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Posted Apr 26, 2010, 2:39 pm
Only seven times before freshman pitcher Kenzie Fowler's outing this weekend has a University of Arizona softball pitcher pitched a perfect game.
Fowler can add herself to that list after she sat down all 15 batters she faced in No. 3 Arizona’s 8-0 victory over the Oregon St. Beavers on Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium.
The game was called in the fifth inning to the mercy rule, after Brittany Lastrapes hit her fourteenth homerun of the season - a three run shot with the Wildcats already leading 5-0.
For Fowler, it was her fourth no-hitter of the season. She improved her season pitching record to 27-5 over the weekend. With three more wins, she will tie Becky Lemke, who reached the 30-win plateau in 2000 (30-7) and Debby Day, who reached it in 1991 with a record of 30-8.
The last Wildcat to throw a perfect game was Taryne Mowatt on March 18, 2006 against Cal State Northridge. That game also went five innings with the UA winning 9-0.
Fowler followed up her perfect game on Sunday with four strong innings, giving up only one run, a home run to the Beavers Paige Hall. Arizona also won Friday, 20-1.
Arizona (38-7 overall, 8-4 in Pac-10) gave up only two runs over the weekend and scored 37 against the Beavers (22-24, 2-10).
With the weekend sweep, Arizona took over second in the conference, with Oregon a game behind. The Wildcats were swept at Washington (36-5, 9-3) over a three game series on April 9-11.
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After a three game trip to California (34-13, 6-7) this coming weekend, the team will travel to Oregon (31-10, 7-5) for a three game series starting on May 7.