Softball Shutout By No. 5 Arizona

March 30, 2007

SEATTLE-- A two-run home run by Arizona's Kristie Fox in the first inning was all the scoring the fifth-ranked Wildcats needed Friday as they cruised to the 6-0 victory over 12th-ranked Washington to open Pac-10 play. The Huskies dip to 22-8 on the season, while Arizona improves to 25-7.

Arizona scored six runs on six hits, taking advantage of two Husky errors, six walks and two hit batters. Washington had four hits and stranded six base runners on the day.

Fox's first inning home run marked her ninth of the season and gave UA the 2-0 lead. The hit scored Caitlin Lowe who had reached base on a throwing error.

Washington threatened in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases on a pair of walks and a single by Dominique Lastrapes but Arizona hurler Taryne Mowatt got out of the jam with a pop-up and strikeout.

The Wildcats tacked on two more runs in the second inning on two hits. UW ace Danielle Lawrie struck out the first batter of the inning before giving up a walk and back-to-back singles to K'Lee Arredondo and Adrienne Acton to load the bases. Lawrie then walked Lowe to plate a run and trigger a pitching change. Junior Caitlin Noble entered the game and recorded a strikeout but a passed ball scored another run to put UA on top 4-0.

Arizona scored two more runs in the fourth frame on one hit. Noble sat the first two batters down with a strikeout and ground out before walking the bases loaded. Jenae Leles then singled through the left side to score two runs and give the Wildcats the 6-0 lead.

Mowatt sat the Huskies down in order in the second, third and fourth innings before junior Lauren Greer doubled to leadoff the fifth. The spark was quickly extinguished, however, when Greer was thrown out at third on a fielder's choice and Mowatt got out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts.

Washington attempted another comeback in the sixth when Lastrapes singled to left field and Dena Tyson singled over the third baseman. K'Lee then made a diving catch in left field at the line for the second out of the inning and another Mowatt strikeout ended the inning.

The Huskies went quietly in the seventh with two fly outs and a strikeout.

Mowatt (18-6) picked up the victory as she held Washington to no runs on four hits and struck out nine.

Lawrie (13-4) took the loss as she allowed four runs on four hits in 4.1 innings with eight strikeouts.

The Huskies return to conference action Saturday when they host No. 7 Arizona State at 2 p.m.

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