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20070218 Wildcats Run Rule One Game, Make Dramatic Comeback in Another
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Release: 02/18/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">TUCSON</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </B>No. 4 Arizona used four home runs to run-rule Virginia, 12-3, in a six-inning game, before riding a six-run inning in a 7-3 comeback victory over Middle Tennessee State in the Worth Wildcat Invitational.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Homers Power Cats Past <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Virginia</st1:place></st1:State><o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> scored two runs in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 6-0 advantage over the Cavaliers entering the fifth inning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After <st1:State w:st="on">Virginia</st1:State> scored three runs to cut the Wildcats&rsquo; lead in half, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> exploded for six runs to invoke the mercy rule.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With the victory, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> improved to 7-2 on the season, while the loss dropped the Cavs to 5-4.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Callista Balko went 2-for-2 with four RBI, as she homered twice for the Wildcats, including a shot to left to prompt the run rule.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Balko&rsquo;s first blast, ignited the UA offense in the second inning for its initial two runs of the contest.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Kristie Fox, who notched a pair of RBI hits, clubbed her third home run of the year to tie Balko for the team lead, to double UA&rsquo;s lead to a 4-0 margin in the third inning.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the fourth, K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo made <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Virginia</st1:place></st1:State> pay for intentionally walking Caitlin Lowe ? who scored three runs while reaching base four times in the game ? with an RBI single.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Prior to the base knock, the crowning play of the game came as Lowe received the fourth ball in her intentional pass.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Having been issued first base and with Balko on third, Lowe raced past first without hesitation and surprised the Cavaliers by stealing second immediately after the walk.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Stunned, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Virginia</st1:place></st1:State> pitcher Karla Wilburn hesitated before realizing Balko had raced home in an unlikely but successful double steal.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Up 6-3 in the sixth, Jenae Leles followed a Fox RBI base knock by going deep for the second day in a row.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Chelsie Mesa followed Leles&rsquo; bomb with a triple and would score on an RBI single by Laine Roth.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That set the stage for Balko, who ended the contest with her second home run of the evening.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Taryne Mowatt (4-2) earned the victory, striking out seven Cavs while allowing three runs on four hits in six innings of work.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Cats Use Six-Run Frame to Come Back and Defeat MTSU<o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> appeared to come out fired up for its second game of the evening, as the Wildcats scored one run on three hits in the opening frame against the Blue Raiders.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, UA played listlessly through five innings, trailing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Middle</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> (2-6) by two runs entering the sixth inning.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Blue Raiders used a pair of solo home runs and a suicide squeeze to take a 3-1 advantage over the fourth-ranked Wildcats and appeared to be in control of the game.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Jenae Leles led off the sixth for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> with the first of what would be five hits and six runs for the Wildcats in the inning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Chelsie Mesa and Laine Roth followed Leles with singles of their own, loading the bases for Balko who drew an RBI walk, cutting the deficit to a 3-2 margin.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A Sam Banister fielder&rsquo;s choice tied the game at three runs apiece, setting the stage for pinch hitter Taryne Mowatt.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The junior pitcher took advantage of the opportunity to hit by notching a game-winning, two-run single to center for UA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Two batters later, K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo hit a towering double off the left field wall ? good for one run, while Kristie Fox plated <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s sixth run of the inning with an RBI groundout.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Mowatt would remain in the game to toss the final two innings of a game Sarah Akamine (4-0) started, as the two hurlers combined to strike out 11 Blue Raiders in a win that propelled <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to its eighth win in 10 games this year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Other Worth Wildcat Invitational scores from Saturday:<o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><st1:State w:st="on">Virginia</st1:State> 11, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Temple</st1:place></st1:City> 8</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><st1:State w:st="on">Texas</st1:State> Tech 10, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Temple</st1:City></st1:place> 2</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><st1:State w:st="on">Texas</st1:State> Tech 6, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Middle</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> 0</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Sunday&rsquo;s Schedule<o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify">10 a.m.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Third Place</st1:address></st1:Street> Game <st1:State w:st="on">Virginia</st1:State> vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Middle</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify">12:30 p.m. Championship Game <st1:State w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Arizona</B></st1:State> vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Texas</st1:State></st1:place> Tech</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Game Notes: <o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore">-<SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s 2006 national championship team was honored in between its games versus <st1:State w:st="on">Virginia</st1:State> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Middle</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Up Next: </B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> will play in the championship game of the Worth Wildcat Invitational at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Sunday versus Texas Tech.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fans in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> can tune in to KCUB 1290 AM The Source, as Brian Jeffries will call the action.</P>
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