Cats Drop First Game at Kajikawa Classic

Feb. 6, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz - Tucson native Valerie George held Arizona to four hits, and Kansas added three insurance runs in the seventh as they defeated the Wildcats, 5-1, in Arizona's first game of the 2009 season.

George struck out eight in the complete game effort, while walking four and surrendering an earned run in the second inning. Lindsey Sisk (0-1) was credited with the loss, after giving up five runs on five hits. The sophomore had five strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

George (1-0) worked her way out of a jam in Arizona's half of the first. Brittany Lastrapes walked to lead off and an out later, she moved to second on a wild pitch. After Jenae Leles and Sam Banister drew walks to load the bases, Stacie Chambers and Laine Roth struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Jayhawks (1-1) threatened the next inning. Elle Pottorf was plunked, and moved to third on a sacrifice hit and a wild pitch, but consecutive strikeouts finished the half.

In the Arizona (0-1) second, K'Lee Arredondo tallied the first RBI of the season when she batted in Karissa Buchanan with two outs. Lauren Schutzler had started off the inning with a one-out base hit, and advanced to second after the freshman Buchanan was hit by a pitch, but was gunned down at third after holding up on a bloop single. Arredondo ripped a line drive into center two pitches later, giving Arizona the lead.

Kansas struck back in the third, when Amanda Jobe ripped a two-out double off the left field fence, plating Stevie Cristoso from second. With two runners in scoring position, Sisk forced a groundout to Pottorf to end the inning, tied 1-1.

The Jayhawks took the lead in their half of the fourth when Val Chapple doubled to lead off, and was brought home off the bat of Liz Kocon with no outs. Sisk forced three consecutive outs to end the inning with Kansas ahead, 2-1.

Sisk ran into trouble again in the seventh when Brittany Hile singled and Sara Ramirez was hit by a pitch with no outs. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, but pinch runner Kolby Fesmire was gunned down at home by Arredondo on a fielder's choice for the first out. Sarah Akamine relieved Sisk after another walk that loaded the bases, but walked in a run. After a strikeout to Amanda Jobe, Pottorf smashed a ground rule double down the right field line to plate two more bringing the lead to its final margin of 5-1. Akamine forced a groundout to end the inning.

Up Next: Arizona will take on UTEP in the nightcap, with a projected start time of 7 p.m.

Notes: Jill Malina pinch ran in the sixth inning, marking her 100th career game played in.

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