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20070407 Mowatt No-Hits ASU, Cats Win in Walk-off Fashion
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Release: 04/07/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">TUCSON</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></B></st1:place><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> ? </B>Kristie Fox drove in Jill Malina in the bottom of the seventh to give No. 6 Arizona (27-8, 3-1 Pac-10) a 1-0 walk-off victory over No. 9 Arizona State (36-9, 2-2) to seal Taryne Mowatt&rsquo;s (20-7) fourth career no-hitter.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats had their chances against the Sun Devils, loading the bases twice in the game, but Fox&rsquo;s base knock to left off ASU starter Katie Burkhart (18-7) was the game&rsquo;s first and only run.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Mowatt earned her first career Pac-10 no-hitter, after hurling no-nos against UNLV and Cal State Northridge in 2006 and one against Texas Tech earlier this year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The junior threw to just two batters over the minimum, as she struck out 11 Sun Devils to just one walk. <TABLE height=148 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=231 align=right border=1> <P> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics11/200/FU/FUSPVDBXMQAOVHK.20070407025347.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=1>The 13th largest crowd in Hillenbrand Stadium history, 2,729 fans.</FONT></TD></TR></P></TABLE></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Mowatt&rsquo;s counterpart Burkhart was equally impressive, striking out 12 Wildcats and allowing no earned runs in six and two-thirds innings of work.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UA compiled five hits to ASU&rsquo;s zero, led by Caitlin Lowe&rsquo;s two-hit, two-stolen base performance.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, Lowe reached base twice by way of two of ASU&rsquo;s three fielding errors.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">However, it was Fox&rsquo;s run-scoring single that marked her third consecutive game-winning hit for UA and sixth of the year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Sun Devils evaded a major threat in the bottom of the first, in which UA loaded the bases with no outs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe led off with a single, followed by an illegal pitch, a walk and a hit batter.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Jenae Leles then grounded into a double play that cut Lowe down at the plate and Leles en route to first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Burkhart then struck out Callista Balko to end the inning.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats loaded the bases again in the bottom of the fifth, with an Adrienne Acton single, a Sun Devil error and an intentional pass to Fox.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Once again, Burkhart closed the frame by inducing a UA strikeout.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Taryne Mowatt took a perfect game into the sixth inning, but lost it when she threw a come-backer past first baseman Sam Banister for a two-base error to lead off the frame.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, Mowatt retired the next three batters via a foul pop up, a strikeout and a groundout. </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Game Notes:<o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Paid attendance was 2,729; the 13<SUP>th</SUP> largest crowd in Hillenbrand Stadium history.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, the figure is the largest since Team <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">USA</st1:country-region></st1:place> faced the Wildcats in an exhibition game on March 26, 2004 </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>The intentional walk to Kristie Fox in the fifth inning was the first ASU has issued all year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>This is the first Pac-10 no-hitter for <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> since Alicia Hollowell held <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State> scoreless in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Seattle</st1:place></st1:City> on April 30, 2006.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Up Next: </B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> will look to take the season series from ASU on Saturday night with a 7 p.m. dated slated as Rivalry Red-Out. The contest will be televised live on ESPN2.</P> <P> </P>
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