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20070512 Softball Falls to Washington, 5-1
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Release: 05/12/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1: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>The third-ranked <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> softball team dropped a 5-1 decision to No. 11 Washington 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">Chelsie Mesa had four of UA&rsquo;s five hits in her second career four-hit game and the first for any UA player this year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The loss <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> dropped to 38-12-1 overall and 14-5-1 in Pac-10 games, while <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> improved to 35-15 on the year and 12-8 in conference contests.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Taryne Mowatt (30-10) drew the loss having given up two runs in 2.1 innings of work.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s Danielle Lawrie (24-9) allowed three hits in a complete-game effort.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> got on the board with Lawrie&rsquo;s eighth home run of the year ? a solo shot in the second inning ? for the game&rsquo;s first run.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The very next inning, Washington loaded the bases with a single and a pair of walks and used a third walk to force in its second run of the contest to take a 2-0 lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following the run, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> head coach Mike Candrea called on Sarah Akamine to relieve Mowatt.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The freshman hurler induced a fielder&rsquo;s choice and a lineout to get out of the inning without any further damage.</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> squandered a bases-loaded opportunity of its own in the bottom of the third after Chelsie Mesa tripled, Kristie Fox was intentionally walked and Jenae Leles was hit by a pitch.<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">The Wildcats finally came through in the fifth inning when <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Mesa</st1:City></st1:place> lined her eighth home run of the year over the right field fence to cut the deficit in half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fox drew a one-out walk, but a pair of UA strikeouts ended the threat with the Wildcats trailing the Huskies 2-1.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">After two scoreless frames, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> got three insurance runs as part of a two-out rally.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Akamine retired the first two Husky hitters before allowing a pair of singles to set the table for Ashley Charters.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> shortstop hit a towering home run that just cleared the right field wall to give UW a 5-1 advantage.</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:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> will conclude its regular season on Saturday with a 1 p.m. date against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following the game, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will honor its three seniors ? Kristie Fox, Caitlin Lowe and Chelsie Mesa ? as part of its Senior Day festivities.</P>
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