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20070415 No. 4 Softball Defeats Cal, 5-2
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Release: 04/15/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1: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>On a blustery day that saw gusts of up to 40 mile per hour winds, an RBI infield double underscored the tone of a 5-2 <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> victory over <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> on Sunday afternoon.</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">For the second consecutive day, the fourth-ranked Wildcats came back from an early deficit to defeat the Golden Bears, giving UA its third win of the weekend and sixth straight in Pac-10 play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The victory gives <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> a 31-8 overall record and a conference-leading 7-1 mark in the Pac-10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Meanwhile, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Cal</st1:State></st1:place> drops to 25-23 overall and 2-7 in Pac-10 contests.</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">Arizona</st1:State> freshman pitcher Sarah Akamine (8-1) became the first Wildcat not named Taryne Mowatt to throw a pitch in a Pac-10 contest this year, as she got the starting nod for the first time since a March 24 victory over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:State></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The young pitcher did not disappoint, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings of work.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Akamine struck out five Golden Bear batters and did not allow a walk, before giving way to Mowatt to start the sixth inning.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>From there, Mowatt allowed one base runner and struck out four in two innings of work to earn her third save of the season.</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">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> starter Marissa Drewrey lasted three-plus innings, before turning the ball over to eventual loser Brittany LaRosa (4-8).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>LaRosa allowed a pair of runners she inherited from Drewrey to score and would allow two additional runs of her own accord to score in one-plus innings.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the top of the fourth, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> first baseman Christina Schallig broke the game&rsquo;s scoreless tie with a solo home run down the left field line ? her fourth home run of the year.</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">Arizona</st1:State> responded in its half of the fourth with three runs on three hits and two <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> errors.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Callista Balko started the rally with a walk and Laine Roth followed with a single to left.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The early signs of a rally prompted <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> head coach Diane Ninemire to bring LaRosa into the circle to relieve Drewrey.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">With a new arm in the circle, Sam Banister then laid down her second successful sacrifice bunt of the afternoon, moving the runners to second and third.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>During K&rsquo;Lee Arredondo&rsquo;s at-bat, the freshman got new life when <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> catcher Julie Meyer dropped a foul pop up just beyond the batter&rsquo;s box.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arredondo took advantage of the newfound-life at the plate by hitting a sharp line drive at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> second baseman Vernae Sevilla to load the bases with an infield single.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Next, Adrienne Acton drove in UA&rsquo;s first run of the game with another infield single, keeping the bases loaded for Caitlin Lowe.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Lowe hit a high pop up to second base, just beyond the infield dirt.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sevilla dropped the pop up and scurried to retire <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Acton</st1:place></st1:City> en route to second, but not before Roth came across the plate to tie the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Cal</st1:State></st1:place> infielders standing around, Lowe took off for second and drew just enough attention for Arredondo to scamper home with a swiped base of her own.</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">Cal</st1:State> cut into UA&rsquo;s 4-1 lead with another solo home run, this one by Alex Sutton, but <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> would get the run back in the sixth.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Once again, it was Lowe making things happen for UA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She started things off with a one-out single and got to second with her second steal of the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After Chelsie Mesa walked, Kristie Fox flied out.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Then, Jenae Leles hit a towering pop up between the circle and the third baseline, which no <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> infielder was able to get a glove on.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However with two outs, both Wildcat runners were running on contact, allowing Lowe to score and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Mesa</st1:City></st1:place> to advance to third on Leles unusual double.</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">Arizona</st1:State> had 10 hits and one error to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s six hits and two errors.</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>Junior outfielder Cyndi Duran, who pinch ran in the fifth, saw her first action since Feb. 24 against Texas A&amp;M.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Tucsonan had suffered an injury to her left hand during an exhibition game on Feb. 28.</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>Caitlin Lowe extended her team-leading hitting streak to eight games.</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>Caitlin Lowe stole her 143<SUP>rd</SUP> career base on Sunday, leaving her five stolen bases shy of Alison McCutcheon&rsquo;s school record of 148 steals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></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> extended its home winning streak to 14 games and improved to 20-1 on the year at Hillenbrand Stadium.</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>Eight of UA&rsquo;s nine starters got a hit.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The only one who did not reach base with a hit was Sam Banister, who executed two successful sacrifice bunts.</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> heads to <st1:City w:st="on">Tempe</st1:City> for a mid-week contest against in-state rival <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Wednesday at Farrington Stadium, beginning at 7 p.m.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Next weekend, UA will host the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> schools at Hillenbrand Stadium.</P>
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