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No. 2 Cats Take Two from Creighton
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/07/2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The second-ranked Arizona softball team (16-3) swept a mid-week doubleheader against Creighton (8-3) by scores of 6-2 and 7-3 on Tuesday night in the Wildcats’ last home games before a two-week road trip.

 

In the first game, a balance of pitching and offense paced the Wildcats to a 6-2 victory over visiting Creighton.

 

In the circle, Taryne Mowatt (10-3) earned her fourth victory in as many UA games, tossing her 12th complete game of the year.  The junior from Corona, Calif., registered 12 strikeouts and no walks in seven innings of work.  She surrendered two runs on three hits and pitched to just four batters over the minimum.

 

Creighton catcher and Tucson native TJ Eadus hit a solo home run in the top of the second for the game’s first run, giving the Jays a 1-0 advantage.

 

The Wildcats quickly relieved CU of the lead by scoring a pair of unearned runs in the second.  Mowatt got aboard to lead off by reaching on an error and would score on a K’Lee Arredondo RBI single to center.  Arredondo would then be plated by Adrienne Acton, who registered her second multi-hit game of the year.

 

Having already extended her hitting streak in the first inning, Chelsie Mesa connected for her third home run of the year to lead off the third, increasing UA’s advantage to a 3-1 margin.

 

The Jays would tack on a run in the fifth via a suicide squeeze to cut its deficit down to a single run, but Kristie Fox’s sixth home run of the year ?- a three run job to right-center field ?- in the sixth solidified UA’s lead, 6-2.

 

In the game two of the double dip, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week Caitlin Lowe dominated Creighton pitching ?- going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a stolen base and her first home run in 39 games.

 

With UA already leading 2-0 in the third inning, Chelsie Mesa extended her hitting streak to 16 games with an RBI double to plate Lowe.  The two-bagger gave Mesa the longest hitting streak for an Arizona player since Autumn Champion’s 25-game run in 2003.  Later in the inning, pitcher Sarah Akamine (6-0) would help her own cause by driving Mesa in for UA’s fourth run.

 

The Wildcats upped their lead to 6-0 in the fourth when Lowe lined a two-run homer to center to score herself and Adrienne Acton, who reached with her third extra-base hit of the year.

 

Game Notes:

-         In the second game, Chelsie Mesa extended her career-long hitting streak to 16 games.  This is the longest hitting streak since Autumn Champion’s 25-game run in 2003.

-         Taryne Mowatt did not allow a walk for the first time in her 12 starts in 2007.

-         In the first game, Creighton became UA’s second opponent of the year to score before the Wildcats.

-         Caitlin Lowe’s homer in the second game was her first since April 30, 2006 at Washington ?- a stretch of 39 games.

 

Up Next: Arizona will travel to Waco, Texas for a three-game series this weekend against No. 14 Baylor.

 

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