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20070211 Arizona Splits Final Day of Kajikawa
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Release: 02/11/2007
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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">TEMPE</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </B>The top-ranked <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> softball team (4-2) concluded play at the Kajikawa Classic with a 4-1 win over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Wisconsin</st1:State></st1:place> and a walk-off 3-2 defeat versus No. 13 Texas A&amp;M.</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; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Arizona</B></st1:place></st1:State><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> Scratches Out 4-1 Win over Badgers<o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Junior pitcher Taryne Mowatt (2-1) tossed a gem, as she struck out 11 UW hitters and allowed three hits and one walk in a complete-game effort.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Chelsie Mesa led off with a line-drive single to short and advanced to second on a Laine Roth sacrifice bunt.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Then, Callista Balko broke the scoreless tie with her first home run of year, a two-run shot to right-center field.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Caitlin Lowe led off the third with a single just past the pitching circle, and with a stolen base and a wild pitch quickly found herself standing on third base.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo drew a walk and stole second to put a pair of runners in scoring position for the Wildcats, but a groundout, strikeout and flyout ended the really without any runs scored.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats scored two much-needed insurance runs in the sixth, as Sarah Akamine pounded a two-out, RBI pinch hit into left field for a single.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe followed with a run-scoring double to left-center field, plating Cyndi Duran who had reentered the game in place of Akamine.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Badgers put up a fight in their half of the sixth inning, as they drew a pair of hit-by-pitches and a fielder&rsquo;s choice to load the bases, but Mowatt squelched any thought of a comeback win with an inning-ending strikeout.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Walk-Off Bites Cats Again<o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify">For the second straight day, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> fell victim to a walk-off home run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No. 13 Texas A&amp;M used a two-run shot to overtake UA&rsquo;s one-run advantage for a 3-2 final.</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">Sarah Akamine tossed five innings, surrendering one run on nine hits and left the game in a 1-1 tie.</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">Taryne Mowatt, who has come in to relieve Akamine in all three of her starts, tossed a scoreless sixth inning before allowing the game-winner to Megan Gibson in the seventh.</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">The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the third inning with a bit of small ball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Adrienne Acton led off with a single up the middle and one out later stole second.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Marana, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place>, native advanced to third on a K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo sacrifice and came in to score on an A&amp;M passed ball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></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">After the Aggies tied the game in the fifth inning, UA&rsquo;s dynamic duo of seniors Caitlin Lowe and Kristie Fox manufactured the go-ahead run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe led off the frame with a single and moved to second on her eighth stolen base on the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arredondo moved the upperclassman over to third with a productive groundout, setting the stage for Fox.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA&rsquo;s shortstop then drove in Lowe with a sacrifice fly to center field, putting UA up 2-1.</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>Caitlin Lowe extended her hit streak to 10 games, dating back to the 2006 Women&rsquo;s College World Series</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>Caitlin Lowe&rsquo;s third-inning steal of second against <st1:State w:st="on">Wisconsin</st1:State> moved her ahead of Amy Chellevold for fourth place all time at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> in career stolen bases with 114.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A later act of thievery in the Texas A&amp;M game put her career total at 115. </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>Caitlin Lowe finished the weekend with four multi-hit games, leading the Wildcats.</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>Chelsie Mesa was the only other <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> player to have multiple multi-hit games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases in the A&amp;M game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> currently boasts a three-game hitting streak.</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>All nine runs Taryne Mowatt surrendered over the weekend came via home run.</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><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> stole 21 bases on 22 attempts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Last year, UA stole 10 in its six Kajikawa Classic games.</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"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> kicks off a season-long 15 game homestand with the Worth Wildcat Tournament next weekend, beginning Friday, Feb. 16.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on">Temple</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Texas</st1:State> Tech, <st1:State w:st="on">Virginia</st1:State> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Middle</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> will visit Hillenbrand Stadium in UA&rsquo;s home-opening series.</P>
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