Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Softball Falls to Washington, 5-1
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 12, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The third-ranked Arizona softball team dropped a 5-1 decision to No. 11 Washington on Friday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.


Chelsie Mesa had four of UA’s five hits in her second career four-hit game and the first for any UA player this year.


The loss Arizona dropped to 38-12-1 overall and 14-5-1 in Pac-10 games, while Washington improved to 35-15 on the year and 12-8 in conference contests.


Taryne Mowatt (30-10) drew the loss having given up two runs in 2.1 innings of work.  Washington’s Danielle Lawrie (24-9) allowed three hits in a complete-game effort.


Washington got on the board with Lawrie’s eighth home run of the year ?- a solo shot in the second inning ?- for the game’s first run.


The very next inning, Washington loaded the bases with a single and a pair of walks and used a third walk to force in its second run of the contest to take a 2-0 lead.  Following the run, Arizona head coach Mike Candrea called on Sarah Akamine to relieve Mowatt.  The freshman hurler induced a fielder’s choice and a lineout to get out of the inning without any further damage.


Arizona squandered a bases-loaded opportunity of its own in the bottom of the third after Chelsie Mesa tripled, Kristie Fox was intentionally walked and Jenae Leles was hit by a pitch. 


The Wildcats finally came through in the fifth inning when Mesa lined her eighth home run of the year over the right field fence to cut the deficit in half.  Fox drew a one-out walk, but a pair of UA strikeouts ended the threat with the Wildcats trailing the Huskies 2-1.


After two scoreless frames, Washington got three insurance runs as part of a two-out rally.  Akamine retired the first two Husky hitters before allowing a pair of singles to set the table for Ashley Charters.  The Washington shortstop hit a towering home run that just cleared the right field wall to give UW a 5-1 advantage.


Up Next: Arizona will conclude its regular season on Saturday with a 1 p.m. date against Washington.  Following the game, Arizona will honor its three seniors ?- Kristie Fox, Caitlin Lowe and Chelsie Mesa ?- as part of its Senior Day festivities.