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Lowe Ties Steals Record in UA Rout
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 23, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Caitlin Lowe stole two bases in No. 3 Arizona’s 9-1, six-inning win over No. 15 Oregon on Sunday to tie Wildcat great Alison McCutcheon’s school record of 148 stolen bases in a career.


UA’s senior center fielder Lowe scored three runs and notched two of hits UA’s eight hits in the weekend finale.  Over the last three games, Lowe has hit .625 with five runs and five stolen bases.


Lowe’s classmate Kristie Fox went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI to complete a solid weekend, in which she led Arizona with a .667 batting average (6-for-9) with a double, a triple, two home runs and seven RBI. 


The victory gave Arizona a 34-9 record on the year and a Pac-10 leading 10-2 mark in conference play.  The Ducks dropped to 38-11 overall and 3-8 in Pac-10 contests.


For the third straight game, Taryne Mowatt (26-7) gave up one run in a complete-game effort.  She struck out nine Ducks, while giving up just four hits in six innings of work.


UO’s Melissa Rice (20-9) drew the loss after giving up nine runs on eight hits and six walks.


The Wildcats got off to a fast start with three runs in the first and second innings.  Lowe led off with a single and a stolen base, before Chelsie Mesa walked.  Then, Fox got her first RBI of the game with an infield single to drive Lowe home from third.  Two batters later, Jenae Leles connected on a two-run double to right-center field to plate Fox and pinch runner Jill Malina.


The next inning, the UA seniors doubled the damage with three more runs.  With two outs, Lowe got her 21st multi-hit game with an infield single.  Mesa followed with her second walk of the game, setting the table yet again for Fox.  The Wildcat shortstop belted her 12th home run of the year over the left field fence to double the UA lead to 6-0.  The blast gave Fox her 45th career home run and 215th RBI and moved her up to 16th place in the NCAA record book for RBI in a career.


Oregon got its only run of the game in the third inning when Sari-Jane Jenkins doubled home Suzie Barnes.


Both teams’ bats remained quiet until the sixth inning, when UA rallied for three runs to invoke the run-rule.  With one out, K’Lee Arredondo drew a walk and Adrienne Acton singled back to the pitcher.  Lowe then loaded the bases with a walk, bringing up Mesa.  The UA second baseman drove Arredondo and Acton around to score with a single up the middle.  After an intentional walk to Fox and an Oregon pitching change, Callista Balko plated Lowe with an RBI groundout to give UA an eight-run advantage.


Game Notes:

-         Fans can catch Arizona’s Friday game against Oregon State on Monday at noon on FSN Arizona.

-         Cyndi Duran pinch-hit in the sixth inning, marking the first time she has had an official at-bat since Feb. 24 against Texas A&M.

-         Caitlin Lowe’s two stolen bases placed her in a tie with Alison McCutcheon for the school record for 148 stolen bases in a career.


Up Next: Arizona hits the road for a pair of  Pac-10 weekend sets.  Next weekend, the Wildcats head to the Bay Area for a Friday date with Cal, before taking on Stanford on Saturday and Sunday.  After that, Arizona will play another road series at the Oregon schools, before returning home to face UCLA and Washington May 10-12 to wrap up Pac-10 play.