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No. 3 Cats Win Comeback Thriller over Stanford
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/07/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Kristie Fox doubled home Autumn Champion from first with two outs in the seventh inning to bring UA to a 3-2 victory over Stanford in front of 1,741 screaming Wildcat fans at Hillenbrand Stadium on Saturday night.

 

The third-ranked Arizona softball team (39-9, 10-6) entered the seventh inning down 2-1, but Laine Roth’s leadoff double started the game-winning rally in UA’s win over No. 8 Stanford (35-14, 7-10).

 

Senior Kelly Nelson pinch ran for Roth and was moved over to third on an Adrienne Acton sacrifice slap to the left side.  From there, the top of the order and the UA All-Americans took over.

 

Caitlin Lowe scored Nelson on a sacrifice fly to left field to tie the game.  Then, Autumn Champion reached first on her third single of the night.  With two outs and a 1-0 count, Kristie Fox drilled Stanford pitcher Becky McCullough’s 1-0 offering to center field, which brought Champion around to score on a play at the plate.

 

Alicia Hollowell (21-4) and McCullough (9-4) went the distance in the circle for their respective teams, despite giving up a combined 17 hits.  

 

The Wildcats and Cardinal banged out 10 and seven hits, respectively, but also left a combined 14 runners on base.

 

The Wildcats cashed in on a prime opportunity in the third inning, as the first three hitters loaded the bases.  Adrienne Acton led off with a single to center and Caitlin Lowe and Autumn Champion followed with a pair of bunt singles.  With the bases juiced, Kristie Fox worked the count 3-1 and drove McCullough’s offering to deep right field, but died just before the wall for a sacrifice fly to score Acton.  UA would get only that run, as Balko and Leles were retired.

 

In the top of the fourth, Stanford responded with a two-run homer off the bat of Lindsay Key.  Maddy Coon led off the inning with a single and two outs later Key cracked the go-ahead home run to left field.

 

Arizona had at least one hit in six of the seven innings, including four leadoff hits, but scored in only two of its seven offensive frames.

 

Game Notes:

-         Laine Roth’s seventh-inning double was her first extra-base hit of league play.

-         Autumn Champion now has 64 career stolen bases, 287 base hits and 176 runs scored.  Each are in the top 10 of their respective lists in UA’s all-time record book.

 

Up next: The Wildcats next play tomorrow, as they will look to capture the season sweep against Stanford at 1 p.m at Hillenbrand Stadium. Brian Jeffries will be on hand to call all the action on KCUB 1290 AM.  Jeffries’ call and a live webcast will be available for All-Access subscribes on arizonaathletics.com.

 

 

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