April 11, 2009
TUCSON -- Mother Nature forced a stoppage in play as No. 5 Arizona State and No. 10 Arizona were deadlocked at 2 in the bottom of the third inning on Saturday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Coaches and Pac-10 Conference officials will decide whether to resume the game at a later date.
Before the stoppage, the Sun Devils had a pair of hits and a good scoring threat in the first but a couple of defensive plays helped Arizona get out of a jam, including a 5-2-6 tag out of Jessica Mapes off third and a snagged low liner by second baseman Victoria Kemp.
ASU knotted the game with a single by Krista Donnenwirth and a Christina Zambrana two-run home run to center off Sarah Akamine in the top of the second. In its half, Arizona loaded the bases with a pair of hits by Victoria Kemp and Lauren Schutzler, and a walk to Brittany Lastrapes, but stranded all three.
In the bottom of the third, with Jenae Leles on first, no outs, and a full count to Stacie Chambers the game was suspended due to rain. The tarp was brought out to preserve the infield, but the rain didn't let up, and the game was called for the night. A decision will be made later to resume the game from its current place or cancel it altogether.
Up Next: Arizona hosts nationally-ranked Stanford and California for a weekend set beginning on April 17.