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Softball Wins 10th Pac-10 Title
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/07/2007
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CORVALLIS, Ore. ?- The fifth-ranked Arizona softball team clinched its 10th Pac-10 title in program history with a 2-0 victory at No. 16 Oregon State on Sunday.

 

The conference title marks the sixth time that Arizona has followed one of its seven national championships with a Pac-10 title.  This is Arizona’s fourth conference crown in the last five years and third for UA seniors Caitlin Lowe and Kristie Fox.

 

The victory improved Arizona’s overall record to 38-10-1 and a 14-3-1 mark in Pac-10 play.

 

Arizona pitcher Taryne Mowatt (30-8) tossed her 12th complete-game shutout of the year en route to her 30th win of the season.

 

The junior from Corona, Calif., allowed two hits and struck out eight Beaver hitters in seven innings of scoreless work.

 

On Sunday, Chelsie Mesa led the Wildcats’ offense with both RBI in a 2-for-4 day at the plate with her seventh home run of the year.

 

The game’s first run came in the third inning, when Mesa lined her second home run of the weekend over the right field fence to give the Wildcats a lead.

 

Mowatt took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, when Sherina Galvan singled to break up her run of hitless innings.

 

Arizona’s one-run lead held constant until the Wildcats tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh.  Caitlin Lowe reached with a two-out single and advanced to second on a throwing error.  Mesa followed with a sharply hit single past OSU first baseman DeAnn Young, to drive Lowe around for Arizona’s second run.

 

Game Notes:

-         Taryne Mowatt’s 30 wins mark the 17th time an Arizona pitcher has reached that plateau.

-         Arizona hit five home runs in its three games after having just eight homers in Pac-10 play coming into the weekend.

 

Up Next: The Wildcats return home for their final homestand of the season, as Arizona will host UCLA at 7 p.m, on Thursday, before hosting Washington  at 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.  Arizona will honor seniors Kristie Fox, Caitlin Lowe and Chelsie Mesa as part of Saturday’s Senior Day festivities.

 

Please note that the 1 p.m. start time is a change from the original schedule.  All three games can be heard live on the Wildcat Radio Network.

 

Previous Pac-10 titles and finish in NCAA Tournament

1992

Lost in title game

1994

NCAA Champions

1995

Lost in title game

1997

NCA Champions

1998

Lost in title game

2001

NCAA Champions

2003

Tied for third in WCWS

2004

Lost in regional

2005

Tied for fifth in WCWS

2007

????

 

Pac-10 Standings

Arizona

14-3-1

38-10-1

Arizona State

11-7

47-14

Washington

11-7

34-14

UCLA

10-8

34-15

Stanford

7-10-1

32-16-1

Oregon State

7-11

36-21

California

6-12

32-28

Oregon

5-13

40-16

 

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