Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Split First Day at Kajikawa Classic
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 06, 2009
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Feb. 6, 2009


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TEMPE, Ariz - Tucson native Valerie George held Arizona to four hits, and Kansas added three insurance runs in the seventh as they defeated the Wildcats, 5-1, in Arizona's first game of the 2009 season.

George struck out eight in the complete game effort, while walking four and surrendering an earned run in the second inning. Lindsey Sisk (0-1) was credited with the loss, after giving up five runs on five hits. The sophomore had five strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

George (1-0) worked her way out of a jam in Arizona's half of the first. Brittany Lastrapes walked to lead off and an out later, she moved to second on a wild pitch. After Jenae Leles and Sam Banister drew walks to load the bases, Stacie Chambers and Laine Roth struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Jayhawks (1-1) threatened the next inning. Elle Pottorf was plunked, and moved to third on a sacrifice hit and a wild pitch, but consecutive strikeouts finished the half.

In the Arizona (0-1) second, K'Lee Arredondo tallied the first RBI of the season when she batted in Karissa Buchanan with two outs. Lauren Schutzler had started off the inning with a one-out base hit, and advanced to second after the freshman Buchanan was hit by a pitch, but was gunned down at third after holding up on a bloop single. Arredondo ripped a line drive into center two pitches later, giving Arizona the lead.

Kansas struck back in the third, when Amanda Jobe ripped a two-out double off the left field fence, plating Stevie Cristoso from second. With two runners in scoring position, Sisk forced a groundout to Pottorf to end the inning, tied 1-1.

The Jayhawks took the lead in their half of the fourth when Val Chapple doubled to lead off, and was brought home off the bat of Liz Kocon with no outs. Sisk forced three consecutive outs to end the inning with Kansas ahead, 2-1.

Sisk ran into trouble again in the seventh when Brittany Hile singled and Sara Ramirez was hit by a pitch with no outs. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, but pinch runner Kolby Fesmire was gunned down at home by Arredondo on a fielder's choice for the first out. Sarah Akamine relieved Sisk after another walk that loaded the bases, but walked in a run. After a strikeout to Amanda Jobe, Pottorf smashed a ground rule double down the right field line to plate two more bringing the lead to its final margin of 5-1. Akamine forced a groundout to end the inning.

Up Next: Arizona will take on UTEP in the nightcap, with a projected start time of 7 p.m.

Notes: Jill Malina pinch ran in the sixth inning, marking her 100th career game played in.


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TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona scored a come-from-behind victory, erasing a one-run deficit in the third and never looking back in an 8-5 win over UTEP at the Kajikawa Classic on Friday evening.

Lini Koria and Stacie Chambers each hit their first home run of the year. Koria's shot down the right field line gave the Cats a 3-2 lead at the time, and Stacie's bomb traveled well past the right centerfield fence.

Sarah Akamine (1-0) pitched the complete game, allowing 10 hits while striking out three. Kelly Curran (0-1) threw 6.2 innings, but had one strikeout and walked eight. The Cats scattered 11 hits off of Curran.

Arizona (1-1) started the scoring early, plating two runs in the top of the second. Laine Roth and Kristen Arriola were brought home on consecutive hits by Lauren Schutzler and Brittany Lastrapes. After K'Lee Arredondo walked, Jenae Leles grounded out to end the half up 2-0.

UTEP (1-1) tied the game in their half of the second. After giving up two hits, Akamine struck out the next two Miner batters. But Jennifer Stalter smashed a drive just out of the reach of Arredondo into left center, plating Camilla Carrera and Chelsea Troupe. Becky Smith grounded out to end the inning, tied at 2 apiece.

Lini Koria hit her first career home run to lead off the third inning. The blast cleared the right field fence, and put the Cats up 3-2. But UTEP took the lead in the bottom half with two consecutive doubles, plating two runs and giving the Miners a 4-3 lead.

Koria saw the dish the next inning with two outs and runners on first and second. On a 2-1 count, she smashed a hard grounder through the left side that plated Arredondo and tied the game at 4. Stacie Chambers followed up by singling through the right side scoring Jenae Leles, but Koria was cut down at home in the same sequence to end the half with Arizona ahead, 5-4.

After two scoreless innings, the Cats added some insurance in the seventh when Stacie Chambers drilled her first homer over the wall in right center to bring the lead to two. Three batters and two outs later, Schutzler doubled off the left field wall and scored Laine Roth from first to widen the margin. K'Lee Arredondo smashed double later in the inning to plate the final run for Arizona, 8-4.

Pinch hitter Shea Lodes hit a home run of her own in the bottom of the seventh, to bring UTEP within three, but Lauren Schutzler robbed Amber Bennett of a home run, crashing through the center field fence.

Up Next: Arizona will take on Northwestern at 10 a.m., followed by a matchup with Nevada at 12:30 p.m. Both games will take place at ASU's Farrington Stadium.