20070414 Balko?s Bat, Mowatt?s Arm Push No. 4 Arizona Past No. 12 Stanford, 4-1 - The University of Arizona Official Athletic Site
 
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20070414 Balko?s Bat, Mowatt?s Arm Push No. 4 Arizona Past No. 12 Stanford, 4-1
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Release: 04/14/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">TUCSON</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></B></st1:place><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> ? </B>Callista Balko&rsquo;s four two-out RBI paced No. 4 Arizona to a, 4-1, victory over No. 12 Stanford on Friday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The win upped <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s overall record to 29-8 on the year and a league-leading 5-1 mark in Pac-10 play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Stanford drops to 27-10 overall and 3-4 in conference.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> pitcher Taryne Mowatt (22-7) earned her career-high 22<SUP>nd</SUP> victory of the year, as she struck out 11 Cardinal hitters to just five hits and four walks.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Stanford pitcher Missy Penna (20-4) went the distance in a losing cause, giving up four runs on six hits.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> got off to a quick start in the first with a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Caitlin Lowe led off with a single, followed by a Chelsie Mesa hit by pitch.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Two outs later, Balko singled up the middle to plate the two Wildcat seniors.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">After a scoreless second, Balko struck again.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This time, she broke out of a 13-game homerless streak with a two-run bomb to left field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Her eighth home run of the year, Balko&rsquo;s blast doubled UA&rsquo;s lead to 4-0.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the top of the fifth, Stanford snapped Mowatt&rsquo;s streak of 21 consecutive scoreless innings with a solo home run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Cardinal catcher Rosey Neill led off the frame with her sixth home run of the year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt began the inning by issuing a four-pitch walk before retiring the next two hitters.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, a Maddy Coon single and a walk to Neill loaded the bases for Mowatt&rsquo;s pitching counterpart Missy Penna who had previously struck out and singled.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt would get the better of this battle, as she punched out Penna to end inning unscathed. </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Stanford would not go down quietly, loading the bases yet again in the seventh inning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Once again Mowatt ended the inning without allowing a run, preserving the 4-1 victory.</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>Callista Balko&rsquo;s third-inning home run was her first in 13 games, dating back to March 15 against NC State.</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>Callista Balko&rsquo;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 <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Missouri</st1:State></st1:place>.</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>Callista Balko entered the game with six two-out RBI on the season and had four in the contest.</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>Taryne Mowatt&rsquo;s streak of 21 scoreless innings was snapped in the top of the fifth inning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Her career high consecutive scoreless innings was a run of 23 frames in 2006.</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>Three <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> batters were hit by pitches; a first in 2007.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> had three hit batters on three occasions in 2006.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align=left><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Up Next: </B><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> will take on <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State></st1:place> at Hillenbrand Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m.</P>
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