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20070303 Walk-Off Single Lifts Cats to Win in 5-4 Thriller
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Release: 03/03/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">TUCSON</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </B><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> catcher Callista Balko&rsquo;s bases-loaded single broke a 4-4 tie to give the second-ranked Wildcats a 5-4 victory over <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Missouri</st1:place></st1:State> at Hillenbrand Stadium on Friday night.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In an action-packed game that included two ties and two lead changes, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> came up with the big hits when it needed to.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The victory improved <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s record to 12-3 on the year, while <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Missouri</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s eight-game win streak was snapped and the Tigers dropped to 14-7.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Chelsie Mesa, who went 2-for-4 in her eight multi-hit game of the year, staked <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> to a 1-0 lead in the first inning with her second home run of the year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Tigers fought back, taking their first lead of the game in the third inning with a three-run homer.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>MU center fielder Leanne Bowers walked and Andee Allen reached on a Wildcat fielding error, placing runners at second and third with one out.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>MU first baseman Amanda Renth connected on her first of two home runs of the night to give her Tigers a 3-1 lead.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats scratched out a run in their half of the third to climb within one run of MU.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Caitlin Lowe led off the inning by reaching on a Tiger throwing error and then stole the first of her four stolen bases on the night.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> flied to deep center field, Kristie Fox atoned for her error earlier in the inning with an RBI single to center, scoring her classmate Lowe.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">After holding MU scoreless in the top of the fourth, K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo&rsquo;s first career home run ? a solo shot ? tied the game 3-3.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the top of the fifth, the game took a dramatic turn.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>MU&rsquo;s Renth was at the plate with a 2-1 count when Taryne Mowatt&rsquo;s pitch appeared to knob of her bat and bounced back to Mowatt who threw to first for an apparent out.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, the home plate umpire Mike Bartling ruled the ball foul, which led to an argument from the UA coaching staff and the eventual ejection of assistant Larry Ray.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Incidentally, Renth clubbed the next pitch over the center field fence for a solo home run, giving MU a 4-3 advantage.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">However, Lowe and the Cats would respond in the bottom half of the frame with a run of their own.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe led off with an infield single, stole her second base of the night and scored on a <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> single to center.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With the game still tied in the seventh, Lowe led off yet again with the same result.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The three-time All-American reached via an infield single, stole second, made a delay steal of third and had the game-winning run just 60 feet away from scoring with no outs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> struck out, MU elected to intentionally walk Fox and Jenae Leles to get to Balko.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Tucsonan responded with her fourth game-winning hit of the year, scoring Lowe to win the game in walk-off fashion.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UA pitcher Taryne Mowatt (7-3) earned the win, yielding three earned runs on five hits, seven walks and 10 strikeouts in seven innings of work.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>MU&rsquo;s Jen Bruck (5-1) drew the loss, as she gave up four earned runs on eight hits and four walks.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Game Notes: <o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Laine Roth&rsquo;s second-inning double was her first extra-base hit of the year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Chelsie Mesa extended her career-long hitting streak to 12 games.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Caitlin Lowe&rsquo;s three-run game was her second of the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She currently has 201 career runs scored, good for 10<SUP>th</SUP> place on UA&rsquo;s all-time list.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN>Caitlin Lowe&rsquo;s four stolen bases give her 124 in her career and places her fourth on UA&rsquo;s all-time list.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She is five away from Vivian Holm&rsquo;s 129 career swiped bags for third place in program history.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Up Next: </B><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> continues plays the second of two games against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Missouri</st1:State></st1:place> with a 7 p.m. tilt on Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium.</P>
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