#12 Arizona 3, #23 UW 0

SEATTLE - Taryne Mowatt continued Washington's offensive woes with a two hit shutout, giving the 12th-ranked Arizona Wildcats a 3-0 win over the 23rd-ranked Huskies at Husky Softball Stadium on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

With the loss the Huskies suffered their second straight shutout loss following a 3-0 setback to second ranked Arizona State on Friday, and dropped to 5-11 in the Pac-10 and 26-20-1. Arizona improved to 9-8, good for at least a third place tie in the Pac-10 and 32-16 overall.

The game began with Arizona loading the bases in the top of the first on a hit batter and two walks, but Husky starter Aleah Macon (15-13) struck out Sam Banister swinging to end the inning.

The Huskies had a chance to get to Mowatt (20-12) in the bottom of the second when they loaded the bases on singles by Alicia Blake and Bailey Stenson and a hit batter, but Mowatt got out of the inning unscathed by striking out the side.

Mowatt only allowed one more baserunner the rest of the game when she walked Marnie Koziol with one out in the bottom of the third, but catcher Callista Balko threw out Koziol attempting to steal second, and Mowatt proceeded to retire the final 13 Huskies she faced. She struck out 15 in her fifth shutout and 25th complete game of the season.

In the loss, Macon went five innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits and four walks. She struck out five.

The Wildcats got to Macon for all three runs in the top of the third. K'Lee Arredondon led off with a chop single over the head of Dru Hester at third base, took second on a ground out by Jenae Leles and scored on a line single to right center field by Stacie Chambers. Laine Roth walked and Banister reached to load the bases when Amanda Fleischman bobbled her grounder to short for an error. Macon struck out Balko swinging for the second out but Cyndi Duran lined a single to right to score Chambers and Roth and put the Wildcats on top 3-0.

Caitlin Noble relieved Macon in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings. She struck out three, including the final two batters she faced.

The Huskies conclude their home season when they host the Wildcats on Sunday, May 4, at 12:00 noon. Noble, the lone Husky senior, will make her final home appearance.

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