Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Mowatt No-Hits ASU, Cats Win in Walk-off Fashion
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 07, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Kristie Fox drove in Jill Malina in the bottom of the seventh to give No. 6 Arizona (27-8, 3-1 Pac-10) a 1-0 walk-off victory over No. 9 Arizona State (36-9, 2-2) to seal Taryne Mowatt’s (20-7) fourth career no-hitter.


The Wildcats had their chances against the Sun Devils, loading the bases twice in the game, but Fox’s base knock to left off ASU starter Katie Burkhart (18-7) was the game’s first and only run.


Mowatt earned her first career Pac-10 no-hitter, after hurling no-nos against UNLV and Cal State Northridge in 2006 and one against Texas Tech earlier this year.  The junior threw to just two batters over the minimum, as she struck out 11 Sun Devils to just one walk.

The 13th largest crowd in Hillenbrand Stadium history, 2,729 fans.


Mowatt’s counterpart Burkhart was equally impressive, striking out 12 Wildcats and allowing no earned runs in six and two-thirds innings of work.


UA compiled five hits to ASU’s zero, led by Caitlin Lowe’s two-hit, two-stolen base performance.  Additionally, Lowe reached base twice by way of two of ASU’s three fielding errors.


However, it was Fox’s run-scoring single that marked her third consecutive game-winning hit for UA and sixth of the year.


The Sun Devils evaded a major threat in the bottom of the first, in which UA loaded the bases with no outs.  Lowe led off with a single, followed by an illegal pitch, a walk and a hit batter.  Jenae Leles then grounded into a double play that cut Lowe down at the plate and Leles en route to first.  Burkhart then struck out Callista Balko to end the inning.


The Wildcats loaded the bases again in the bottom of the fifth, with an Adrienne Acton single, a Sun Devil error and an intentional pass to Fox.  Once again, Burkhart closed the frame by inducing a UA strikeout.


Taryne Mowatt took a perfect game into the sixth inning, but lost it when she threw a come-backer past first baseman Sam Banister for a two-base error to lead off the frame.  However, Mowatt retired the next three batters via a foul pop up, a strikeout and a groundout.


Game Notes:

-         Paid attendance was 2,729; the 13th largest crowd in Hillenbrand Stadium history.  Additionally, the figure is the largest since Team USA faced the Wildcats in an exhibition game on March 26, 2004

-         The intentional walk to Kristie Fox in the fifth inning was the first ASU has issued all year.

-         This is the first Pac-10 no-hitter for Arizona since Alicia Hollowell held Washington scoreless in Seattle on April 30, 2006.


Up Next: Arizona will look to take the season series from ASU on Saturday night with a 7 p.m. dated slated as Rivalry Red-Out. The contest will be televised live on ESPN2.