Huskies Drop Final Game Of Road Trip
April 26, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 3 Washington Huskies closed out their weekend road trip and completed the road portion of their Pac-10 schedule on Sunday, succumbing to the nation's highest-scoring offense in an 11-0, five-inning loss to No. 7 Arizona at Hillenbrand Stadium.
The Huskies, who won the season series against the Wildcats, fell to 35-9 overall and 8-6 in Pac-10 play while the Wildcats are now 37-11 and 9-4, getting the victory on their Senior Day.
Arizona, which leads the country in home runs and is threatening to break the single-season NCAA record for long balls, showed their skills on Sunday by blasting five home runs in the game. Sam Banister led the way with two home runs while Brittany Lastrapes, K'Lee Arredondo and Lina Koria also went yard for the Wildcats who now have 111 home runs on the year.
The Wildcats struck first in the opening inning off UW freshman Jenna Clifton (2-2), scoring three runs on three hits, two of the runs coming on a two-run blast by Banister, who finished the game with five RBI.
Arizona tacked on another two runs in the second inning, getting an RBI double by Arredondo who later scored on a Husky error.
Freshman Felecia Harris then came into the game in the third inning in relief of Clifton and allowed a one-out home run to Lini Koria before escaping any further damage, but the Wildcats broke the game open n the fourth inning, knocking three balls out of the park. The inning started with back-to-back home runs by Lastrapes and Arredondo and after a walk to Leles and a single by Stacie Chambers, Banister blasted her second home run of the game to right-field, her 14th of the year.
Arizona starter Sarah Akamine (18-3) retired the first eight Huskies before Marnie Koziol broke the string with an infield single.
The Huskies return home for their final seven regular season games over the next two weeks, starting with a battle with No. 2 UCLA on Wednesday at 1 p.m. UW will then play three games next weekend against the Oregon schools, facing Oregon State Friday at 1 p.m. and Oregon on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at Noon all at Husky Softball Stadium.