FULLERTON, Calif. ?- After suffering its first loss of the season against Texas on Thursday, the No. 1 Arizona softball team bounced back with a 6-0 shutout over No. 22 Florida State on Friday at the Kia Klassic.
Freshman pitcher Taryne Mowatt pitched a seven-inning, one-hit game, striking out 12 to earn her seventh win this season. Mowatt is Arizona’s ERA leader with a 0.31 mark, and has struck out 65 on the season.
Arizona put three runs on the board in the bottom of the third when senior Allyson Von Liechtenstein led off with a walk. Caitlin Lowe and Autumn Champion hit back-to-back singles to load the bases, and Kristie Fox doubled to drive in a pair of runs. With two on, senior Jackie Coburn hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Champion and giving the Cats a three-run edge.
With one on and one out in the fourth, Champion singled, her second hit in as many innings. Fox singled in Lowe from second to put Arizona up, 4-0. Coburn drew a walk to load the bases, and with two out, junior Shelly Schultz grounded out to second, scoring Champion from third.
Courtney Fossatti led off the fifth with a single and moved to second off a groundout by senior Crystal Farley. Von Liechtenstein singled and Fossatti went to third, then scored on an error by Seminoles pitcher Casey Hunter.
Florida State’s lone hit came in the fifth, when right fielder Lashaun Davis singled to left with two out and no one on.
Arizona will continue play at the Kia Klassic on Saturday, when the Cats take on No. 8 Oklahoma at 9 a.m. PST in the championship bracket.