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20070419 Softball Falls to ASU, 6-3
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Release: 04/19/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">TEMPE</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </B>The third-ranked <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> softball team lost to ninth-ranked <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, 6-3, in front of a record crowd of 2,087 at Farrington Stadium on Wednesday night.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">ASU out-hit <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 12 to two in the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With the win, ASU improved to 40-10 on the year and 6-3 in Pac-10 play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Despite the loss, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> retains its lead in the Pac-10 standings with a 31-9 mark on the year and 7-2 record in conference play.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UA pitcher Sarah Akamine (8-2) drew the loss, while ASU&rsquo;s Katie Burkhart (22-8) earned the victory.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">ASU took a three-run lead in the first inning on a pair of singles and a home run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Kaitlin Cochran led off with a base knock to center and moved to second on a Bianca Cruz groundout.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Next, Ashley Muenz singled to center to plate Cochran for the game&rsquo;s first run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Two pitches later, second baseman Mindy Cowles flied a ball that rode a deep right that just cleared the wall for a two-run homer.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">After scoring just two runs in 14 innings against Burkhart in two previous games, the three-run deficit may have appeared to be an insurmountable one.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, UA mounted an unlikely second-inning comeback to tie the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Jenae Leles led off with a walk, but was still standing on first with two outs and an 0-2 count on Sam Banister.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA&rsquo;s sophomore from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Petaluma</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, battled to even the count at 2-2 before connecting for a single to center.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With two runners on, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tempe</st1:place></st1:City> native K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo stepped into the box in front of approximately two dozen family members.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The UA left fielder tattooed a ball down the right field line for her second home run of the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The round-tripper, which barely stayed fair, tied the game 3-3.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Akamine worked out of a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the third without allowing a run<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">ASU escaped a Wildcat run in the top of the fourth, as Callista Balko hit a fly ball to deep center that took Cochran all the way to the wall, before the ASU center fielder came down with the catch.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Sun Devils scored a pair of runs in their half of the fourth to take a 5-3 advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Cruz singled Jessica Mapes home to take the lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>ASU got its second run of the frames when Cowles drove in Cruz for her second RBI hit of the game.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">ASU tacked on another run in the fifth singled on four hits.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Cochran singled Michelle Smith home for ASU&rsquo;s sixth and final run of the contest.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Up Next: </B><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> returns to Hillenbrand Stadium to host the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> schools this weekend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA will take on <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> on Friday at 7 p.m., before facing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State></st1:place> on Saturday at 7 p.m. and at noon on Sunday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats&rsquo; Friday game can be seen via tape delay on Sunday on FSN.</P>
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