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