Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 1 Arizona Softball Falls to No. 7 Oregon State, 2-1
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 01, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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CORVALLIS, Ore. ?- The No. 1 Arizona softball team (29-4) lost to No. 7 Oregon State (28-2), 2-1, at the OSU Softball Complex, in both teams’ Pac-10 opener on Friday.


Taryne Mowatt (15-3) was the tough luck loser, while OSU’s All-American hurler Brianne McGowan (16-1) captured the victory.  Both hurlers tossed complete games, as Mowatt and McGowan combined to scatter 13 hits. 


The Beavers broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth, as Stephanie Ewing drove in pinch runner Natalie Johnson with an RBI single to right-center field.  The next Beaver hitter, Lisa Allen, tacked on another run for OSU with an RBI fielder’s choice, scoring DeAnn Young.


The Wildcats got on the board in the top of the sixth, when Kristie Fox started the rally with her second hit of the game.  Jenae Leles and Callista Balko both drew walks, loading the bases for UA.  Then with three runners on and two out, Mowatt drove in UA’s first run of the game with a walk of her own.


In the seventh, UA had the top of the lineup coming up, but McGowan retired the Wildcats in order.


Arizona had runners on base in every inning but the fifth and seventh, but were able to score only in the sixth, when McGowan walked three Wildcats.  Arizona’s best threats to score came in the first, when UA had two on and one out to start the game.


Despite the quiet Wildcat bats, Balko went 2-for-2 in her fifth multi-hit game of the year.


Up next: Arizona next plays tomorrow against Oregon at 1 p.m. (PST) at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore.  Then, UA will play Oregon once more on Sunday, at 1 p.m., before returning home to host Washington and UCLA next weekend.


Game notes:

-         Kristie Fox extended her hitting streak to four games.  She also notched her 12th multi-hit game of the year.

-         Taryne Mowatt’s start in the circle was her fourth in the last five games.

-         Today’s loss marks the first time UA has dropped a Pac-10 opener since April 4, 1991 at California.  Michelle Granger defeated Debbie Day, 1-0, in 10 innings.