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By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 13, 2009
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Feb. 13, 2009


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TAMPA, Fla. -- No. 12 Arizona wasted no time in putting 10 on the board and downing the Marshall Thundering Herd, 10-4, in their first game at the Wilson Tournament hosted by USF Friday afternoon.

Arizona scored four runs in the first and second innings, and tacked on two more in the third to complete their tallies. Junior Sarah Akamine improved her record to 3-0 with an 11-hit, four-run performance. The Escondido, Calif. native gave up two earned runs, walked two and struck out three in 6.2 innings.

Redshirt senior Jennifer Martinez saw her first action in an Arizona uniform in the seventh inning, relieving Akamine with two outs. Martinez gave up a hit, but closed out the game.

Marshall hurler Caitlyn Jackson (1-1) was pulled before getting an out, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk. Because the lead never changed hands, she was credited with the loss. Autumn Mitchell pitched four innings, giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out four, and Katie Murphree pitched the other three, giving up two hits.

The first five Arizona (3-2) batters reached base before Jackson got the hook. Lini Koria hit an RBI single, followed by a Stacie Chambers two-run double. Sam Banister's fielder's choice scored Koria later in the inning to take a 4-0 lead. Banister was later forced out at second to end the inning, after the entire lineup had seen the dish.

The second inning was much of the same for the Cats. The top four hitters reached base and scored, including a bases-clearing, two-run double by Jenae Leles. Banister's sacrifice fly plated Koria to extend the lead to 4-0.

Marshall (3-2) scored four of their own in the bottom half. An error sandwiched between two base hits preceded a bases-clearing double by Rachel Schmidt. A Joscelyn Bitner single up the middle scored Schmidt to give the Herd their only tallies.

UA tacked on two more, courtesy of Leles once again. This time, she singled to right field, scoring the sophomore duo of Lauren Schutzler and Brittany Lastrapes.

From then on, Akamine and company kept Marshall off the board even though Akamine gave up five more hits, and Martinez gave up one.


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TAMPA, Fla. -- Lauren Schutzler's eighth-inning single scored Laine Roth, and Sam Banister followed up with a grand slam to break a 2-2 tie and carry the No. 12 Wildcats to a 7-2 victory in the Wilson Tournament against host USF in the nightcap on Friday.

With the international tiebreak rule in effect, Roth took second base to start off extra innings. After Victoria Kemp sac bunted her over, Schutzler singled to bring her in and give Arizona a 3-2 lead. A Brittany Lastrapes double and Jenae Leles walk later, Banister cleared the bases with a grand slam - her first jack of the season - to give the Cats a 7-2 insurmountable lead.

USF loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half, but two popups ended the game.

Lindsey Sisk (1-2) picked up her first win of the year, after surrendering the lead in the sixth. The Murrieta, Calif. native gave up one earned run on three hits, while walking four and striking out three. Brittany Bowles (0-1) was charged with the loss, in giving up five runs (four earned), while matching the strikeout and walk total of Sisk in 4 innings pitched. Cristi Ecks was relieved in the fifth, after giving up two earned runs on four hits.

In the Arizona first, Lastrapes led off with a single up the middle, but was out three pitches later when K'Lee Arredondo reached on a fielder's choice. Leles doubled down the left field line, but Arredondo limped to third base, injured on the play. Kristen Arriola came into run, and both scored on a double off the right centerfield wall by Banister. After Stacie Chambers reached on an error, two consecutive outs ended the half with Arizona up, 2-0.

Arriola stayed in the game on defense, but moved to second while Kemp went to shortstop.

The game was delayed in the bottom of the first when Sisk was called for two illegal pitches in a row, prompting Coach Mike Candrea to argue. A study session of sorts ensued as the rulebook was pulled out in the Arizona dugout. All three umpires met with Candrea for about 15 minutes before the game resumed.

A few pitches later, Laura Fountain scored on another illegal pitch, bringing the Bulls within one.

Arizona threatened in the top of the fourth when Kemp reached on a fielder's choice with two outs. After stealing second, she moved to third on a Schutzler infield single. Lastrapes was hit to load the bases, but Arriola grounded out to the pitcher, leaving three runners stranded.

The Bulls almost plated the tying run in the fifth when Ashley Bullion singled and stole second. After a two-out walk to Lauren Richardson, Roth couldn't handle an underhand toss from Sisk on a Tara Toscano hit. Bullion slowed, thinking the play at first was made, and was caught at the dish when Roth's throw home found Chambers, who held onto the ball after a collision.

Fountain's two-out triple off the wall scored pinch-runner Lauren Rodriguez to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth.

Up Next: Arizona will take on Illinois at 11 a.m. before playing USF again at 4 p.m.