Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 6 Cats Beat No. 9 Sun Devils, 1-0, Again
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 08, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona junior Taryne Mowatt (21-7) continued her domination of Arizona State with a two-hit shutout of the ninth-ranked Sun Devils on Saturday night, in UA’s second consecutive 1-0 victory over its in-state rival.


The victory keeps sixth-ranked Arizona (28-8, 4-1 Pac-10) atop the Pac-10 and drops Arizona State to 36-10 on the year and 2-3 in conference games.


In three career games against ASU, Mowatt has not allowed any runs and has given up just five hits in 21 innings pitched.  Mowatt struck out 10 Sun Devils and did not allow a walk, and totaled 21 strikeouts in the two games against just one walk.  Additionally, she pitched to just three batters over the minimum over the two contests.


Mowatt’s work in the circle just edged her counterpart Katie Burkhart (18-8) who was the tough-luck loser for the second consecutive day, drawing another one-run loss off of an unearned run.  However, Burkhart’s fielding played a role in UA’s second-inning score that proved to be the difference.


Locked in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second, UA catcher Callista Balko led off the frame with a walk.  After advancing to second on a passed ball, designated player Sarah Akamine failed to advance Balko as she grounded out to short.  Next, first baseman Sam Banister laid down a sacrifice bunt back to Burkhart, whose throw to first went wild and placed runners at first and third with just one out for UA.  Left fielder K’Lee Arredondo followed with a chopper to first, with which ASU first baseman Ashley Muenz unsuccessfully tried to cut Balko down at the plate.  Balko’s run would be the only one for either team in the contest.


Wildcat center fielder Caitlin Lowe had her second multi-hit game of the weekend and 18th of the year, as she went 2-for-3 on the night.  Jenae Leles and Balko’s sixth-inning singles were UA’s only other base knocks of the night.


Game Notes:

-         Paid attendance was 2,540; the 18th largest crowd in Hillenbrand Stadium history.

-         Tonight’s game was televised live on ESPN2.  It was the second of four Arizona games slated to be televised this year.

-         Arizona improved its record to 26-0 against Arizona State at Hillenbrand Stadium.


Up Next: Arizona will play the second of its three-week homestand, when Stanford and Cal will visit Hillenbrand Stadium.  UA will take on Stanford on Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m., before facing the Golden Bears on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.