Arizona's Taryne Mowatt Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

March 20, 2007

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA junior Taryne Mowatt has been named the Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 13-19, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Mowatt was a workhorse for the Wildcats, who took second at the Judi Garman Classic last week, falling to sixth-ranked Oklahoma in the title game. No. 5 Arizona went 4-2 during the tournament, and Mowatt was credited with all four wins to just one loss.

In the opener on Thursday against North Carolina State, Mowatt threw a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits and two walks and striking out 11 in a 2-0 win.

Mowatt took her lone loss of the week later that same day as Oklahoma and its top-ranked offense captured a 6-2 win. Only four of the Sooners' six runs were earned.

The junior from Corona, Calif. bounced back in a big way over the next three days. On Friday, Mowatt pitched the first four innings of an 11-0 blowout of Pacific without allowing a run. She then stymied No. 9 Michigan on Saturday, going the distance in a 2-1 Arizona win and allowing just three hits, a walk, and fanning eight. The Wolverines hit .348 overall for the tourney, but were helpless against the Wildcat ace.

In Sunday's semifinal, Mowatt came out and dominated the 16th-ranked Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette, tossing a two-hit shutout and striking out 14 as Arizona cruised to a 9-0 win. Mowatt did not take the mound for the finale.

All told, Mowatt compiled a 4-1 record with an ERA of 1.17 (5 ER/30.0 IP) against some of the most potent offenses in the country. She struck out 46 and limited opposing batters to a .159 average.

The Wildcats (21-7) wrap up their non-conference scedule this week with three games against New Mexico in Tucson. The two teams meet at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 23-24 and at 12 noon on Sunday, Mar. 25.

This is Mowatt's fourth career Pitcher of the Week honor and the 104th Player/Pitcher of the Week award all-time for Arizona.

ALSO NOMINATED: Katie Burkhart, ASU; Melissa Rice, ORE; Brianne McGowan, OSU; Whitney Baker, UCLA.

2007 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 13 - Katie Burkhart, Jr., ASU; Feb. 20 - Danielle Lawrie, So., WASH; Feb. 27 - Missy Penna, So., STAN; Mar. 5 - Danielle Lawrie, So., WASH; Mar. 13 - Katie Burkhart, Jr., ASU; Mar. 20 - Taryne Mowatt, Jr., ARIZ.

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