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Cats Pick Up Two Saturday W's
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Release: 02/14/2009
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Feb. 14, 2009

GAME 1

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TAMPA, Fla. -- In a back-and-forth affair, No. 12 Arizona used the long ball to pull ahead late and never looked back in a 7-4 win over Illinois in their third game at the Wilson Tournament hosted by the University of South Florida on Saturday afternoon.

UA - the designated visitors for the third time this weekend - hit two sixth inning home runs to rally from a 4-3 deficit, giving Arizona (5-2) their first lead of the game. Stacie Chambers hit a one-out bomb to right field that landed on top of the batting cages to tie it and, an out later, Laine Roth made her first hit of the season count, blasting it over the left field fence to give the Cats a 5-4 lead.

Sophomore hurler Lindsey Sisk evened her record at 2-2 with a six-hit, four-run output. The Murrieta, Calif. product struck out four and issued three walks in the complete game. Monica Perry (3-2) took the loss in giving up five runs on six hits. She also issued five walks but struck out three in six innings. Ashley Wright pitched the final frame for the Fighting Illini, giving up two runs on three hits.

UA added some insurance in the seventh. Jenae Leles and Sam Banister both singled with one out, then Chambers advanced the runners into scoring position on a groundout. Victoria Kemp then cleared the bases with a double - her first hit of the season - to give the Cats a three run lead and the final margin of 7-4.

Illinois (5-3) lit the frame three times in their first at-bat. Three singles led off the game, the third of which hit the end of the glove of second baseman Kristen Arriola and scored Danielle Zymkowitz. As Hope Howell attempted to steal second in the next at-bat, the throw from Chambers went past the shortstop Kemp and into centerfield, scoring Jamie Adishian. Kelley Wedel singled into center to score Howell and give the Illini a 3-0 lead.

Arizona tied the game in the fourth. Walks issued to Lauren Schutzler and Leles paved the way for Banister to single and score the sophomore center fielder. Banister went to second on the throw home. Chambers followed up with a two-run bloop single down the right field line to match the scores. She was later caught stealing second, and a strikeout ended the inning, tied 3-3.

The Illini regained the lead in the bottom half. Wedel was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a double. With two outs, she scored on a wild pitch to make the score 4-3.

GAME 2

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TAMPA, Fla. -- No. 12 Arizona clawed their way through seven tough innings against host USF, to pull out a 6-4 victory in the Wilson Tournament hosted by South Florida on Saturday evening.

Junior Sarah Akamine (4-0) remained perfect on the season, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out three and walking two.

Arizona (6-2) scored the first runs of the game in the fourth. Stacie Chambers singled over the pitcher's head, and Victoria Kemp walked to put two on for pinch-hitter Kristen Arriola. The Garden Grove, Calif. native smacked a hard grounder off the bag at second, taking a weird bounce into shallow centerfield. Chambers scored easily, and the throw to third sailed into the USF dugout allowing Kemp to trot home, giving the Cats a 2-0 lead.

The Bulls (4-4) tied the game in their half, courtesy of a two-out, two-run double by Cat Olnick that scored Alison Savarese and Britta Giddens, both unearned.

UA grabbed the lead back in the next half. Lauren Schutzler singled and, an out later, Sam Banister singled to move her to second. Stacie Chambers followed up with a shot up the middle that plated Schutzler, making the score 3-2 in Arizona's favor. A strikeout and force out ended the inning.

The Cats finally chased starter Candace Howell (1-2) after 6.1 innings. She had given up five runs on seven hits, while walking six and striking out five. In the top of the seventh, both Chambers and Lini Koria reached base, prompting the switch from USF Coach Ken Eriksen. The Bulls went to Kristen Gordon, who gave up base hits to Kemp, Karissa Buchanan and Brittany Lastrapes, widening the Arizona margin to 6-2 before a groundout ended the half.

Akamine ran into trouble in the USF last at-bats. After loading the bases with no outs, leadoff hitter Janine Richardson smacked a bloop into shallow right to cut the deficit to three. The next hitter, Tara Toscano bounced a hard grounder through the left side to score Ashley Bullion, but Gina Kafalas was cut down at third base on the throw from Lastrapes. An out later, JoJo Medina singled to load the bases again, but Savarese grounded back to Akamine to end the game.

Up Next: Arizona will take on Hofstra on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. ET (9 a.m. Tucson time.)

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