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Softball Suffers First Loss of Season to Washington, 7-6
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/21/2004
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March 21, 2004

FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 9 Washington Huskies upset No. 1 Arizona softball on Sunday in the championship game of the Kia Klassic, 7-6. The loss marks the Wildcats' first loss of the season and puts Arizona's record at 34-1.

Sophomore pitcher Leslie Wolfe suffered her first loss of the season, in relief, allowing two runs on four hits including the game-winning home run to Husky right fielder Aimee Minor.

UA senior Wendy Allen was roughed up in four innings of starting pitching, allowing eight hits and five runs. Wolfe was in position for the victory after UA scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to give UA a shortly-held 6-5 lead.

Washington struck early in the game when second baseman Dominique Lastrapes singled to second, followed by a homer to left by Minor to put the Huskies up, 2-0.

Washington scored another run in the top of the third, when Lastrapes ground-rule doubled off the wall in right center. Lastrapes scored on a single by catcher Kristen Rivera, giving Washington a three-run lead.

The Huskies added another pair in the fourth, leading off with three singles in a row by third baseman Kathy Fiske, shortstop Amanda Oleson and pinch hitter Callie Bergan. Minor hit a two-run RBI double down the left field line, scoring Oleson and Bergan before the inning ended with the Washington up, 5-0.

Arizona came to life in the bottom half of the fourth, when Wendy Allen doubled to center, followed by a two-run homer to left field by Mackenzie Vandergeest.

Wolfe entered in the fifth and held the Huskies at bay, and Arizona's offense came to the plate to take the lead for the first time in the game. Junior Crystal Farley singled to third, followed by a single to second by Caitlin Lowe and a single to the pitcher by Autumn Champion, loading the bases for Allen. Allen drew a walk, scoring Farley for the Cats' third run of the game. Vandergeest hit a single through the left side, scoring Lowe and Champion, and advanced to second on the play. Kristie Fox doubled to right, scoring Allen, before the inning ended with Arizona up, 6-5. Vandergeest would end the night having gone three-for-four with four RBI and a run.

Washington struck back in the top of the sixth, when the Huskies repeated the first inning. Lastrapes singled, followed by another homer by Minor, scoring the final and winning runs for Washington. Minor went three-for-three with six RBI on the night.

Arizona will rest for a week before contending with the U.S. Olympic team on Friday, March 26th at 6 p.m. at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Arizona's 34-game winning streak to open the year was its best start in school history, eclipsing a pair of 31-game starts by the 2001 and 1994 Wildcat squads. UA's best overall winning streak is the NCAA record 47-game skein spanning the 1996-97 seasons.

UA acting head coach Larry Ray saw the loss dampen a weekend in which he won his 200th collegiate victory as a head coach. Ray, who coached five (four of competition) seasons starting a new program at Florida, is 203-107 overall.

Arizona has a history of taking phenomenal records to Fullerton, yet dropping games at the highly competitive Kia Klassic, which draws top-rated teams from across the country. The tournament usually re-introduces the Wildcats to Pac-10 opponents in non-conference action.

2004 Kia Klassic
#9 Washington vs #1 Arizona
Mar 21, 2004 at Fullerton, Calif. (Titan SB Complex)

Washington 7

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB ------------------------------------------------------ Lastrapes, Dominique 2b.. 4 3 3 0 0 0 1 5 0 Minor, Aimee rf.......... 3 2 3 6 1 0 0 0 0 Hyatt, Sarah 1b.......... 3 0 0 0 1 0 9 0 2 Wilkinson, Jessica pr... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Rivera, Kristen c........ 4 0 1 1 0 1 8 1 0 Tyson, Dena dh........... 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 Fiske, Kathy 3b.......... 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 Oleson, Amanda ss........ 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 Jeffries, Courtney lf.... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Bergan, Callie ph....... 3 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 Roach, Rita cf........... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 Boek, Ashley p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Bollinger, Tia p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Totals................... 33 7 12 7 2 5 21 7 7

Arizona 6

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB ------------------------------------------------------ Caitlin Lowe cf.......... 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 Autumn Champion lf....... 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 Wendy Allen p............ 3 2 2 1 1 0 5 0 0 A. Von Liechtenstein pr. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Mackenz. Vandergeest c... 4 1 3 4 0 1 6 0 0 Kristie Fox ss........... 4 0 2 1 0 1 1 2 0 Jackie Coburn 3b......... 4 0 1 0 0 3 0 4 2 Shelly Schultz 1b........ 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 4 Samantha Quintero 2b..... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 Crystal Farley rf........ 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 Leslie Wolfe dh.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 Totals................... 32 6 11 6 1 8 21 10 6

Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Washington.......... 201 202 0 - 7 12 0 Arizona............. 000 240 0 - 6 11 0 -----------------------------------------

LOB - WASH 7; ARIZ 6. 2B - Lastrapes; Minor; Allen; Fox. HR - Minor 2; Vandergeest.

Washington IP H R ER BB SO AB BF ----------------------------------------------- Boek, Ashley........ 5.0 6 2 2 0 6 21 21 Bollinger, Tia...... 2.0 5 4 4 1 2 11 12

Arizona IP H R ER BB SO AB BF ----------------------------------------------- Wendy Allen......... 4.0 8 5 5 1 3 20 21 Leslie Wolfe........ 3.0 4 2 2 1 2 13 14

Win - Bollinger. Loss - Wolfe. Save - Boek . Umpires - Start: 2:00 pm Time: 2:09 Attendance: 1017

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