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Lowe Breaks UA Steals Record, Cats Roll 6-0 over Cal
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 28, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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BERKELEY, Calif. ?- Caitlin Lowe stole the show and the Arizona career stolen base record on Friday afternoon in UA’s 6-0 win at Cal.


Lowe, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI, led off the first with a flare-single to left field.  She promptly stole her 149th career base, breaking Alison McCutcheon’s school record of 148 career steals.  The play was also Lowe’s 42nd successful steal in as many attempts this year, giving her the third most stolen bases without being caught in NCAA history. 


With the win, fourth-ranked Arizona improves to 35-9 on the year and 11-2 in Pac-10 play.  Cal falls to 28-27 overall with a 2-11 mark in conference contests.


Taryne Mowatt went the distance, moving her record to 27-7 on the year.  The Wildcat junior tossed her 10th shutout of the season and limited the Cal offense to five hits and two walks.  UA’s ace struck out 10 Golden Bear hitters and now has 341 strikeouts in 222.2 innings pitched this year.


Cal’s Lauren Frankiewicz took the loss and moved her record to 14-14.  The Golden Bear hurler lasted 1.1 innings and gave up three runs, before Brittany LaRosa came in to relieve her.


The Wildcats got on the board in the top of the second, scoring three runs on two hits.  Playing near her hometown of Fair Oaks, Jenae Leles cracked her seventh home run over the center-field wall to lead off the rally.  The homer tied Leles’ output of seven round-trippers in 2006.


Sam Banister followed with a walk, moved to second a passed ball and onto third on a deep K’Lee Arredondo flyout.  Next, Adrienne Acton put the ball on the ground and reached on a fielder’s choice with Banister staying put at third.  After Acton stole second, Lowe laced a two-run triple down the right-field line to extend UA’s lead to 3-0.  The three-bagger was Lowe’s 11th over her career, giving her sole possession of fourth place on UA’s all-time triples list.


Two innings later, the Wildcats tacked on two more runs.  Banister led off by reaching on a Cal fielding error.  Arredondo and Acton followed with a pair of singles to load the bases.  After Lowe grounded into a fielder’s choice to keep the bases loaded for Chelsie Mesa.  The Wildcat second baseman grounded to second, but Lowe beat the throw to second, which allowed all four Wildcats to advance safely.  The play plated Arredondo.  Fox accounted for UA’s second run of the frame with a single to move the runners up one base piece, scoring Acton.


The bottom of the UA order pushed the Wildcats’ sixth run of the day across in the fifth to bring the game to its final 6-0 margin.  Banister singled through the left side and scored on an Arredondo double to deep center.


Game Notes:

-         Kristie Fox’s fourth-inning throwing error was UA’s first defensive error in 34 innings ?- a span of five games dating back to UA’s game against Cal on April 15.

-         Freshman Lauren Erb saw her first intercollegiate action with a pinch-hitting appearance in the sixth inning.


Up Next: Arizona travels down the road to play a pair of games at No. 17 Stanford.  The Wildcats and Cardinal will face off at 1 p.m. on Saturday and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.  The latter will be televised live on CSTV.