquo;s fourth run.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats upped their lead to 6-0 in the fourth when Lowe lined a two-run homer to center to score herself and Adrienne Acton, who reached with her third extra-base hit of the year.</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>In the second game, Chelsie Mesa extended her career-long hitting streak to 16 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This is the longest hitting streak since Autumn Champion&rsquo;s 25-game run in 2003.</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>Taryne Mowatt did not allow a walk for the first time in her 12 starts in 2007.</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>In the first game, Creighton became UA&rsquo;s second opponent of the year to score before the Wildcats.</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 homer in the second game was her first since April 30, 2006 at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> ? a stretch of 39 games.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in"><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 travel to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Waco</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Texas</st1:State></st1:place> for a three-game series this weekend against No. 14 Baylor.</P> <P> </P>
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