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20070401 No. 5 Wildcats Rally Past No. 14 Bruins, 11-2
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Release: 04/01/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">LOS ANGELES, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place> ? </B>Kristie Fox hit a three-run, fifth-inning home run to put No. 5 Arizona ahead of No. 14 UCLA in a crucial 11-2 Pac-10 road win for the Wildcats on Sunday.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The victory was <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s largest victory over UCLA since a 16-3 victory on April 3, 1998.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">After being held scoreless for the first 11 innings of the series against the Bruins, UA made the final three innings count with 11 runs.<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">Every Wildcat starter had at least one hit and all but one scored at least one run in the nine-run victory.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Offensively, UA was led by Adrienne Acton, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The three-hit game was the second in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Acton</st1:City></st1:place>&rsquo;s career.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With the win, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> improves to 26-8 on the year and 2-1 in Pac-10 play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UCLA drops to 25-9 with a 1-2 mark in Pac-10 play.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UA pitcher Taryne Mowatt (19-7) threw every pitch of the weekend and allowed only two runs on three hits in her first career victory over UCLA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Bruin starter Anjelica Selden (13-5) lasted 5.1 innings and gave up eight runs on 10 hits in a losing effort.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UCLA took advantage of a scoring opportunity its half of the first to jump out to a 1-0 lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Krista Colburn singled, stole second and was singled home by Jodie Legaspi.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With two Bruins on and no one out, Mowatt buckled down and squelched the rally before UCLA scored any additional runs.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The one-run margin held firm until Legaspi accounted for a second Bruin run with a solo home run to left-center field. </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the fifth, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> got the leadoff hitter on base for the third time in the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sarah Akamine was the benefactor of UCLA&rsquo;s second fielding error of the day ? this time on a mishandled groundball by second baseman Lisa Dodd.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, a Sam Banister strikeout, a K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo groundout quickly gave the Wildcats two outs with a runner on second.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Acton</st1:place></st1:City> put runners on the corners with a two-out, two-strike single to center, bringing Lowe to the plate.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The UA senior slapped a ball to UCLA third baseman Julie Burney whose brief bobble was enough time to allow all Wildcat runners to advance a base, which included pinch runner Jill Malina to cross home.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Chelsie Mesa followed with an RBI single to center, scoring <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Acton</st1:place></st1:City> and tying the game 2-2.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That set the stage for Fox, who tomahawked her 10<SUP>th</SUP> home run of the year over the Easton Stadium scoreboard in left-center field for a three-run jack, giving UA a 5-2 advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All five UA runs in the inning were unearned.<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">The Wildcat offense continued its onslaught in the sixth, knocking <st1:place w:st="on">Selden</st1:place> out of the game and scoring three runs on four hits to increase its lead to 8-2.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Banister snapped a 1-for-16 slump with a double off the top of the center field fence to get things started.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arredondo then doubled home pinch runner Danielle Rodriguez for UA&rsquo;s first run of the frame.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Acton</st1:place></st1:City> followed with an infield single to put runners at the corners for the Cats with the top of the order coming up.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe moved Acton to second, setting the table for Mesa who atoned for a pair of missed opportunities earlier in the game with a two-run single to center to break the game open 8-2.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> tacked on three more runs in the seventh with three hits and a pair of Bruin errors.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><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"><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>Today&rsquo;s victory is UA&rsquo;s first over UCLA since a 5-4 win over the Bruins on April 4, 2004 in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The win also snaps an eight-game UA losing streak to UCLA.</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>The nine-run margin was the largest <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> victory over UCLA since a 16-3 win on April 3, 1998.</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">Up Next: </B><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> returns to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City></st1:place> for its Pac-10 home opener against No. 9 Arizona State at 7 p.m. on Friday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats and Sun Devils will also play on Saturday at 7 p.m. in a contest that will be televised live on ESPN2.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fans are asked to wear red to Saturday&rsquo;s Rivalry Red Out.</P>
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