Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Mowatt Throws Perfect Game, Frosh Hit Three Bombs
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 18, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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FULLERTON, Calif. ?- The No. 1 Arizona softball team (25-2) defeated Cal State Northridge (11-8), 9-0, in five innings in the pool play finale of the Judi Garman Classic.  With the win, UA advances to the Championship Bracket against No. 6 Alabama.


Taryne Mowatt (12-1) tossed her first career perfect game and second consecutive no-hitter.  Additionally, Mowatt’s effort was her fourth shutout in five outings.  Mowatt dominated the Matador hitters, striking out 13 of the 15 opposing batters she faced.  Matador starter Sam Schroeder (7-5) drew the loss.


Leading off the second inning, freshman Jenae Leles put the first run on the board with a solo home run to left field, her fourth of the year.  After the homer, freshman Laine Roth doubled to right field, extending her hitting streak to 11 games.  Then, Sam Banister laid down a bunt, but Roth was cut down at third.  Three batters later, with runners at first and second, Caitlin Lowe singled to left, loading the bases.  UA scored its second run of the game when CSUN catcher Jan Moshier threw behind Callista Balko at second base.  The throw skipped off second baseman Micah Putnam’s glove, allowing Banister to score from third.


With a, 2-0, lead in the third inning, the Wildcat freshmen powered three more runs across.  With two out, Leles singled through the left side and Roth smacked her fifth home run of the season over the left field wall.  Another freshman, Banister, followed Roth’s bomb with a round-tripper of her own.  Banister’s blast to left-center was her fifth of the season and increased UA’s lead to 5-0.


Then, the non-freshmen Wildcats partook in some scoring, as well.  Callista Balko laced a single down the left field line, and fellow sophomore Adrienne Acton reached on an infield single.  With two runners on, Caitlin Lowe lined a triple to left-center field, knocking CSUN’s Schroeder out of the game with a 7-0 margin.


The Wildcats kept up the scoring in the fourth, as Leles and Roth both drew walks and advanced to second and third, respectively, off of a Banister ground out.  With runners at second and third, Balko hit a two-run, full count single to center, bringing UA’s lead to 9-0.


Up next: Arizona next plays No. 6 Alabama immediately following the conclusion of this game.  The match-up is a quarterfinal contest in the Championship Bracket of the Judi Garman Classic.  With win over the Tide, the Wildcats would face the winner of the Texas-Notre Dame game at 8:30 a.m. (PST) on Sunday.


Game Notes:

-         Caitlin Lowe extended her team-leading 14-game hit streak.  That mark is the longest for any UA player this season.  The streak ties Lowe’s season-high from a year ago. 

-         Caitlin Lowe now has 19 multi-hit games.

-         Caitlin Lowe’s third-inning triple was the fourth of the season.  That total ties her 2005 mark, and places her in a four-way tie for seventh place on UA’s career triples list.

-         Laine Roth extended her hitting streak to 11 games.

-         Sam Banister stole her first career base in the second inning.

-         Taryne Mowatt has given up only one run in her last five            starts.  In that time, she has not given up any walks.

-         This was UA’s third three home run game of the year.