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

April 24, 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. 17-23, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

After a rare two-game break from the starter's circle, Mowatt was back throwing every pitch of the Wildcats' weekend sweep of the Oregon schools. The Corona, Calif. native boosted her Pac-10 leading win total to 26 after her 3-0 week.

Friday, Mowatt held the Oregon State Beavers in check for the full seven innings, giving up just one run on two hits, walking one and striking out eight as the Wildcats posted a 3-1 win over one of the top teams in the first half of Conference play. OSU's one run came in the top of the first inning, after which Mowatt held the Beavers hitless for the next six innings.

Oregon brought the Conference's best-hitting line-up to Tucson on Saturday and Sunday, but could only muster up one run each time out, and Arizona recorded 4-1 and 9-1 victories. On Saturday, Mowatt tempered a rare bout of wildness (eight walks issued) with 15 strikeouts and again gave up just a pair of base hits.

All told, Mowatt went 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA, allowing just eight hits in 20 innings and striking out 32. Opponents hit .121 against Mowatt.

Mowatt's 26 wins are tied for fifth in the nation, and she ranks ninth nationally with 10.7 strikeouts per seven innings. She has been exceptional in the Pac-10 portion of the schedule, going 9-1 with a 1.20 ERA in Conference games.

Arizona (10-2 Pac-10, 34-9) takes a two-game lead into the second-half of Pac-10 play. The Wildcats will be in the Bay Area this weekend, playing at California on Friday, then at Stanford on Saturday and Sunday.

This is Mowatt's sixth career Pitcher of the Week honor and third this season. It is the 106th Player/Pitcher of the Week award all-time for Arizona.

ALSO NOMINATED: Katie Burkhart, ASU; Missy Penna, STAN; Anjelica Selden, 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; Mar. 27 - Melissa Rice, So., ORE; Apr. 3 - Brianne McGowan, Sr., OSU; Apr. 10 - Taryne Mowatt, Jr., ARIZ; Apr. 17 - Katie Burkhart, Jr., ASU; Apr. 24 - Taryne Mowatt, Jr., ARIZ.

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