Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Fall to Walk-off Hit
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 11, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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WACO, Texas ?- The second-ranked Arizona (17-5) softball team lost to No. 14 Baylor (24-5) by a 3-2 margin for the second consecutive day at BU’s Getterman Stadium on Sunday.


Pitcher Taryne Mowatt (11-5) was charged with the loss, as she scattered nine hits and three walks while giving up three runs in 6.2 innings pitched.  Baylor pitcher Lisa Ferguson (10-3) limited the Wildcat offense to one earned run on four hits and two walks.


Arizona put pressure on Ferguson and the BU defense early, tallying a pair of runs in the top of the first.  Chelsie Mesa led off the afternoon with an infield single to extend her hit streak to 19 games.  One out and two Wildcat walks later, Sam Banister hit a groundball that BU second baseman Alex Colyer mishandled allowing two runs ?- one earned and one unearned ?- to score.  However, those would be UA’s only runs of the afternoon.


The Lady Bears cut the two-run deficit in half, as Tiffany Wesley personally manufactured a run.  The left fielder led off with an infield single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third and then scored on a sacrifice fly.


Mowatt pitched her way out of a jam in the fourth inning, in which, Baylor stranded runners on the corners.  Mowatt surrendered a leadoff walk to Ashley Monceaux and retired the next two batters, but not before Monceaux advanced to second on a groundball and to third on a Colyer single. Mowatt then settled down and ended the threat with a strikeout of Courtney Oberg.


The score held firm 2-1 in favor of Arizona until to fifth, when Baylor used a two-out rally to score the game-tying run.  Tiffany Wesley ignited the rally with a single to short ?- her second base knock of the game.  Tiffany’s sister Nicole Wesley followed by dribbling a single to first base, giving BU a pair of runners with two out.  Monceaux then lined a single to center, scoring Tiffany on a bang-bang play at the plate to tie the game.


With one out in the seventh and the Lady Bear defense set up for her to slap, Adrienne Acton swung away and came away with her second career triple.  With Acton on third, Mesa stung a line drive at Colyer, who used every inch of her 5-foot-6 frame to leap up and snag the hard-hit ball.  Arredondo battled and fouled off a few pitches before succumbing to an inning-ending pop out to short.


In Baylor’s half of the seventh, another two-out rally would come back to haunt UA.  Nicole Wesley catalyzed the Lady Bear effort with a bloop single down the right field line and stole second.  After Monceaux drew a walk, catcher Chelsi Lake singled to deep left field, plating Wesley.


Game Notes:

-         Chelsie Mesa’s single to lead off the game extended her career-long hitting streak to 19 games.  This is the longest hitting streak since Autumn Champion hit in 25 consecutive games in 2003.

-         Adrienne Acton’s bunt single in the second inning pushed her hit streak forward to tie a career-long seven games.

-         Sunday’s crowd 945 was the eighth-largest crowd in Getterman Stadium history and was the second top-10 crowd of the weekend.


Up Next: Arizona heads to Fullerton, Calif., for the Judi Garman Classic, beginning on Thursday, March 15 against North Carolina State.