Rain Halts 2-2 Tie at Hillenbrand

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.

Brittany Lastrapes and K'Lee Arredondo each took 1-0 pitches offered by ASUstarter Hillary Bach and drilled it over the fence to lead off the UA firstand give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.

ASU knotted the game with a single by Krista Donnenwirth and a ChristinaZambrana two-run home run to center off Sarah Akamine in the top of thesecond. In its half, Arizona loaded the bases with a pair of hits byVictoria Kemp and Lauren Schutzler, and a walk to Brittany Lastrapes, butstranded all three.

In the bottom of the third, with Jenae Leles on first, no outs, and a full countto Stacie Chambers the game was suspended due to rain. The tarp was brought outto preserve the infield, but the rain didn't let up, and the game was calledfor the night. A decision will be made later to resume the game from itscurrent place or canceled.

Up Next: Arizona hosts nationally-ranked Stanford and California for a weekend set beginning on April 17.

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