No. 9 Arizona Downs No. 23 UW, 5-4, In Eight Innings

April 11, 2008

TUCSON, Ariz. - Brittany Lastrapes hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift No. 9 Arizona past No. 23 Washington, 5-4, in a Pac-10 softball game on Friday night.

Callisto Balko walked with one out in the eighth and ended up moving up two bases on a wild pitch by Aleah Macon. After Cyndi Duran walked, Lastrapes hit a long single that one-hopped the right field fence to lift the Wildcats (28-11, 5-3 Pac-10) to the win.

In front of a packed house at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium, the Huskies (24-13-1, 3-4 Pac-10) opened the scoring with a pair of two-out runs in the first inning.

Bailey Stenson led the game off with a walk for Washington and was moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Marnie Koziol. After Jace Williams popped up to pitcher Taryne Mowatt for the second out of the inning, Morgan Stuart lined a 2-2 pitch into left field to plate Stenson.

Mowatt then walked Ashlyn Watson on five pitches before Alicia Blake singled through the right side. Arizona right fielder Adrienne Action misplayed the ball, allowing Stuart to score from second and the Huskies quickly led 2-0.

The Wildcats responded in their half of the inning, tying it up on a two-run home run to right field by Jenae Leles.

Arizona took a 3-2 lead in the second inning on a sacrifice fly to right field by Lastrapes that scored K'Lee Arredondo.

Washington threatened in the top of the fourth, putting runners on second and third with one out. But Arredondo, the shortstop, made a diving catch to her left of a line drive by Stenson and then flipped to second baseman Sam Banister to double off Amanda Fleischman, who was attempting to move up to third base.

The Huskies broke through in the fifth, as Koziol scored from second on a double to left centerfield by Watson to tie it up at 3-3.

Koziol led the inning off with an infield single to third base and stole second. Jace Williams walked, and then after Mowatt struckout Morgan Stuart, Watson delivered a double to the gap in left center. The Huskies could have taken the lead, but the relay throw from Arredondo was in time to get Williams at the plate.

After Arizona went ahead 4-3 in the sixth on a solo home run by Balko, Williams tied the game up at 4-4 in the top of the seventh with a one-out double to right center that scored Koziol from first. The Huskies eventually loaded the bases with only one out, before Mowatt got back-to-back outs to escape the jam.

Macon (13-6) took the loss despite striking out eight. She allowed five earned runs, six walks and eight hits in seven and two-thirds innings.

Mowatt (17-8) went the distance for Arizona, striking out 11 and giving up nine hits, three earned runs and six walks.

Williams led the UW offensively, hitting 2-for-3 with an RBI and her team-leading 10th double of the year. Koziol also went 2-for-3 for the Huskies, and Dani Stuart and Watson both doubled.

The Huskies head up to Tempe for two games at Arizona State, starting with a 7:00 p.m. game tomorrow. The two teams will also play on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Notes: Arizona holds a 53-17 in the series ... The Huskies fell to 1-4 in extra inning games this year ... Koziol's stolen base in the fifth was her team-leading 21st of the year ... Morgan Stuart's RBI in the first inning gives her 33 on the season, which leads the team ... Both teams stranded nine runners in the game ... Lastrapes is the younger sister of ex-Husky All-America Dominique Lastrapes (2004-07).

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