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Cats Split Another Day at Kajikawa Classic
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/07/2009
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Feb. 7, 2009

GAME 1

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Lauren Delaney held No. 7 Arizona to four hits, and No. 9 Northwestern scored three runs in the fifth to defeat UA 3-1 in front of an 606 in attendance at the Kajikawa Classic on Saturday morning.

Delaney (2-1) struck out four and walked five in the complete game. Lindsey Sisk (0-2) was credited with her second straight loss, after allowing three earned runs on eight hits. The sophomore tallied three strikeouts and two walks in 6 innings.

All four of the games' runs came in the fifth inning, with Arizona (1-2) breaking the ice. Victoria Kemp drew a one-out walk, and Lauren Schutzler followed with a bloop single off the glove of the shortstop to put runners on first and second. Brittany Lastrapes drew the second walk of the inning to load the bases for Arredondo, who was walked on four pitches to score Kemp, 1-0. After Leles popped out, Lini Koria grounded out to end the half with the lead.

Northwestern (2-1) took the lead in the bottom half. Kelly Dyer tied the game with a leadoff home run to right center, and a walk, hit batter and a base hit loaded the bags. Nicole Pauly darted a grounder past the outstretched Leles and into the corner, scoring two runs and giving NU a 3-1 lead. A popup and groundout ended the inning.

Arizona had threatened in the fourth, when K'Lee Arredondo led off with a first-pitch double to right centerfield, and Jenae Leles was walked on four pitches putting two on with no outs. But a strikeout and two deep flyouts ended the scoring chance for Arizona, leaving the runners stranded.

In UA's last at-bats, Schutzler singled to lead off and with two outs, Leles was hit by a pitch and lifted for pinch-runner Karissa Buchanan. Koria smashed a hard grounded right to the shortstop who's throw to third base went awry, keeping the game alive for the time being. But Stacie Chambers grounded out to second base to end contest.

Up Next: Arizona will take on Nevada at 12:30 p.m.

GAME 2

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona clawed back after a disappointing first game to score 7 runs and defeat the No. 23 Nevada Wolf Pack, 7-2, in their fourth game in 24 hours at the Kajikawa Classic.

With the win, UA evened their record at 2-2.

Sarah Akamine pitched the complete game, giving up two runs on five hits. The Escondido, Calif. native also struck out three and walked two. The Cats chased Nevada starter Katie Holverson after three innings. She had given up five runs on six hits, with three strikeouts. Mallary Darby pitched the other three, giving up two runs on two hits and also striking out three.

Stacie Chambers led off the second inning with a base hit off of the first baseman. Sam Banister followed up by slicing a double into the left centerfield gap, plating Chambers and opening the game's scoring. After a sacrifice bunt by Kristen Arriola moved Banister to third, she scored when Karissa Buchanan reached on a throwing error. Buchanan was caught stealing on a questionable call to end the inning up 2-0.

Arizona tacked on three more in the next inning. K'Lee Arredondo led off with another double, her second in as many days. Then, Brittany Lastrapes singled up the middle, but Arredondo was held at third. After a groundout, Lini Koria reached on a fielder's choice and Arredondo beat the throw home to score another run. Chambers singled up the middle, scoring Lastrapes, and pinch runner Victoria Kemp scored on the next at-bat when the throw for the force-out at third went into the dugout. A strikeout by pinch-hitter Alicia Banks ended the inning with the Cats up 5-0.

The Wolf Pack put two on the board in the top of the fourth, when Sam Bias slammed a one-out, two-RBI homer to left center. Akamine forced a popup and a strikeout to end the half, 5-2 Arizona.

Nevada threatened again in the sixth. Britton Murdock reached on a fielder's choice, and moved to third on a base hit by Kelsey Starr. The game reached a standstill with one out, when Jenae Leles ran into Murdock while positioning herself to catch a foul popup. Leles dropped the ball, Murdock was called out for interference, and a six minute delay ensued as the umpires gathered with Nevada skipper Matt Meuchel. After the delay, it was announced that the game was being played under protest. A diving catch by Brittany Lastrapes ended the Wolf Pack threat.

UA added some insurance in the bottom half, courtesy of a two-run double from Brittany Lastrapes that scored freshman Kristen Arriola and Karissa Buchanan, to bring the final score of 7-2

Up Next: Arizona will take UCSB at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

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