Huskies Drop 4-3 Heartbreaker To No. 3 Arizona

May 8, 2005

TUCSON, Ariz.-- Arizona's Courtney Fossatti hit a high chopper over third base to score pinch runner Allison Von Liechtenstein from third base in the bottom of the seventh inning and lift the third-ranked Wildcats to the 4-3 victory over No. 20 Washington this afternoon in front of 1,152 fans at Rita Hillenbrand Stadium.

The loss dips Washington to 29-19 overall and 8-10 in the Pac-10, while Arizona improves to 37-9 overall and 10-7 in conference play.

UW senior Ashley Boek surrendered just two hits in the first four innings with a double by Kristi Fox in the second and a single by Jackie Coburn in the fourth.

UA ace Alicia Hollowell also held Washington to just two hits in the first four frames with singles by Caitlin Noble and Sarah Hyatt in the second and fourth innings.

Arizona broke open the game in the fifth with three runs on four hits. With one out, UA received back-to-back singles from Caitlin Lowe and Autumn Champion. Fox followed with a single to right centerfield to score Lowe. Coburn drew a walk to load the bases and Jennifer Martinez hit an infield single that just tipped off of Boek's glove to score Champion. Crystal Farley drew a walk to score Fox and give the Wildcats the 3-0 lead.

Senior Kathy Fiske put the Huskies on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth with a leadoff home run over the left centerfield wall. It marked Fiske's eighth home run of the season. Aimee Minor followed with a walk and Hyatt single into left field to put runners on first and second with no outs. Hollowell sat the next three batters down in order with a ground out and two strikeouts to preserve UA's 3-1 lead.

Washington came back in the top of the seventh inning with a two-run home run by Kristen Rivera to tie the score at 3-3. It marked Rivera's 18th home run of the season and extended her career record to 76 home runs, which ties Arizona's Jenny Dalton for the No. 4 spot on the Pac-10 all-time list. The blast scored Dominique Lastrapes who led off the inning with a single up the middle.

Arizona came back in the bottom of the seventh inning, loading the bases with a single and a pair of walks. Fossatti hit the game winner with a high bouncer over Fiske at third base.

Hollowell (26-7) picked up the win as she held Washington to six hits and struck out 17.

Boek (15-12) took the loss as she gave up four runs on nine hits and eight walks, while striking out three.

Washington rounds out the Pac-10 season next week with three home games. The Huskies host Oregon State on Thursday at 1 pm and Oregon on Friday at 3 pm and Saturday at 1 pm. Thursday and Friday's games will be broadcast on KKNW 1150 AM.

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