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

April 10, 2007

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA junior Taryne Mowatt has been named the Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week for Apr. 3-9, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Mowatt threw two of the most effective outings in the Pac-10 this season in back-to-back shutouts of rival No. 7/9 Arizona State this past weekend. The Wildcats rode the arm of their ace to a pair of 1-0 shutout victories that moved the defending NCAA champs to a league-leading 4-1 Conference record.

In Friday's series opener, Mowatt tossed a no-hitter, her second of the season and fourth of her career. She took a perfect game into the sixth inning, when it was broken up by an Arizona throwing error. The only baserunner Mowatt would allow of her own accord was a seventh-inning walk. She struck out 11 Sun Devils in the contest.

In Saturday's outing, which aired live to a national television audience on ESPN2, Mowatt backed up Friday's gem with a two-hit shutout in which she walked none and struck out 10. Mowatt's string of 10 hitless innings was finally broken in the 4th inning on Saturday, but no damage was done and Mowatt surrendered just one single the rest of the way in picking up her Pac-10-leading 21st win of the season.

For the week, Mowatt pitched 14 innings of shutout softball, allowing just the two hits and one walk, and striking out 21. She held ASU to a .045 batting average when it came into the series hitting .306.

Mowatt, a native of Corona, Calif., has pitched every inning of the Wildcats' five Pac-10 games, and is second in Conference play with an ERA of 0.82, while holding Pac-10 opponents to a .104 average that ranks No. 1 in the league.

The Wildcats (28-8, 4-1 Pac-10) moved up to No. 4 in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Top-25. They play host to No. 12 Stanford on Friday, and California on Saturday and Sunday this week.

This is Mowatt's fifth career Pitcher of the Week honor, tying her for third-most among active players. She also earned the award on Mar. 20 of this seaosn. It is the 105th Player/Pitcher of the Week award all-time for Arizona.

ALSO NOMINATED: Katie Burkhart, ASU; Lauren Frankiewicz, CAL; Missy Penna, STAN.

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; Mar. 27 - Melissa Rice, So., ORE; Apr. 3 - Brianne McGowan, Sr., OSU; Apr. 10 - Taryne Mowatt, Jr., ARIZ.

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