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20070512 Banister?s Walk-Off Blast Gives UA Senior Day Win
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Release: 05/12/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><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></st1:place><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> ? </B>Arizona capped off its regular season in dramatic fashion and sent its three seniors off after Sam Banister hit a walk-off, solo home run in the eighth inning to give UA a 5-4 win over Washington.</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 third-ranked Wildcats, who clinched their 10<SUP>th</SUP> Pac-10 title in school history last weekend, improved to 39-12-1 overall and wrapped up Pac-10 play with a league-best 15-5-1 record.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">No. 11 Washington fell to 35-16 on the year and 12-9 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">Wildcat ace Taryne Mowatt (31-10) threw her 37<SUP>th</SUP> complete game of the year in the victory.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s Danielle Lawrie took the loss after relieving Caitlin Noble in the sixth inning.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><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> took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to the speed of Caitlin Lowe and some productive outs by her teammates.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lowe led off the bottom of the first with a bunt single and stole her 46<SUP>th</SUP> base of the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Coming off a four-hit game on Friday night, Chelsie Mesa moved Lowe to third with a groundout.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After Kristie Fox drew a walk, Jenae Leles flied a ball to shallow right field that was just deep enough to score Lowe on a sacrifice fly.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The 1-0 score held firm until the top of the fourth, when <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s Lauren Greer hit a home run with one runner on to give UW a 2-1 advantage.</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">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> tacked on two more runs in the sixth to increase its lead to 4-1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Lawrie got the Huskies an insurance run with a solo home run.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Next, Alicia Matthews drew a walk, before she was lifted for pinch runner Amanda Fleischman.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That brought Greer back to the plate and she responded by lacing an RBI double down the left field line to score Fleischman.</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> responded with three runs in its half of the sixth to tie the game 4-4.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With what at the time appeared to be Fox&rsquo;s last at-bat at Hillenbrand Stadium, the UA senior got the first of three consecutive Wildcat singles to start the frame.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Leles followed with a base knock to center to give UA runners at the corners.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That brought up Callista Balko, who was 0-for-5 on the weekend with runners in scoring position.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> native came through with a clutch infield single to plate Fox.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Sam Banister laid down a successful sacrifice bunt to advance Balko and Leles to second and third, respectively.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following the sac bunt, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State></st1:place> coach Heather Tarr called on yesterday&rsquo;s winner Lawrie to enter the circle as a relief pitcher.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sarah Akamine cut the deficit to one run with a sac fly to left, scoring Leles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Next, K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo tied the game with UA&rsquo;s fourth hit of the inning, a single to score Balko.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">After Mowatt retired the side in the top of the seventh, setting the stage for a dramatic bottom of the seventh with <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s three senior hitters due up.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Lowe was thrown out to lead off the inning after she tried to reach on her second bunt single of the day.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Mesa</st1:City></st1:place> and Fox followed by drawing a pair of walks, but Lawrie retired the next two hitters to take the game to extra innings. </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></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>Taryne Mowatt passed Nancy Evans for fifth place on <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s career strikeout list.</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:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> improved to 1-1-1 in extra-inning games this year.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><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> awaits to hear its postseason fate, as ESPNews will announce the 64-team NCAA Tournament field on Saturday between noon and 1 p.m. (MST/PDT).</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The tournament format includes 16 on-campus regional sites featuring four teams playing a double-elimination bracket for the right to advance to the super regional round.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After that, the 16 regional winners will be broken into eight pairs and will play best-of-three game series across eight campus sites playing for a berth in the 2007 Women&rsquo;s College World Series in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma City</st1:place></st1:City>.</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> has played host to an NCAA regional 12 times in the last 14 years, including each of the last four seasons.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Should <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> be selected to host, current <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> ticket holders who pre-order tickets online at www.arizonaathletics.com before 5 p.m. on May 14 will be given seating priority.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Non-season ticket holders who pre-order tickets before the May 14, 5 p.m. deadline will be given the best available seats. After the season ticket holder allocation has been distributed.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Beginning May 15 at 9 a.m., all remaining tickets will be sold and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Single game tickets will go on sale on May 17 at 9 a.m.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Fans can order tickets at arizonaathletics.com or by calling (520) 621-CATS or (800) 452-2287.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P>
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