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Softball Sweeps the Competition in Florida
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/15/2009
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Feb. 15, 2009

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TAMPA, Fla. -- No. 12 Arizona scored four runs in the first inning and and used three Hofstra errors to down the Pride, 10-0 in five innings, at their final game of the Wilson Tournament hosted by the Univeristy of South Florida on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Arizona improved their record to 7-2, going 5-0 over the weekend. Hofstra dropped to 2-2 on the season.

Lindsey Sisk (3-2) held Hofstra to three hits, striking out five in four innings pitched. The Cats scattered four hits off starter Kayleigh Lotti (2-1), who gave up six earned runs and walked seven in three innings pitched. Joanna Kralowetz pitched the other two, giving up four runs (one earned) on two hits in two innings pitched.

Brittany Lastrapes led off the game with a double off the glove of the center fielder. After Lauren Schutzler grounded out to short, Jenae Leles was intentionally walked and Sam Banister was walked on four straight to bring Stacie Chambers to the plate. The leading Arizona home run hitter thus far smacked her third of the year over the left field wall, giving Arizona a 4-0 lead before Hofstra saw the dish.

UA plated another run in the top of the second. A two-out bases-loaded walk to Banister scored Karissa Buchanan, upping the margin to 5-0. Arizona had already been issued two previous walks in the inning, and Lastrapes had tallied her second hit of the game.

Lastrapes nabbed her third hit of the game the next inning, a two-out RBI single that score Laine Roth from second. Schutzler grounded out to end the half with Arizona leading 6-0.

Arizona tacked on four more in the fourth. Leles singled to lead off and later scored the only earned run of the inning, courtesy of three Pride errors. Kristen Arriola smashed a hard grounder down the third base line through the legs of Sarah Michalowski to score Banister and Chambers. Arriola scored later in the inning to bring the final margin of 10-0.

In the fifth inning, both Alicia Banks and Mandy Monge saw plate time. For Banks, it was her second career at-bat. Monge took the dish for the first time in an Arizona uniform.

Jennifer Martinez pitched the fifth and final inning for the Cats with Monge doing the catching. Martinez issued two walks and hit a batter, but forced a groundout to end the game.

Up Next: Arizona will return to practice at Hillenbrand Stadium on Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. before hosting the Wildcat Invitational over the weekend. Their home opener against North Dakota State is at 4 p.m. on Friday.

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