Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Mowatt Leads No. 4 Softball to a 3-0 Victory over No. 9 Arizona State
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 16, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Related Links

TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The No. 4 Arizona softball team (32-7, 3-4) defeated No. 9 Arizona State (39-6, 3-3), 3-0, at ASU’s Farrington Stadium on Saturday night.


Taryne Mowatt (16-4) tossed her first career Pac-10 shutout, as she gave up only three hits and struck out 11 Sun Devils in a crucial road win.  She also got things done at the plate, as the sophomore from Corona, Calif., scored went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored.


ASU’s Desiree Serrano (15-3) lasted 3.2 innings and drew the loss, as UA touched her up for three earned runs on three hits and three walks.


Arizona took advantage of Serrano’s lack of control in the top of the first, when it used two walks, a single and a hit-by-pitch to score the game’s first run.  Mowatt drew one-out walk to start the rally.  Then, Callista Balko hit a bloop single down the left field line, and Chelsie Mesa followed with a walk to load the bases.  After a Laine Roth strikeout, Jill Malina made her first collegiate plate appearance count, as she took Serrano’s first offering off the arm to drive in UA’s first run.


Mowatt helped her own cause in the top of the fourth, as she knocked her second career home run over the fence in left field, increasing UA’s lead to 2-0.


Balko followed with her second single of the night and would advance to second on a wild pitch.  Two Wildcat strikeouts slimmed the chances of a rally, but Arizona found a way to score.  Balko stole third and Malina walked, putting runners on the corners.  That prompted ASU head coach Clint Meyer out of the dugout, and he brought Katie Burkhart with him to relieve Serrano.  With a fresh arm in the circle, Autumn Champion greeted Burkhart with an RBI single to left, scoring Balko.


Up 3-0 in the fourth, Mowatt maintained the three run cushion and kept the Sun Devils at that distance all the way through the game’s end.


Up next: The Wildcats head to the Bay Area, where they will play at Stanford on Friday and at California on Saturday and Sunday.  Friday’s match-up against the Cardinal can be seen via tape delay on Fox Sports Net.


Game notes:

-         Callista Balko’s stolen base in the fourth was a career first.  It was also the first time any UA player has swiped third all year.

-         Arizona was hit by three pitches for the second consecutive game.  The trio of HBPs ties a season high.

-         Taryne Mowatt extended her team-high, five-game hit streak.