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Mowatt Homers, One-Hits No. 14 Baylor
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/10/2007
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WACO, Texas ?- The second-ranked Arizona softball team rode the bat and arm of pitcher Taryne Mowatt to a 3-0 victory over No. 14 Baylor on Friday night at Getterman Stadium.

 

Mowatt (11-3) had what was arguably her best outing of the year, allowing only one hit and one walk in seven innings of shutout work.  She struck out 15 of the 23 Lady Bear hitters she faced and allowed only one BU runner to reach scoring position.

 

The shutout was Mowatt’s third on the year and 15th of her career.  Perhaps more impressive, tonight’s game marks the first time the Baylor offense has been shutout in 62 games, dating back to March 21, 2006.

 

The Wildcat offense dealt BU freshman Kirsten Shortridge (8-1) her first career loss and touched her up for three runs on five hits and five walks.  For the first time since its 2006 season opener ?- a stretch of 84 games ?- no Wildcat hitter struck out.

 

Arizona got on the board with a pair of runs in the first inning off of three hits and a pair of walks.  Caitlin Lowe led off the game with a bunt single and moved to second on a Chelsie Mesa single to right.  One out later, Jenae Leles fell behind in the count 0-2, but battled back to draw a base on balls to load the bases.  Mowatt then helped her own cause with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Lowe and advancing Mesa to third.  After Callista Balko walked to fill the sacks again for the Cats, Sam Banister drove Mesa home with a single to left for UA’s second run of the game.

 

In the circle, Mowatt set the tone early, as she struck out the side in the Baylor half of the first inning.

 

In the second, the Wildcats would load the bases in the second inning with an Adrienne Acton single and a pair of walks, but failed to push any runners across the plate ?- leaving the score 2-0 in favor of the Wildcats.

 

Mowatt kept the Lady Bear offense without a hit through three and two-thirds innings and struck out eight BU batters prior to giving up a hit.  With two outs in the Baylor half of the fourth inning, Tucsonan Ashley Monceaux broke up the potential no-no with a single up the middle.

 

With one out in the fifth, Mowatt went deep for her first home run of the year and second RBI on the evening.  The solo shot to left padded the UA lead to a three-run margin.

 

After surrendering a hit in the fourth, Mowatt continued to mow down the Lady Bear hitters and retired 10 of the final 11 batters she faced.

 

Game Notes:

-         Chelsie Mesa’s first-inning single extended her career-long hitting streak to 17 games.  This is the longest hitting streak since Autumn Champion hit in 25 consecutive games in 2003.

-         Arizona head coach Mike Candrea collected his 1,098 career victory.

-         The Wildcats improved to 4-2 against ranked opponents this season.

-         Taryne Mowatt registered double-digit strikeouts for the ninth time in 13 starts this season.

-         Arizona batters had no strikeouts for the first time in 84 games, dating back to its 2006 season opener against Cal State Northridge.

-         Tonight’s game was Baylor’s first home loss on the year, making the Lady Bears 15-1 at Getterman Stadium.

 

Up Next: Arizona will play the second of three games in its series with Baylor, as the Wildcats will face the Lady Bears on Saturday at 2 p.m. (CST) at BU’s Getterman Stadium.

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