Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Fox Leads No. 3 Softball over No. 14 Oregon State
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 21, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Kristie Fox was a single short of the cycle in Arizona’s, 3-1, victory over Oregon State on Friday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.


The win improves the Wildcats’ overall record to 32-9 on the year and keeps them a game ahead of ASU to lead the Conference of Champions with a 8-2 mark in league play.  The Beavers fall to 33-14 on the year and 5-4 in Pac-10 contests.


As impressive as Fox’s 3-for-3, two RBI, two run performance was, Arizona pitcher Taryne Mowatt was equally remarkable in the circle.


The Wildcat junior gave up two hits and a solo home run in the first inning, before settling down to strike out the next seven batters she faced.  Mowatt did not allow a hit and let only two Beavers on base over the final 6.1 innings of the game.  She finished with eight strikeouts to just one walk and two hits allowed.  The win brings her record to 24-7 on the year and lowers her ERA to 1.66 with an even more notable 1.23 ERA in Pac-10 games.


After OSU’s Cambria Miranda gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead in the first, the Wildcats quickly equaled their Women’s College World Series counterpart with a run of their own in the first.  Caitlin Lowe led off the game with a single, stole second and scored on Fox’s second career triple and first three bagger of 2007.


Two innings later Fox hit a towering fly ball off the top of the left field wall for a double to lead off the bottom of the third and scored in a Callista Balko single up the middle.


Fox struck again in the fifth with a one-out solo home run to give UA its third run of the contest.


The Wildcats tallied seven hits off of OSU’s Brianne McGowan (20-8) who went the distance in a losing effort. 


Up Next: Arizona will host No. 15 Oregon on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon at Hillenbrand Stadium.


Game Notes:

-         Kristie Fox came as close to hitting the cycle as any Wildcat in history, as it is believed that no UA player has ever achieved the rare hitting feat.  With only three plate appearances, she never got the chance to get the single she lacked.

-         Prior to tonight’s game Fox was 4-for-28 in Pac-10 play.

-         Although she scored, rather than drove in the game-winning run tonight, Kristie Fox got the game-winning hit against OSU at the WCWS in 2006.

-         With her first-inning strikeout of Brianne McGowan, Taryne Mowatt reached the 300-strikeout plateau for the first time in her career.

-         Kristie Fox’s home run was the 44th of her career, placing her in sole possession of the eighth spot on UA’s all-time list.

-         Caitlin Lowe stole her 37th base of the season and 144th of her career.  She is four SBs shy of Alison McCutcheon’s school record of 148 stolen bases.