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20070415 No. 4 Softball Pulls Out 6-4 Win over Cal
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Release: 04/15/2007
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<FONT face=Arial size=2> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><?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 fourth-ranked <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> softball team came back from a two-run deficit to defeat <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State></st1:place>, 6-4, on Saturday night for the Wildcats&rsquo; fourth consecutive Pac-10.</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>The Wildcat offense was led by Chelsie Mesa, who went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The pair of two-baggers places <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> in a tie with Kristie Fox for the team lead with nine doubles on the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Incidentally, the pair of infield mates is also tied for the team lead with six Pac-10 RBI.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>The victory pushes <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s first-place conference record to 6-1 and 30-8 on the year, while <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> drops to 2-6 in league play 25-22 on the year.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>Taryne Mowatt, who has pitched every inning of UA&rsquo;s seven conference contests, moved her record to 23-7 with her 26<SUP>th</SUP> complete game on the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt scattered six hits and five walks over seven innings of work, in which she gave up four runs.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> pitcher Lauren Frankiewicz (12-11) drew the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits and five walks.</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> whiffed on an opportunity to take command of the game from the get-go, as UA failed to plate any runs with runners on second and third and nobody out in the first inning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Caitlin Lowe led off the frame with a walk and stole second.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> walked, the two seniors executed a double steal to put a pair of runners in scoring position with no outs recorded.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s when Frankiewicz settled down and struck out the 3-4-5 hitters in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s lineup to retire the side.</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Cal</st1:State></st1:place> broke up a scoreless tie in the top of the third with two runs on three hits.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Golden Bear catcher Julie Meyer led off with a double down the left-field line to get things going and came around to score a few batters later on one of Mowatt&rsquo;s two wild pitches on the night.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Later in the inning, with two outs Christina Shallig drove around with a double for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s second run of the frame.</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">The Wildcats cut the two-run deficit in half with a run in the bottom half of the third.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe led off with her first of two hits on the night and scored all the way from first on a <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Mesa</st1:City></st1:place> double to right-center.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>The next inning, UA scored three times to take a 4-2 lead that it would not relinquish.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Laine Roth led off with her second walk of the game and moved to second on a Sam Banister sacrifice bunt.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Adrienne Acton put runners on the corners with an infield single, bringing up Lowe.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA&rsquo;s three-time, first-team All-American came through with an RBI single to tie the game and keep a pair of Wildcats on the bases.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe&rsquo;s hit brought <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mesa</st1:place></st1:City> back to the plate, as she promptly cracked her second RBI double ? plating both Acton and Lowe to give UA a 4-2 advantage.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> tacked on what would prove to be two needed insurance runs in the fifth, as Roth drove in pinch runner Jill Malina with a sacrifice fly and K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo hit a Texas-Leaguer of a single to bring in Callista Balko, who had doubled earlier in the inning.</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> scored two runs and had the bases loaded in the sixth to cut the UA lead to 6-4, but Mowatt shut the rally down and would retire the side in the seventh to end the contest.</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">Game Notes: <o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></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"><FONT face="Times New Roman"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore"><FONT size=3>-</FONT><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN><FONT size=3>Caitlin Lowe extended her hitting streak to six games and has hit safely in all Pac-10 contests except for the conference opener.</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><FONT face="Times New Roman"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore"><FONT size=3>-</FONT><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN><FONT size=3>Caitlin Lowe had her team-leading 19<SUP>th</SUP> multi-hit game.</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><FONT face="Times New Roman"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore"><FONT size=3>-</FONT><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN><FONT size=3>Hillenbrand Stadium drew 2,336 fans for the 25<SUP>th</SUP> largest crowd in stadium history.</FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></o:p></P><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Up Next: </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> will wrap up the weekend on Sunday with a 1 p.m. date with <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State></st1:place> at Hillenbrand Stadium.</SPAN></FONT>
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