Cats Downed in First Saturday Game

Feb. 7, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. - Lauren Delaney held No. 7 Arizona to four hits, and No. 9 Northwestern scored three runs in the fifth to defeat UA 3-1 in front of an 606 in attendance at the Kajikawa Classic on Saturday morning.

Delaney (2-1) struck out four and walked five in the complete game. Lindsey Sisk (0-2) was credited with her second straight loss, after allowing three earned runs on eight hits. The sophomore tallied three strikeouts and two walks in 6 innings.

All four of the games' runs came in the fifth inning, with Arizona (1-2) breaking the ice. Victoria Kemp drew a one-out walk, and Lauren Schutzler followed with a bloop single off the glove of the shortstop to put runners on first and second. Brittany Lastrapes drew the second walk of the inning to load the bases for Arredondo, who was walked on four pitches to score Kemp, 1-0. After Leles popped out, Lini Koria grounded out to end the half with the lead.

Northwestern (2-1) took the lead in the bottom half. Kelly Dyer tied the game with a leadoff home run to right center, and a walk, hit batter and a base hit loaded the bags. Nicole Pauly darted a grounder past the outstretched Leles and into the corner, scoring two runs and giving NU a 3-1 lead. A popup and groundout ended the inning.

Arizona had threatened in the fourth, when K'Lee Arredondo led off with a first-pitch double to right centerfield, and Jenae Leles was walked on four pitches putting two on with no outs. But a strikeout and two deep flyouts ended the scoring chance for Arizona, leaving the runners stranded.

In UA's last at-bats, Schutzler singled to lead off and with two outs, Leles was hit by a pitch and lifted for pinch-runner Karissa Buchanan. Koria smashed a hard grounded right to the shortstop who's throw to third base went awry, keeping the game alive for the time being. But Stacie Chambers grounded out to second base to end contest.

Up Next: Arizona will take on Nevada at 12:30 p.m.

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