TUCSON--The Canadian National Team made the most of some UA mistakes to square things up in an exhibition doubleheader, taking the nightcap, 6-4. UA won the opener, 8-5.
University of Washington pitching ace Danielle Lawrie earned the victory in Game 2. The Langley, British Columbia, resident is taking a year away from school competing for the Olympic team. She struck out seven and made enough of a difference to keep UA's bats at bay in the closing innings. Lindsey Sisk took the loss for UA.
UA put the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh with a runner aboard and no outs, but Lawrie got a force-out, a flyout, and a strikeout to end the game.
But UA miscues helped fueled Canada's biggest rally.
The Cats booted it a bit in the second inning, allowing Canada to take a 3-0 lead, all runs unearned. Alison Bradley doubled to lead off and Tamra Howren singled, with Bradley holding at second. After a flyout, Erin Cumpstone walked to load the bases. K'Lee Arredondo mishandled the next ground ball at short to allow two runs in, then centerfielder Lauren Schutzler dropped a fly ball to allow Cumpstone to score.
Arizona took the lead in the third by batting around and scoring four, the big hit the Cats' fourth home run of the day, a three-run blast by Arredondo after a walk by Cyndi Duran and a bunt single by Schutzler. The Cats added another when pinch-hitter Victoria Kemp drove in a run being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Canada came right back to regain the lead with a walk by Jennifer Salling, a passed ball, and a double by Cumpstron. Melanie Matthews tripled down the rightfield line for the second run and Jennifer Yee singled up the middle to make it 6-4.
UA's power game helped it take the opener, 8-5, overcoming a 12-hit attack by Team Canada.
Arizona spotted the Canadians a run in the top of the first, then came back with two big clouts by the middle of its order to take a 4-1 lead -- two-run home runs by Sam Banister and Stacie Chambers. The UA batted around, in part due to a pair of errors by the Nationals, but three of the four runs were earned.
Canada's Erin McLean lined a home run to right to lead off the third and trim the margin to 4-2. Sheena Lawrick drew a walk off UA starter Taryne Mowatt and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After striking out two, Alison Bradley singled down the right field line to plate Lawrick and make it a one-run lead.
UA reliever Sarah Akamine, in her first appearance of the year, made a good defensive play to thwart a Canadian score in the fourth. Melanie Matthews led off with a double and was sacrificed to third. Akamine snared a hard shot up the middle and threw her out at home on the next play, and the subsequent single by Lawrick produced no run.
Banister's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning pushed the lead back to two runs, 5-3. Brittainy Lastrapes blasted a three-run homer in the UA fifth to extend the lead to 8-3, after a walk by Callista Balko and a single by Cyndi Duran.
The Cats turned a four-assist rundown in the top of the sixth to thwart a run. McLean singled off shortstop K'Lee Arredondo's glove, and base runner Matthews tried to score from second. Arredondo's throw to the plate got her in a rundown for the first out, helping strand two base runners.
Canada added a pair of unearned runs in the top of the seventh after a fielding error with two outs was followed by a pair of RBI singles by Matthews and Jennifer Yee. Both teams had three errors in the game.
Akamine was credited with the exhibition?victory in her four-inning stint.