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No. 2 Arizona Softball Shuts Out No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/25/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- No. 2 Arizona (27-3) defeated No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette (23-4), 5-0, in the first contest in a three-game set at Hillenbrand Stadium on Friday.

 

Taryne Mowatt (13-2) earned her eighth shutout of the year, as she struck out 12 batters and allowed only three base runners.  UL’s Krystal Lewellan (13-3) threw six innings and drew her third loss of the year.

 

Mowatt walked the second UL batter of the game, but proceeded to retire the next 10 Ragin’ Cajuns before allowing her first hit.

 

Five different players; Chelsie Mesa, Kristie Fox, Jenae Leles, Laine Roth and Jill Malina scored runs for UA, while Fox (1), Leles (1) and Sam Banister (2) drove in the runs for the Wildcats.

 

The Wildcats got board in the first inning, as Fox doubled Mesa around for the game’s first run.  Then, with her first start as a clean-up hitter, Leles singled to right, scoring Fox for the game’s second run. 

 

UA got at least one runner on base in each of the next four innings, but did not scratch another run across until the bottom of the fifth.  Arizona put together an error-driven, two-out rally that netted UA three unearned runs.  Two of those runs came on a Banister double that banged off the right field wall.

 

Up next: Arizona takes on Louisiana-Lafayette in the second of a three-game set tomorrow at 7 p.m. (MST) at Hillenbrand Stadium.  Live audio from KCUB 1290 AM will be available, as Brian Jefferies will call the action.  All-Access subscribers can watch a live webcast, as all three games this weekend will be available on ArizonaAthletics.com.

 

Game Notes:

-         Arizona ended the top of the first inning with its second groundball double play turned since May 14, 2004.  The most recent GDP was turned against New Mexico on Feb. 12, 2006.

-         Freshman Jill Malina got her first career start.  With Caitlin Lowe sidelined, Adrienne Acton moved to centerfield and Malina to right.  Malina, however, did not bat.

-         Caitlin Lowe, who is out with an injury to her left hand, missed the first game of her career.  She had started each of UA’s last 147 games.

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