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20070422 No. 3 Softball Tops No. 15 Ducks, 4-1
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/22/2007
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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>The <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> softball team is now 22-1 at Hillenbrand Stadium this year after a 4-1 victory over fifteenth-ranked <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>, in front of 2,628 fans on Saturday 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">The third-ranked Wildcats improved to 9-2 in Pac-10 play and 33-9 on the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With an ASU loss in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tempe</st1:place></st1:City>, UA increased its lead in the Pac-10 standings to two games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>, meanwhile, dropped to 38-10 overall and 3-7 in conference play.</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 tossed her 28<SUP>th</SUP> complete game of the year to improve her record to 25-7.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For the second straight night, the right-hander gave up one run on two hits.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She struck out 15 Ducks, bringing her strikeout total to 322 on the year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s Melissa Rice (20-8) drew the loss, having given up four runs in six innings of work.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The first three <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> hitters singled to start the game, but UA would manage only one run in its opening frame.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Caitlin Lowe got things going with a base knock up the middle and promptly stole second base, for her 38<SUP>th</SUP> successful steal in as many attempts this year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Chelsie Mesa followed with a sharp single to right, placing runners on the corners for the Cats.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With Kristie Fox at the plate, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Mesa</st1:City></st1:place> was thrown out stealing ? marking just the fifth time in 83 stolen base attempts that a Wildcat runner has been thrown out all year.<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">After finishing a single short of hitting for the cycle last night, Kristie Fox completed a &ldquo;carry-over&rdquo; cycle of shorts with an RBI single up the middle to plate Lowe.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">After a scoreless second for both sides, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> evened the score on Lovena Chaput&rsquo;s sixth home run of the year on a solo shot to right.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the third, Lowe notched her 20<SUP>th</SUP> multi-hit game of the year with a single to short to lead off the third.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> at the plate, Lowe stole her 39<SUP>th</SUP> base of the year, giving her sole possession of seventh place on UA&rsquo;s list for steals in a season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, she now stands two steals shy of Alison McCutcheon&rsquo;s school record of 148 stolen bases.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UA took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth on a K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo sacrifice fly to drive in pinch runner Jill Malina for UA&rsquo;s second run of the contest.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With the Wildcats still leading by the one-run margin in the fifth, Callista Balko connected on her ninth home run of the year ? a two-run job to right-center field ? to increase the lead to 4-1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Balko&rsquo;s blast drove home <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City>, who had doubled earlier in the inning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City>&rsquo;s two-bagger was her ninth of the year and marked her 14<SUP>th</SUP> multi-hit game 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"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Game Notes: </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>Taryne Mowatt&rsquo;s fourth-inning strikeout of Amie Morris gave her 315 punch-outs on the year, placing her sixth on UA&rsquo;s all-time list for strikeouts in a season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Jennie Finch&rsquo;s senior year and all four of Alicia Hollowell&rsquo;s marks are the only strikeout seasons ahead of Mowatt&rsquo;s current campaign.</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>The crowd of 2,628 marked the 16<SUP>th</SUP> largest crowd in Hillenbrand Stadium 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> seeks a weekend sweep of the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> schools on Sunday with a noon date with the Ducks at Hillenbrand Stadium.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN></P>
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