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Recap: Wildcat Invite 3-8-08
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/08/2008
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Creighton 2, Arizona 1 (Box Score)?

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TUCSON--Creighton sophomore Tara Oltman put an end to Arizonaˇ?s hot hitting

and 13-game winning streak with a three-hitter to lead the Bluejays to a 2-1 victory over the No. 7 Wildcats in the finale of the Wildcat Invitational softball tournament Saturday evening at Hillenbrand Stadium.

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Oltman struck out nine, walked four and allowed only one hit over the final three innings. She outdueled UAˇ?s Taryne Mowatt, who gave up five hits but uncharacteristically struck out only five. Mowatt (6-4) threw five innings before giving way to Lindsey Sisk.

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Renae Sinkler jacked a Taryne Mowatt fastball over the left field fence with one out in the top of the fifth to give the Bluejays a 1-0 lead.

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It didnˇ?t last long. With two outs in the top of the sixth, with UA as the designated visiting team, Jenae Leles ripped her sixth homer of the season to knot the score at 1-1..

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But the Jays came back and put a two-out run on the board in the bottom of the frame. T.J. Eadus drew a walk, Michelle Graner walked, and Laura Kratochvil looped a single to center to being in Eadus with the go-ahead score.

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Creighton (14-9) second baseman Liz McKewon made a diving catch behind first to save a run in the Catsˇ? sixth. Adrienne Acton drew a two-out walk and Brittany Lastrapes looped a sinking liner for what looked to be a hit until McKewonˇ?s grab at the foul line.

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A crowd of 1,324 saw Oltman put the Cats down in order in the top of the seventh for the victory, which dropped Arizona to 15-5 on the year.

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WEEK-ENDERSˇ? The Cats improved their batting average from .310 to .326 in the five games this weekend, despite the low numbers in the finaleˇ? The 15 home runs in the tournament tied the 2001 UA clubˇ?s school mark for most in a tourneyˇ? The home run by Sinkler was only the fourth by opponents in UAˇ?s 20 games this yearˇ? Arizona outscored the opposition 56-5 in the five games, with a total of 52 hitsˇ? With one exception, Taryne Mowattˇ?s four losses in the pitching circle have one thing in common: Arizona failed to score much. The Cats put up five runs in the season opener but lost 8-5 to No. 6 Northwestern; UA lost 4-0 to Nevada; and San Diego State topped UA 7-1 in Mowatt games before tonightˇ?s affairˇ?

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4 p.m. Game: ? Cats Go Yard in Big Victory

Arizona 16, La Salle 0 (Box Score)?

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TUCSONˇ?Lindsey Sisk quietly pitched a no-hitter while Arizona noisily cranked out four more home runs to give it 13 for the weekend en route to a 16-0 victory over La Salle on Saturday afternoon.

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Sisk (7-1) helped give the UA its 13th consecutive victory. She struck out six, walked one and hit a batter. With one batter reaching base on an error she faced three over the minimum in the five-inning mercy-rule game.

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Callista Balkoˇ?s first-inning grand slam, her fourth home run in two days and eighth of the year, got Arizona going. UA batted around behind her, with a couple more runs scoring on a pair of La Salle errors.

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Laine Roth hit a three-run blast and Victoria Kemp followed with a solo shot to cap a five-run second inning, when UA also batted around.

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Kˇ?Lee Arredondo led off the UA third with a double that dropped in left field, and pinch-hitter Cyndi Duran tripled her home for a 12-0 lead.

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Arizona junior right fielder Jill Malina, largely a pinch runner on the last two NCAA championship squads, got her first career hit in the UA fifth ?C and Arredondo later slammed a grand slam for the final runs in the five-inning game.

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UA (15-4) boosted its season home run total to 38. The Explorers dropped to 3-7 in their week of play this season.

2 p.m. Game 5 - Creighton 9, La Salle 0 (Box Score)?

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TUCSONˇ?Bluejay pitcher Tara Oltman threw a one-hitter and Creighton banged out 12 hits to beat La Salle, 9-0, Saturday afternoon in Arizonaˇ?s Wildcat Invitational softball tournament.

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Oltman (8-4) was the one hit away from a five-inning perfect game. She struck out five and allowed that one ball out of the infield.

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Creighton (13-9) had a run about to score in the first after singles by Jessi Jadlowski and T.J.Eadus, but when Laura Kratochvil singled into the right side in what looked like an RBI single, it hit Eadus on the foot for the third out.

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Her next time up in the top of the third, Eadus, form Tucsonˇ?s Sahuaro High School, powered a 3-2 pitch into the seventh row in the left field stands for a two-run home run, after Jessica Wakasugiˇ?s single to give CU the lead.

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Three errors, all of the advancement type, helped Creighton tack on five runs on four hits in the top of the fourth. Mary Egan, Jadlowski and Wakasugi each had RBI singles, but the last two both scored on centerfielder Kelli Curcioˇ?s second error in the inning when she allowed Wakasugiˇ?s hit.to get past her.

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La Salle ( 3-6) got its first baserunner in the bottom of the fourth, a single to left by MaryPat Conville, snapping Oltmanˇ?s string of retiring 11 straight batters.

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Reliever Laura McCreesh took over for La Salle starter Gina Massaro after the latter gave up a hit and a walk in the fifth, but McCreesh walked a batter and gave up RBI singles to Lau Emmsley-Chang Jadkowski and Jadlowski to make it 9-0.

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