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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/23/2008
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Box Score vs. Massachusetts?

Box Score vs. Long Island?

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. ?C The ninth-ranked Arizona softball team (5-4) defeated Massachusetts (2-6) and Long Island (3-5) by 4-2 and 4-0 margins, respectively, on Saturday in Palm Springs Classic action.

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The pair of victories marks three wins in a row for the Wildcats and improves UAˇ?s record to 5-4 in its 2008 campaign.

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Arizona 4, Massachusetts 2 (13 innings)

Taryne Mowatt (2-3) kept the UMass offense at bay for 12 innings until the Wildcats got on the board with four runs in the top of the 13th to take a 4-2 marathon victory over the Minutewomen.

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Mowatt struck out 16 UMass hitters allowed just one earned run and four hits in 13 innings of work.? UMass pitcher Brandice Balschmiter (2-3) went the distance for her squad, but gave up four runs in the 13th, which would be a deal-breaker in the game.

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To start the 13th, Stacie Chambers advanced Jenae Leles, who began the frame on second base due to the international tie-breaker, to third base, bringing Callista Balko to the plate.? UAˇ?s senior catcher had two doubles on the game, and made her fifth plate appearance of the afternoon count by driving Leles home on a third basemanˇ?s error.? Two Wildcat singles later to load the bases, pinch hitter Victoria Kemp cleared the bases with a three-run double.

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In the bottom of the 13th, UMass scored a pair of runs and ended the game with the bases loaded.? However, the Minutewomenˇ?s best opportunity came in 11th inning, when a leadoff single nearly scored the runner from second, until center fielder Adrienne Acton gunned down Michelle Libby on a bang-bang play at the plate.

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The Wildcats out-hit UMass seven to four, and UA stranded 10 runners, while the Minutewomen left 11 runners on.

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Arizona 4, Long Island 0

Freshman pitcher Lindsey Sisk (3-1) hurled her second consecutive shutout, as she allowed four hits in seven innings of work against the Blackbirds.? In two starts this weekend, Sisk has allowed no runs over 12 innings pitched and has yet to surrender a base on balls.

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Offensively, Jenae Leles led the Wildcats with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate with two RBI and a triple.

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UA jumped on LIU early by taking a one-run lead in the first on a Leles single, scoring Sam Banister who had doubled to reach scoring position.

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In the third, Banister, who finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, clubbed her second double of the game and fourth two-bagger of the season to drive in Brittany Lastrapes.

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Three innings later, Adrienne Acton chopped an infield single to plate Stacie Chambers ?C increasing UAˇ?s lead to a 3-0 margin.

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In the seventh inning, following a Kˇ?Lee Arredondo double, Leles laced her second career triple down the right field line to bring the game to its final 4-0 score.

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Up Next: Arizona wraps up play at the Palm Springs Classic on Sunday morning with a 9 a.m. (PST) contest against No. 6 LSU.

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