Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Softball's Game with Stanford Officially a Tie
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 30, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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PALO ALTO, Calif. ?- The Arizona softball team played Stanford to a scoreless tie for 12 innings on Sunday afternoon at the Smith Family Stadium, before the game was stopped due to the Wildcats' pending flight to return to Tucson.


The game has officially been declared a tie -- UA's first since 1986.  With Pac-10 play winding down and final exams right around the corner, the contest will not be resumed or made up.  All statistics from the contest will be counted.


Both teams will continue conference action over the next two weekends. Arizona will face Oregon and Oregon State on the road next weekend, before returning to Hillenbrand Stadium to close out regular season play May 10-12.


Arizona pitcher Taryne Mowatt pitched a gem, limiting Stanford to three hits, while striking out 13 Cardinal hitters in her third complete-game effort of the weekend.


The Wildcats delivered at least one hit per inning in six of the first seven frames, but had nothing to show for it except for seven runners left on base before extra innings started.


In the first, Caitlin Lowe led off with a single and a stolen base, but the Wildcats could not drive her in.


In the second, Laine Roth led off with the first of her two hits in the game.  Next, Callista Balko laid down a successful sacrifice bunt, but the home plate umpire ruled she struck the ball with a foot on home plate and declared Balko out.  Sam Banister followed by moving Roth over to second with a sac bunt. However, the Wildcats left another runner stranded.


UA mounted a rally in the fourth, as Roth led off with a single to mark her sixth multi-hit game of the year.  Balko laid down another sac bunt, which Penna threw past Cardinal first baseman Erin Howe, placing runners on the corners with no outs.  With Banister at the plate, UA head coach Mike Candrea called a suicide squeeze, which Penna fielded in time to cut down Roth en route to the plate.


Stanford, which recorded its first hit of the game in the third inning, gave UA a quick scare in its half of the fourth inning.  Cardinal right fielder Shannon Koplitz skied a ball to straight away center field, where Lowe reached over the fence to corral the ball for the first out of the inning.


To begin the fifth, the Wildcats got the leadoff hitter on for the third time in the contest.  Adrienne Acton used a swinging bunt to reach with a single.  Lowe followed with a sharply hit ball that appeared to be good for a single to right, but the ball struck Acton’s foot ?- rendering the Wildcat right fielder out and giving Lowe first base.  Mesa and Fox completed the inning with a pair of grounders back to the circle, keeping the game at a 0-0 tie.


The Cardinal got its first leadoff hitter of the game on with a Koplitz walk to start the sixth.  Mowatt induced Michelle Smith into popping out in foul territory to Jenae Leles at third base.  After allowing a walk, Mowatt struck out the next two Stanford hitters to retire the side.


The run-scoring drought for the teams continued in extra frames, as zeroes filled the line score. Each team stranded 12 runners on base in the game, but had no such luck getting a timely hit to stake a lead.


Game Notes:

-          Caitlin Lowe swiped the 150th base of her career in the first inning.  Arizona’s record-holder in the category, Lowe now stands 12th on the NCAA all-time list.

-          Dating back to 2006, Caitlin Lowe has stolen 50 consecutive bases without being caught (43-for-43 this year).

-          Taryne Mowatt recorded her 20th double-digit strikeout performance of the season.

-          Today’s game marked Arizona’s second extra-inning contest of the year, while Stanford played in its first.  It was also UA’s longest contest since a 13-inning victory at Cal on April 22, 2006.

-          Adrienne Acton registered her third career three-hit game.


Up Next: The Wildcats will wrap up its regular-season road slate with a trip to the Oregon schools next weekend.  UA will face Oregon on Friday, before taking on Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday.