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Recap G1-G2 2-16-08
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/16/2008
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TEMPEˇ?The top-ranked Arizona softball team might not be for long, after opening its 2008 season with a pair of losses in Arizona Stateˇ?s Kajikawa Classic tournament on Saturday.

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UA can take comfort in the fact both losses came to top squads ?C the first to No. 6 Northwestern by a score of 8-5 and the second to No. 3 Texas A&M in a tight one, 3-2.

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In the first game the other Wildcats roughed up UA pitching ace Taryne Mowatt, and in the second game, freshman Lindsey Sisk held her own but a costly fielding error plated two runs late in the action.

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UA missed its regularly scheduled opening action Friday --? games against Notre Dame and Texas Tech ?C because of rain the metropolitan area, and had to enter Saturdayˇ?s action against NCAA-tested clubs without benefit of any previous action. Northwestern had its opener suspended by rain Friday in the sixth inning; A&M brought a 6-1 record into play against UA.

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GAME 1:

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Northwestern 8, Arizona 5? -?Box Score?

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TEMPE--No. 6-ranked Northwestern batted around in the third to plate five runs and take control in an 8-5 victory over top-ranked Arizona in UA's season opener at the Kajikawa Classic tournament here Saturday morning.

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NU opened its year behind solid pitching by Lauren Delaney (1-0), who struck out 11 and only got in trouble in UA's seventh, when the Cats made a bad loss look a little better with a four-run rally.

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Northwestern's big third and a couple of other rallies roughed up UA ace Taryne Mowatt (0-1), who gave up 12 hits -- seven for extras bases -- and all eight runs earned.

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Meantime, Arizona missed out on some chances, stranding nine base runners through the first six innings, including seven in scoring position.

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The Cats avoided the ignominy of a mercy-rule loss when third baseman Jenae Leles snared a line drive and made an unassisted double play after NU had an 8-1 lead and runners on the corners and no outs in the bottom of the sixth.

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Arizona got its first run when Leles led off the fourth being hit by a pitch, advanced to third on Stacie Chambers' double, and scoring on an RBI single by Sam Banister.

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Northwestern's third was highlighted by an RBI single by Nicole Pauly, a two-run double from Michelle Batts, a sacrifice fly by Erin Dyer and a run-scoring wild pitch by Mowatt.

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Pauly drilled a two-out, two-run home run an inning later to boost the lead to 7-1 after UA came up with its run in the top of the fourth, and Jessica Rigas socked another home run off Mowatt to make it 8-1 in the fifth.

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Brittany Lastrapes singled to lead off UA's seventh and an out later moved up when Leles drew a walk. After a second out, Banister doubled to left to drive in one run and Leles continued around when it was mishandled in the outfield. K'Lee Arredondo followed with a two-run home run to cap the scoring and at least give UA some key hitting in the game.

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Game 2

Texas A&M 3, Arizona 2 -?Box Score?

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Lindsey Sisk against TAMU
TEMPEˇ?No. 1 Arizona (0-2) suffered a second consecutive bout of untimely hitting, and dropped its second game of 2008 to No. 3 Texas A&M, 3-2, Saturday afternoon in the Kajikawa Classic tournament at ASU's Farrington Stadium in Tempe.

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A&M pitcher Megan Gibson remained perfect on the year at 5-0 in helping TAMU improve to 7-1 overall. She struck out only five batters, but scattered six hits and helped strand eight Wildcat base runners.

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On the other side Arizona freshman pitcher Lindsey Sisk (0-1) suffered an early bout of jitters, with enough pitches off the mark to allow the Aggies to take a quick lead.

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Texas A&M got a quick lead with one hit in the bottom of the first. Natalie Villareal drew a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch, and moved to third on a passed ball. Pitcher Megan Gibson's single to left brought in the first run.

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Arizona knotted it at one apiece on Stacie Chambers' first career home run, to right center.

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The Aggies scored a pair of unearned runs to regain the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Jami Lobpries walked, was bunted to second and moved to third on a single by Kelsey Spittler, who moved to second on the second out of the inning, a groundball.

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Macie Morrow lofted a fly ball to left center field, and freshman Brittany Lastrapes called off the converging shortstop and centerfielder, and dropped the ball to allow both runners to score.

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Arizona responded with one run in the top of the fifth on a sharply hit single by Jenae Leles off the second baseman's glove that drove in Lauren Schutzler, who had collected the first base hit of her UA career to lead off the inning. The inning might have been a bigger rally, but after Schutzler's hit and a walk to Lastrapes, K'Lee Arredondo hit into a double play. Chambers walked before Leles' hit, so UA stranded two runners when Sam Banister lined out to third.

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In altered tournament scheduling, the Wildcats will play an 11 a.m. game Sunday at Tempe Sports Complex against Nevada, then a planned doubleheader following against Southern Utah around 1 p.m.

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