The Pac-10 also took note of Mowatt’s dominance in the circle, as it tabbed her its Pitcher of the Week.
In Friday’s 1-0 Arizona victory, Mowatt tossed a no-hitter, her second of the season and fourth of her career. She took a perfect game into the sixth inning, when it was broken up by an Arizona throwing error. The only additional baserunner Mowatt would allow was a seventh-inning walk. She struck out 11 Sun Devils in the contest.
In Saturday’s outing, which aired live to a national television audience on ESPN2, Mowatt backed up Friday’s gem with a two-hit shutout in which she walked none and struck out 10 in another 1-0 UA win. Mowatt’s string of 10 hitless innings was finally broken in the 4th inning on Saturday, but no damage was done and Mowatt surrendered just one single the rest of the way in picking up her Pac-10-leading 21st win of the season.
For the week, Mowatt pitched 14 innings of shutout softball, allowing just the two hits and one walk, and striking out 21. She held ASU to a .045 batting average when it came into the series hitting .306.
Mowatt, a native of Corona, Calif., has pitched every inning of the Wildcats’ five Pac-10 games, and is second in Conference play with an ERA of 0.82, while holding Pac-10 opponents to a conference-low .104 batting average average.
The Wildcats (28-8, 4-1 Pac-10) moved up to No. 4 in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25. They play host to No. 12 Stanford on Friday, and California on Saturday and Sunday this week.
This is Mowatt’s first USA Softball Player of the Week and fifth career Pac-10 weekly honor, tying her for third-most among active players.
Mowatt shared the USA Softball honor with