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20070304 Wildcats Down Mizzou, 8-1
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Release: 03/04/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">TUCSON</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </B>The second-ranked <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> softball team (13-3) defeated <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Missouri</st1:place></st1:State> (14-8) by an 8-1 margin at Hillenbrand Stadium on Saturday night.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Caitlin Lowe paced the Cats offensively, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, four RBI and a stolen base.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe&rsquo;s four ribbies tie a career high that she had previously achieved only once ? on March 27, 2005 against Louisiana Lafayette.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Lowe&rsquo;s fellow seniors Chelsie Mesa and Kristie Fox aided Lowe in leading the Wildcat offense to its eight runs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> 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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fox batted 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Taryne Mowatt (8-3) earned the victory and took a no-hitter and a shutout into the sixth inning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She surrendered only two hits and one run, while striking out 14 Tiger batters to just three walks ? two of which were intentional.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Missouri</st1:place></st1:State> 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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 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.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Lowe led off the first with an infield single and stole second.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>One out later, Kristie Fox doubled her classmate home to plate the game&rsquo;s first run.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the second, the Wildcats loaded the bases with a hit by pitch, a walk and a fielder&rsquo;s choice, bringing Lowe back up.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The three-time All-American connected with her 10<SUP>th</SUP> career triple, clearing the bases to bring the Wildcats to a 4-0 advantage.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Following three scoreless frames, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Missouri</st1:place></st1:State> 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.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UA responded with a pair of runs in its half of the sixth when Lowe drove in Callista Balko with a sac fly and <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> scored K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo with a double to center.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Game Notes: <o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Caitlin Lowe&rsquo;s first-inning run placed her in a tie with Laura Espinoza for ninth place on UA&rsquo;s all-time runs list with 202.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Caitlin Lowe&rsquo;s second-inning triple places her in a four-way tie for fourth place in UA history with 10 career three-baggers.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Caitlin Lowe notched her team-leading 10<SUP>th</SUP> multi-hit game of the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Kristie Fox had her fifth multi-hit contest.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Chelsie Mesa extended her career-long hitting streak to 13 games. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Other UA hitting streaks extended in the game include Kristie Fox (six games), Callista Balko (five games), Caitlin Lowe (three games) and K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo (three games).</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Kristie Fox started as the designated player for the first time in 198 career starts.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Up Next: </B><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> will seek to complete a three-game sweep of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Missouri</st1:State></st1:place> on Sunday with an 11 a.m. game against the Tigers at Hillenbrand Stadium.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P>
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