#12 Arizona 3, #23 UW 0

SEATTLE - Taryne Mowatt pitched her sixth career no hitter and second consecutive shutout as the 12th ranked Arizona Wildcats beat 23rd ranked Washington 3-0 before 1,271 fans in the finale of a brief two game Pac-10 series at Husky Softball Stadium on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Brittany Lastrapes and Laine Roth had three hits each for the Wildcats as they spoiled Senior Day for pitcher Caitlin Noble and improved to 10-8 in the Pac-10 and 33-16 overall, while the Huskies dropped to 5-12 and 26-21-1. The Huskies also suffered their third straight loss by the same 3-0 score and saw their scoreless drought extended to 27 innings.

Mowatt (21-12) recorded her second straight double-digit strikeout game against the Huskies with 11, following 15 in Saturday's opener, en route to her sixth shutout and 26th complete game of the season. The only baserunners she allowed came on a pair of walks to Jace Williams and a free pass to Ashlyn Watson.

Mowatt also became the second Arizona pitcher to fire a no hitter against the Huskies, joining Alicia Hollowell, who accomplished the feat on April 30, 2006, also at Husky Softball Stadium.

As they did on Saturday, the Huskies had a chance to get on the board against MOwatt in the first inning, as Williams and Watson reached on walks, but Mowatt struck out Morgan Stuart swinging for the final out.

For their part, the Wildcats had runners on base in each of the first three innings against Noble (11-8), but came away empty. They had two runners aboard with one out in the first but Noble got Stacie Chambers to fly out to left and struck out Sam Banister swinging. In the second they had runners on at first and second when Adrienne Acton hit a liner that looked like it would drop for a hit but right fielder Bailey Stenson made a nice running catch off her shoe tops and threw to second to double up Roth, who had already rounded third.

In the third Lastrapes led off with an infield single but Noble set down the next three batters.

Arizona finally got to Noble for three runs in the fourth. Banister led off with her seventh home run of the season over the left field wall. Roth and Lauren Schutzler singled and pinch hitter Victoria Kemp walked to load the bases. Lastrapes then lined a 2-2 pitch to center to score Roth and K'Lee Arredondo followed with a sacrifice fly to right to plate Schutzler.

Noble, making her final home appearance in the circle, got roughed up, lasting only four and a third innings. She gave up the three runs on nine hits and four walks. She struck out three. She faced another bases loaded jam in the fifth with only one out when Husky head coach Heather Tarr brought in Aleah Macon.

Macon got the second out on a fielder's choice at home and struck out Action to keep the Huskies in the game.

Macon retired eight of nine batters she faced, giving up only a harmless walk to Roth in the seventh. She struck out three.

The Huskies look to rebound on the road when they face the Oregon State Beavers in a single game on Thursday, May 8 and the Oregon Ducks in a three game series Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10.


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