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Late Homer Downs Cats, 3-2
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/10/2007
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WACO, Texas ?- The second-ranked Arizona softball team (17-4) snapped its seven-game winning streak after a 3-2 loss at No. 14 Baylor (23-5) Saturday afternoon.

 

With the game tied 2-2 in the sixth inning, BU second baseman Alex Colyer hit a solo home run off of UA reliever Taryne Mowatt to give Baylor the lead.

 

Mowatt (11-4) entered the game with a pair of runners on in the third inning and gave up two runs on to hits and four walks in 3.2 innings pitched.

 

Wildcat freshman Sarah Akamine started in the circle, tossing 2.1 one innings of one-run, four-hit work.

 

BU scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second, but the Wildcats escaped what could have been a far worse inning for UA, as the first four Lady Bear hitters of the inning reached base safely.  Chelsi Lake started things up by reaching on hit by pitch and a pair of Brette Reagan and Kirsten Shortridge infield singles loaded the bases for BU with no outs.  Courtney Oberg plated pinch runner Miriam Romero with a single to center, giving BU a 1-0 advantage.

 

The Wildcats took the lead from Baylor with a pair of runs in the top of the third on three hits.  Laine Roth led off the frame with a single down the right-field line and moved to second on a K’Lee Arredondo sacrifice hit.  After Adrienne Acton put runners on the corners with an infield single, Caitlin Lowe drove in UA’s first run with a fielder’s choice, scoring Roth and retiring Acton.  Chelsie Mesa then gave the Wildcats the lead, and extended her hit streak to 18 games, with a run-scoring double to left.

 

The game took a dramatic turn in the bottom of the third, as the first two BU hitters reached base.  However, between the two hitters’ at-bats, two Baylor coaches ?- head coach Glenn Moore and volunteer assistant coach Jimmy Hubble ?- were ejected by umpires.  After Akamine induced BU first baseman Ashley Monceaux into a flying out to center, Friday’s hero Taryne Mowatt came to Akamine’s relief and left the two inherited runners stranded when she got Lake to line into an inning-ending double play.

 

UA squandered a scoring opportunity in the fourth inning, which was led off a Jenae Leles double.  The sophomore third baseman advanced to third on a Mowatt sac bunt, but would be stranded 60 feet away from the plate after a Callista Balko pop out and Roth strikeout.

 

In the BU half of the fifth, the Lady Bears used a pair of walks and a two-out single to tie the game 2-2.  BU’s Alex Colyer led the inning off with a walk and stole second.  Two outs later, Lake singled off the left-field wall to plate Colyer and tie the game.

 

Colyer would come back to bites the Cats again in the bottom of the sixth, as she returned the lead to Baylor with a solo home run, her fifth of the year.

 

Game Notes:

-         Baylor head coach Glenn Moore and volunteer assistant Jimmy Hubble were both ejected in the bottom of the third inning by third base umpire Kevin Davis and first base umpire Steve Campbell, respectively.

-         Chelsie Mesa’s RBI double in the third inning extended her career-long hitting streak to 18 games.  This is the longest hitting streak since Autumn Champion hit in 25 consecutive games in 2003.

-         Adrienne Acton extended her hitting streak to six games, one short of her career high.

-         The 917 fans at Getterman Stadium comprised of the 10th largest crowd in the park’s history.

-         All four of Arizona’s losses this year have come by one run and an opponent home run.

 

Up Next: Arizona seeks a series win against Baylor at noon (CDT) Sunday at Getterman Stadium.  Log on to arizonaathletics.com for free live stats.

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