Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Softball Pounds Out 10 Runs in Run-Rule Win
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 05, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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CORVALLIS, Ore. ?- The fifth-ranked Arizona softball team routed No. 16 Oregon State 10-1 in a five-inning victory on Saturday.


The Wildcats tallied 13 hits to the Beavers’ three, and four Arizona hitters had multiple RBI in the contest.  Additionally, all nine hitters in the order either scored or drove in a run


The win lifted Arizona to a 37-10-1 mark overall and a conference-best 13-3-1 record.  Oregon State fell to 36-20 on the season and a 7-10 record in Pac-10 contests.


Taryne Mowatt (29-8) hurled her 34th complete game of the year and moved into Arizona’s top 10 list for innings pitched in a season.  She has now thrown 252.2 innings, which is good for ninth on the list.  The junior hurler gave up one run on three hits and fanned seven and did not walk a batter.


After two scoreless innings, the Wildcats rallied to for six runs in the top of the third.  Kristie Fox picked up where she left off yesterday, as she clubbed a three-run double to right-center field to take a 3-0 lead.  Adrienne Acton led off the frame with a soft liner over the shortstop’s head, followed by a Caitlin Lowe single and a Chelsie Mesa bunt hit to load the bases for Fox.  Jenae Leles followed Fox’s two-bagger with a single up the middle to plate the Wildcat shortstop for UA’s fourth run of the frame.


After a pair of Wildcat strikeouts, the hits kept coming for UA.  Sam Banister hit her second home run in as many days to bring Leles around.  The Wildcat sophomore’s fourth home run of the year and second in conference play would account for UA’s final runs of the inning, although Arizona would pound out two more singles for a total of eight in the frame.


Down 6-1 in its half of the third, Oregon State used a hit by pitch, a wild pitch and a Mia Longfellow single to drive Cambria Miranda around to get on the board with a run.


Arizona quickly got the run back with a two-out rally that got three runs across and a bit of excitement.  Leles ignited the rally by lining a double to right-center.  Laine Roth followed with a walk, before Callista Balko singled home pinch runner Jill Malina with a liner to center.


Next, K’Lee Arredondo hit a ball back to the pitcher, who deflected the ball into center field, but not before Balko made contact with OSU shortstop Mia Longfellow.  Both Roth and Balko scored on the two-run single, taking UA’s lead to 9-1.  On the play, umpires made a delayed call of fielder obstruction, which brought Oregon State head coach Kirk Walker out of the dugout whose argument prompted his ejection.


Arizona tacked on one last run in the fifth inning, when Balko forced Lowe home with a bases-loaded walk.


Game Notes:

-          Today’s game marked the first time of 2007 that Oregon State has lost via run-rule.  The last time Oregon State was run-ruled was at Arizona on May 13, 2006.

-          A stadium-record crowd of 1,008 saw the game at the OSU Softball Complex.  This was the third time this season that Arizona has been the visiting team for an opponents’ stadium-record breaking crowd.

-          Caitlin Lowe stole her 44th base of the year and 151st of her career.


Up Next: The Wildcats will have their last regular season road contest on Sunday as they face No. 16 Oregon St at 1 p.m.  Fans can log on to for free live video of the game.