Cats Withstand Rally, Top Bears

Feb. 28, 2010

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CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -- Arizona's unearned run in the fifth inning proved to be the difference-maker as the Wildcats withstood a late Baylor rally and topped the Bears, 3-2, on Sunday morning.

UA took advantage of three Baylor errors in the fifth and scored an unearned run, opening up a 3-0 lead at the time and giving the Wildcats an insurance run that they would later need.

Arizona plated two runs in the second when Brittany Lastrapes knocked a double off the right centerfield fence, scoring Brigette Del Ponte, who had led off the inning with a walk. Lauren Schutzler then singled up the middle, plating Lastrapes and opening up a 2-0 lead.

Two scoreless innings later, UA capitalized on three consecutive Bears errors. Schutzler reached second on an infield single and bad throw, then scored when K'Lee Arredondo's hard grounder was misplayed by the second baseman, KJ Freeland.

The Bears cut the lead to one in the sixth off of a solo home run by Dani Leal and a sacrifice fly from Courtney Nieten.

Kenzie Fowler allowed a two-out walk in the seventh, but struck out Nicole Wesley to end the game.

Fowler upped her record to 9-0, striking out seven and allowing five hits. Whitney Canion (2-3) worked four innings, giving up two runs on four hits. Courtney Repka went the rest of the way for the Bears, allowing one run on three hits.

Arizona will resume the suspended game against Cal Poly at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. Tucson time).

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