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.
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.