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Wildcats Down Mizzou, 8-1
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/04/2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The second-ranked Arizona softball team (13-3) defeated Missouri (14-8) by an 8-1 margin at Hillenbrand Stadium on Saturday night.

 

Caitlin Lowe paced the Cats offensively, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, four RBI and a stolen base.  Lowe’s four ribbies tie a career high that she had previously achieved only once ?- on March 27, 2005 against Louisiana Lafayette.

 

Lowe’s fellow seniors Chelsie Mesa and Kristie Fox aided Lowe in leading the Wildcat offense to its eight runs.  Mesa extended a career-high hitting streak to 13 games, as she went 1-for-3 at the plate with a double, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base.  Fox batted 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

 

Taryne Mowatt (8-3) earned the victory and took a no-hitter and a shutout into the sixth inning.  She surrendered only two hits and one run, while striking out 14 Tiger batters to just three walks ?- two of which were intentional.

 

Missouri starter Megan Dennis (4-2) lasted only 1.1 innings and drew the loss, having given up six runs on three hits and three walks. 

 

Arizona staked Mowatt to an early lead with one run in the first inning, five in the second and two more runs for good measure in the sixth.

 

Lowe led off the first with an infield single and stole second.  One out later, Kristie Fox doubled her classmate home to plate the game’s first run.

 

In the second, the Wildcats loaded the bases with a hit by pitch, a walk and a fielder’s choice, bringing Lowe back up.  The three-time All-American connected with her 10th career triple, clearing the bases to bring the Wildcats to a 4-0 advantage.

 

Following three scoreless frames, Missouri got on the board in the sixth, when first baseman Amanda Renth scored pinch hitter Amy Henke on a fly-ball double down the left field line.

 

UA responded with a pair of runs in its half of the sixth when Lowe drove in Callista Balko with a sac fly and Mesa scored K’Lee Arredondo with a double to center.

 

Game Notes:

-         Caitlin Lowe’s first-inning run placed her in a tie with Laura Espinoza for ninth place on UA’s all-time runs list with 202.

-         Caitlin Lowe’s second-inning triple places her in a four-way tie for fourth place in UA history with 10 career three-baggers.

-         Caitlin Lowe notched her team-leading 10th multi-hit game of the year.  Kristie Fox had her fifth multi-hit contest.

-         Chelsie Mesa extended her career-long hitting streak to 13 games.  Other UA hitting streaks extended in the game include Kristie Fox (six games), Callista Balko (five games), Caitlin Lowe (three games) and K’Lee Arredondo (three games).

-         Kristie Fox started as the designated player for the first time in 198 career starts.

 

Up Next: Arizona will seek to complete a three-game sweep of Missouri on Sunday with an 11 a.m. game against the Tigers at Hillenbrand Stadium. 

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