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20070331 Cats Down Dawgs, 6-0, in Pac-10 Opener
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Release: 03/31/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">SEATTLE</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Wash.</st1:State> ? </B>The fifth-ranked <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> softball earned a convincing Pac-10 victory in its first league game of 2007, defeating No. 16 Washington 6-0 in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Seattle</st1:place></st1:City> on Friday.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify">The Wildcats improve to 25-7 on the year, while the Huskies drop to 22-8 after what was the first Pac-10 contest for both squads.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify">Taryne Mowatt turned in one of her finest pitching performances, as she shutout a Husky offense that had been held scoreless only once this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The junior hurler gave up just four hits and two walks, while striking out nine hitters in the complete-game effort.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UW&rsquo;s Danielle Lawrie (13-4) drew the loss, tossing 4.1 innings and giving up four runs.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify">Along with some timely hitting, the Wildcats took advantage of six walks, a hit by pitch and a Husky fielding error to score their six runs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats got on the board with a pair of runs thanks to their All-American seniors.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Caitlin Lowe&rsquo;s grounded a ball back to the circle and used her speed to force a throwing error out of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> pitcher Danielle Lawrie.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After Lowe stole second and Lawrie retired Chelsie Mesa, Kristie Fox lined her ninth home run of the year down the left field line to stake the Wildcats to an early 2-0 lead.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Huskies showed patience at the plate, using two walks sandwiched between a bleeder of a single to load the bases with just one out in the bottom of the first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt worked out of the jam, inducing catcher Alicia Matthews into a foul pop-up and a strikeout of pitching counterpart Lawrie to end the threat.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UA kept the pressure on in the second, loading the bases for the top of the order with just one out.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After Callista Balko led off with a strikeout, Laine Roth walked and K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo and Adrienne Acton both singled to fill the bags for Lowe.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcat center fielder drew a walk to force Roth home and knock Lawrie out of the circle for designated player Caitlin Noble.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The relief pitcher inherited three runners and retired two of the three batters, but a passed ball and a hit by pitch allowed a run to score and increased the UA lead to 4-0.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Following a scoreless third inning, the Wildcats tacked on a pair of additional runs in the fourth.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With two outs, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City>, Fox and Sarah Akamine drew three consecutive walks to load the bases for Jenae Leles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcat third baseman battled to work the count full before lining a single to left field, plating <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> and Fox for UA&rsquo;s fifth and sixth runs of the contest.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Game Notes: <o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Kristie Fox&rsquo;s first-inning homer gave her sole possession of ninth place on UA&rsquo;s career home run list with 42 homers. </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Up Next: </B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> continues its opening weekend of conference play with a pair of games at No. 14 UCLA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Bruins have announced that both Saturday and Sunday games at Easton Stadium are sold out.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Saturday&rsquo;s contest will be televised on various FSN stations around the country via tape delay on Sunday, including on FSN Arizona Sunday at 2 p.m.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fans can check local listings for air times in their respective market.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P>
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