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Softball Wins Final Two Games of Tourney, Sweeps Field
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/10/2005
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona softball team concluded its fall tournament with a no-hit, 8-0 victory over tournament co-host Pima.  Prior to defeating Pima, UA beat the Hum-Babe Cats, 10-2, at Hillenbrand Stadium on Sunday.

 

Taryne Mowatt struck out nine batters and allowed just one base runner in her five innings of no-hit pitching in the Pima game.  To begin the day, Leslie Wolfe gave up one earned run in five innings, facing just three batters over the minimum. 

 

Against the Hum-Babe Cats, UA began its attack early, with three consecutive hits to start the game.  Unfortunately for the Wildcats, UA could scratch only one run across. 

 

The Wildcats had more offensive success in the second, when the first four UA hitters singled and Chelsie Mesa doubled in a pair of runs.  Up 4-0 with one out, Callista Balko hit a screaming line drive down the left field line, which was snagged by the HBC left fielder.  Both UA runners tried to tag up, but according to the umpires Autumn Champion left third prior to the catch, consequently ending the rally.

 

Arizona yielded its first run of the tournament in the top of the third, when Hum-Babe Cats reached on an error, doubled to the right-center gap and brought the run home on a fielder’s choice.

 

UA responded to yielding the run by scoring three more of its own. Four more singles, including a two-out, two-RBI base knock off the bat of Caitlin Lowe brought the score to 7-1.

 

The magic number for Arizona was three, yet again, in the fourth inning.  Fox led off the inning with a double, then three batters and two outs later Sam Banister kept the rally going with an RBI double.  Adrienne Acton and Lowe followed with two-out, RBI base hits of their own, for a 10-1 score.    

 

To begin their game against Pima, Arizona jumped all over Aztec hurler Shanon Andersen for five runs before an out was recorded.  Lowe started the rally with an infield single, followed by a Champion walk and a Mesa triple.  Two batters later, Balko sent her second home run of the tournament over the left field fence, giving UA a 5-0 advantage.

 

 

Friday’s release included a misprint of the final score between Arizona and Arizona Western.  The correct score was 10-0.  We apologize for any confusion.

 

Notes:

-         In five games, UA outscored opponents 39-2

-         Arizona pitchers struck out 43 batters, while surrendering three walks

-         Arizona’s team on-base percentage was a full 400 points higher than opponents’ composite percentage (.535 to .135)

-         Callista Balko was the only UA hitter not to hit .300 in the tournament, but Balko was also the only Wildcat to homer (she had two)

-         When Chelsie Mesa came up to bat with two outs in the second inning against Pima, it was the first time (other than one leadoff AB) that she came to the plate without any runners on base in 13 at-bats

-         Caitlin Lowe and Autumn Champion both had four multi-hit games

-         Four Wildcats (Laine Roth, Adrienne Acton, Kristie Fox and Caitlin Lowe) had at least one base hit in each game

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
New Mexico 2 0 3 3 0 0 0 8 16 4
Ariz. Western 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 8 6 1

 

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