Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Duplicates Saturday?s 8-1 Win over Oregon
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 10, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona Softball team (31-4, 4-2) took an 8-1 decision over Oregon (23-13, 3-4) for the second straight day.  Senior Jackie Coburn led UA’s offensive attack with a two-run home run to give the Wildcats a 3-1 lead that they would not relinquish.


Oregon drew first blood in the opening frame on Beth Boskovich’s RBI single, bringing around Breanne Sabol.  Prior to this game, the Ducks had not lost when scoring in the first inning.


In the bottom half of the inning, Autumn Champion had a one-out single to catalyze Arizona’s offense, before Kristie Fox followed up with a single of her own.  With Coburn up, Coach Mike Candrea put on a double-steal.  With the runners in motion, Champion scored from second on catcher Ashley Richards’ throwing error.  With Fox on second, Coburn smashed her seventh home run of the year to give UA the lead.


The game would remain 3-1 until the bottom of the fifth, when UA scored two unearned runs on Shelly Schultz’s two-out, two-run double.  Schultz’s two-base hit knocked eventual loser and Oregon pitcher Alicia Cook out of the game.


The Wildcats would score three more runs in the sixth inning, as six of Arizona’s nine hitters reached base in the frame.


Freshman pitcher Taryne Mowatt hurled a sold five innings, giving up one run on five hits during her five innings of work.  Mowatt struck out nine Duck batters and did not surrender a single walk.


Alicia Hollowell was equally impressive in her two innings of relief, striking out three of the seven batters she faced.


Arizona next plays at Washington on Friday, April 15 at 1 p.m.  The Cats will then take on defending champion UCLA on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.  Friday’s game against Washington can be seen on Fox Sports Net on tape delay.  The two contests against the Bruins will be telecast live on ESPN’s family of networks.