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Balko?s Bat, Mowatt?s Arm Push No. 4 Arizona Past No. 12 Stanford, 4-1
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 14, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Callista Balko’s four two-out RBI paced No. 4 Arizona to a, 4-1, victory over No. 12 Stanford on Friday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.


The win upped Arizona’s overall record to 29-8 on the year and a league-leading 5-1 mark in Pac-10 play.  Stanford drops to 27-10 overall and 3-4 in conference.


Arizona pitcher Taryne Mowatt (22-7) earned her career-high 22nd victory of the year, as she struck out 11 Cardinal hitters to just five hits and four walks.


Stanford pitcher Missy Penna (20-4) went the distance in a losing cause, giving up four runs on six hits.


Arizona got off to a quick start in the first with a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead.  Caitlin Lowe led off with a single, followed by a Chelsie Mesa hit by pitch.  Two outs later, Balko singled up the middle to plate the two Wildcat seniors. 


After a scoreless second, Balko struck again.  This time, she broke out of a 13-game homerless streak with a two-run bomb to left field.  Her eighth home run of the year, Balko’s blast doubled UA’s lead to 4-0. 


In the top of the fifth, Stanford snapped Mowatt’s streak of 21 consecutive scoreless innings with a solo home run.  Cardinal catcher Rosey Neill led off the frame with her sixth home run of the year.


In the sixth, the Cardinal mounted a two-out rally to load the bases to bring the go-ahead run to the plate, but Mowatt squelched the threat before it produced any runs.  Mowatt began the inning by issuing a four-pitch walk before retiring the next two hitters.  However, a Maddy Coon single and a walk to Neill loaded the bases for Mowatt’s pitching counterpart Missy Penna who had previously struck out and singled.  Mowatt would get the better of this battle, as she punched out Penna to end inning unscathed.


Stanford would not go down quietly, loading the bases yet again in the seventh inning.  Once again Mowatt ended the inning without allowing a run, preserving the 4-1 victory.


Game Notes:

-         Callista Balko’s third-inning home run was her first in 13 games, dating back to March 15 against NC State.

-         Callista Balko’s four RBI are more one more than the three RBI she had in the last 22 games, dating back to a March 2 contest against Missouri.

-         Callista Balko entered the game with six two-out RBI on the season and had four in the contest.

-         Taryne Mowatt’s streak of 21 scoreless innings was snapped in the top of the fifth inning.  Her career high consecutive scoreless innings was a run of 23 frames in 2006.

-         Three Arizona batters were hit by pitches; a first in 2007.  Arizona had three hit batters on three occasions in 2006.


Up Next: Arizona will take on California at Hillenbrand Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m.