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No. 2 Arizona Softball Run-Rules No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 26, 2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- No. 2 Arizona (28-3) defeated No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette (23-5), 10-1, in five innings with three home runs in a run-rule shortened game at Hillenbrand Stadium on Saturday. 


Taryne Mowatt (14-2) scattered six hits over five innings, as she gave up only one run.  The sophomore from Corona, Calif., struck out eight Ragin’ Cajuns and did not allow a walk.  Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Ashley Kirchberg (10-1) suffered her first loss of the season and gave up 10 earned runs over her 4.2 innings of work.


The UA offense totaled 15 hits in 29 at-bats and scored at least one run in every inning but the second.  Additionally, eight of UA’s nine starters had at least one hit, led by Autumn Champion’s 4-for-4 performance.


The Wildcats put up one run on two hits in the first inning.  With two outs, two strikes and the bases loaded, Mowatt helped herself the hard way by driving in the game’s first run with a hit by pitch.


UA took an inning off from scoring, but got back to business in the bottom of the third as Kristie Fox led off the bottom half with her fifth home run of the season.


In the fourth, Adrienne Acton and Champion started the inning with singles, followed by a towering home run to right field by Chelsie Mesa.  The Yuma, Ariz. native’s blast, which nearly hit off the new video scoreboard, was her sixth of the year and gave UA 5-0 lead.


With three runs across and no outs recorded, the UA sticks continued to knock Kirchberg around for three more hits and one run.  Kristie Fox followed Mesa’s home run with her first career triple, as she hit a liner down the right field line.  After a Jenae Leles walk and a Laine Roth groundout, Mowatt came through with an RBI-single to left field.


Louisiana-Lafayette responded with a run of its own in the fifth inning on two hits.


The Wildcats came right back in their half of the fifth with four runs of its own.  Laine Roth capped off the inning and the game with a dramatic three-run, walk-off home run to right field.      


Up next: Arizona wraps-up non-conference play with its series finale against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday, beginning at noon (MST).  All-Access subscribers can watch a live webcast, as all three games this weekend will be available on


Game Notes:

-         Autumn Champion notched her 10th multi-hit game of the year.  She is second on the team behind Caitlin Lowe (19) in multi-hit games.  Additionally, it was Champion’s first four-hit game of the year.

-          Taryne Mowatt’s fourth-inning single was the second hit of her career.  Both base knocks have driven in a run.

-         Tonight’s contest was Arizona’s fourth of the year with three home runs.

-         Caitlin Lowe, who is out with an injury to her left hand, missed the second game of her career.  She had started each of UA’s last 147 games.