Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Softball Drops 7-4 Decision to UCLA
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 11, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The third-ranked Arizona softball team lost to No. 14 UCLA, 7-4, on Thursday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.


The game marked UA’s second loss in 25 home games this season and snapped a 16-game home winning streak.


Arizona drops to 38-11-1 overall and 14-4-1 in Pac-10 play.  UCLA improves to 35-15 on the year and 11-8 in Pac-10 contests.


Arizona pitcher Taryne Mowatt (30-9) took the loss, giving up seven runs in as many innings of work.  The Corona, Calif., native struck out 12 Bruin hitters to bring her total to 397 on the year and placing her fourth on UA’s single season list.  UCLA’s Megan Langenfeld (12-2) earned the win, as she gave up four runs in seven innings of work.


After squandering a bases-loaded opportunity in the first inning, the Wildcats came through with four runs in the second.  Sam Banister led off the rally with a single, before K’Lee Arredondo drew a walk.  Adrienne Acton followed with a sacrifice slap, which was mishandled by the Bruin third baseman to load the bases for Caitlin Lowe.  The three-time, first-team All-American flied a two-run single down the left field line for the game’s first two runs.


With UCLA still yet to record an out, Chelsie Mesa loaded the bases with a single to right.  Kristie Fox then earned an RBI the hard way by forcing a run home via a hit by pitch.  Two batters later, Sarah Akamine ?- who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the first inning ?- drove home UA’s fourth run of the frame with a sacrifice fly to plate Lowe. 


UCLA quickly made up the deficit with four runs of its own in the third.  Krista Colburn clubbed her sixth home run of the year ?- a three-run shot ?- to make it a 4-3 ballgame.  The Bruins would tack on an unearned run to even the score 4-4.


After a scoreless fourth, the Bruins took a three-run lead, when Langenfeld helped her own cause with a three-run homer.  Langenfeld’s seventh blast of the year came after a pair of UCLA singles.


Game Notes:

-         Arizona gave up its first unearned run of Pac-10 play in the third inning of tonight’s game.

-         Tonight’s loss snaps a 16-game home winning streak.

-         Arizona dropped its first game of the year in which it has scored four or more runs.  UA now holds a 30-1 record in those contests.



Up Next: Arizona will host Washington for a pair of contests to close out the regular season.  The Wildcats and Huskies will play on Friday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 1 p.m.