Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Pulls Out Two Saturday W's
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 21, 2009
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Feb. 21, 2009

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Game 6 - Arizona 9, NDSU 2


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TUCSON -- No. 11 Arizona rallied late, scoring eight runs in the final three innings to pull away from North Dakota State, 9-2, handing the Bison their second loss of the season.

The Cats were fueled by a five-run seventh which included three home runs. Pitcher Lindsey Sisk upped her record to 5-2, while Andi Padilla (5-1) was given her first loss of the season.

After scoring a run in 10 consecutive innings coming in, Arizona (11-2) got off to a slow start. North Dakota State pitcher Andi Padilla sat down the side in order in the top of the first. Arizona was the designated visiting team.

North Dakota State (7-2) struck first in the bottom of the second. Kelly Cantrell led off the half-inning with a walk. After an out, the Bison recorded three straight base hits, and RBI by Brea Konz and Taylor Lynn. The 2-0 deficit was the first time Arizona trailed during the Wildcat Invitational.

Arizona answered in the top of the second as Stacie Chambers hit a two out single, knocking in Brittany Lastrapes, who led off the inning with a double to right center. With two outs and the bases loaded, Laine Roth grounded into a fielder's choice to halt the rally.

The Cats grabbed the lead in the fifth when Sam Banister drilled a ball over the left field fence, a two-run jack. Banister's home run was her third of the season and earned the senior her 14th and 15th RBI. With two outs, Arizona scored an unearned run when a ground ball off the bat of Roth took a bad hop on North Dakota State third baseman Brea Konz and dribbled into the outfield, scoring Jill Malina.

Lastrapes scored her second run of the game on a leadoff solo-shot that just cleared the wall in dead center. Two batters later, Jenae Leles hit her first home run of the season. The two-run bomb gave Arizona a 7-2 lead. After Banister popped out to left field, North Dakota State pitcher Kim Westendorf, who relieved Pedilla after the Leles homer, walked Chambers. Lini Koria blasted her home with the third long ball of the inning, expanding the lead to 9-2 for the final runs.

Up Next: Arizona takes on Utah at 9 a.m. MST tomorrow. Then, the Wildcats and Bison will play in the finale of the Wildcat Invitational at 11 a.m.

Game 5 - Arizona 12, Utah 1 (5 inn.)


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TUCSON--No. 11 Arizona kept its Wildcat Invitational game scores in double figures with a 14-hit attack to beat Utah, 12-1, Saturday afternoon in five innings.

Sarah Akamine pitched two-hit ball for four innings to improve to 6-0, and dropped the Utes to 0-4 in Tucson. Jennifer Martinez mopped things up in the circle for UA.

The Cats (10-2) kept their hot hitting going from the start, batting around in the bottom of the first.

It started with a double by Brittany Lastrapes, a bunt single by Lauren Schutzler, and an RBI single from Jenae Leles to put a run on the board. An out later Stacie Chambbes singled to drive in Schutzler, although Leles was thrown out at third.

Lini Koria was hit by a pitch and she and Chambers moved up on a wild pitch, with both then scoring on a double by Laine Roth. Victoria Kemp walked, and Kristen Arriola was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but pitcher Lindsey Palmer (1-1) got Lastrapes on a deep fly to center.

Angie Boardman hit a two-out home run to center to put the Utes (7-7) on the board in the top of the second. Haylee Hoch reached on an error by UA shortstop Kemp and Bonnie Muir beat out an infield hit, but Akamaine got a ground ball from Palmer to end the threat.

UA answered, with one-out singles from Leles, Sam Banister and Chambers to score pinch-runner Jill Malina, and the Koria was hit by a pitch again to load the bases. Roth drove in another run with a fielder's choice.

Arizona batted around for the second time in the third. Kristen Arriola hit her first career home run to lead off, pushing the lead to 7-1. It wasn't all. After a walk and a single, Chambers yanked her fifth bomb of the year to make it 10-1.

In the UA fourth, Utah reliever Brittany Parker loaded the bases with a walk to Arriola, a single by Schutzler and a walk to Leles. Sam Banister drew a walk to drive in a run, and Chambers dinked one down the right field line to drive in another to make it 12-1. More damage was avoided when Ute third baseman Whitney Holm turned a 5-3 double play off a ground ball by It gave Arizona runs in 10 consecutive innings during the weekend.

Game 4 - NDSU 2, Utah 0


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TUCSON--North Dakota State's Randi Parks earned her first decision of the year with a shutout performance to pace the Bison to a 2-0 victory over Utah in second-day action of the Wildcat Invitational softball tournament.

Parks scattered five hits and bested Utah's Joni Cook, who also gave up five and took her fourth loss against no victories. The Utes lost their second game to NDSU (7-1) in as many days.

Utah (7-6) had a scoring opportunity taken away in the bottom of the second by a nice defensive play. After a single by Staci Hemingway and two outs, Haylee Hoch doubled to the gap in right center. But Bison centerfielder Taylor Lynn fired a throw to second baseman Elisa Victa relayed to catcher Kelly Cantrell at the plate to cut down Hemingway.

NDSU quickly countered. Rivera got a one-out bunt single and stole second, adn then Laurel Pipkin singled up the middle to plate the first run.

The Bison added another in the top of the fourth. Richel Briones singled up the middle, was sacrificed over by Jackie Currie and moved to third on a wild pitch by Joni Cook. Lynn beat out a grounder to third for the RBI single.

The Utes threatened in the seventh with two aboard after single by Sharee Fonoti and Hemingway, but Parks got Angie Boardman to fly to center for the final out.

Utah was to play Arizona in the next game of the mini-tourney, with NDSU-Arizona scheduled for the evening game