Softball Falls To #2 Arizona, 1-0

April 7, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz.-- An unearned run in the second inning was all No. 2-ranked Arizona needed Friday to defeat No. 14 Washington, 1-0, in front of 1,597 fans at Hillenbrand Stadium. With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 31-4 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies dip to 27-11 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10.

The Wildcats scored the only run of the night in the second frame on two hits. Callista Balko led off with a single to left field and with two outs, moved into scoring position on a passed ball. With a 1-2 count, Adrienne Acton singled to second base. Dominique Lastrapes made a driving stop on the hit and fired the ball home but Balko slide in safely on the bang-bang play.

Danielle Lawrie sat the first two batters down in the fourth inning but loaded the bases with a walk and two singles to trigger a UW pitching change. Sophomore Caitlin Noble came into the game and struck out Chelsea Mesa to get out of the jam.

UA ace Alicia Hollowell (16-1) kept the Huskies off balance all night, allowing just two hits and striking out 14. Lastrapes singled in the first inning and Ashley Charters singled in the fourth.

Lawrie (15-8) took the tough loss as she gave up one run on six hits over 3.2 innings with eight strikeouts. Noble held UA to no runs and two hits over 2.1 innings with three strikeouts.

The Wildcats stranded 10 runners on base. Washington marooned two.

The Huskies continue Pac-10 action Saturday with a 7 p.m. game at Arizona State. Washington will close out the weekend with a 1 p.m. game vs. ASU on Sunday.

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