Cats Rally Late to Win 7-4

Feb. 14, 2009

TAMPA, Fla. -- In a back-and-forth affair, No. 12 Arizona used the long ball to pull ahead late and never looked back in a 7-4 win over Illinois in their third game at the Wilson Tournament hosted by the University of South Florida on Saturday afternoon.

UA - the designated visitors for the third time this weekend - hit two sixth inning home runs to rally from a 4-3 deficit, giving Arizona (5-2) their first lead of the game. Stacie Chambers hit a one-out bomb to right field that landed on top of the batting cages to tie it and, an out later, Laine Roth made her first hit of the season count, blasting it over the left field fence to give the Cats a 5-4 lead.

Sophomore hurler Lindsey Sisk evened her record at 2-2 with a six-hit, four-run output. The Murrieta, Calif. product struck out four and issued three walks in the complete game. Monica Perry (3-2) took the loss in giving up five runs on six hits. She also issued five walks but struck out three in six innings. Ashley Wright pitched the final frame for the Fighting Illini, giving up two runs on three hits.

UA added some insurance in the seventh. Leles and Banister singled with one out, then moved into scoring position on a groundout. Kemp brought them both home with a bases-clearing double - her first hit of the season - to give the Cats a three run lead and the final margin of 7-4.

Illinois (5-3) lit the frame three times in their first at-bat. Three singles led off the game, the third of which hit the end of the glove of second baseman Kristen Arriola and scored Danielle Zymkowitz. As Hope Howell attempted to steal second in the next at-bat, the throw from Chambers went past shortstop Victoria Kemp and into centerfield, scoring Jamie Adishian. Kelley Wedel singled into center to score Howell and give the Illini a 3-0 lead.

Arizona tied the game in the fourth. Walks issued to Lauren Schutzler and Jenae Leles paved the way for Sam Banister to single and score the sophomore center fielder. Banister went to second on the throw home. Chambers followed up with a two-run bloop single down the right field line to match the scores. She was later caught stealing second, and a strikeout ended the inning, tied 3-3.

The Illini regained the lead in the bottom half. Wedel was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a double. With two outs, she scored on a wild pitch to make the score 4-3.

Up Next: Arizona will take on host USF at 4 p.m. ET (2 p.m. Tucson time). Check arizonaathletics.com for updates on game time changes.

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