Cats Scorch Aggies, 9-4

Feb. 28, 2009

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Backed by a heated offensive effort on a cold and windy night, the No. 10 Arizona scorched No. 21 Texas A&M for nine runs on 10 hits in a 9-4 victory in front of a season-high 1,403 in attendance at the Aggie Softball Complex on Saturday.

The Wildcat offense exploded for five runs in the sixth inning to break the game open - a game in which they committed a season-high three errors, and scored another come-from-behind victory.

Lindsey Sisk (7-2) held the Aggie attack at bay for most of the evening, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out four. The sophomore ran her win streak to seven games, after dropping the her first two decisions of the season. Rebecca Arbino (4-4) was touched up for nine earned runs on eight hits in five innings.

In the second, Sisk was on her way back to the dugout twice in the same at-bat, thinking that she had struck out Rhiannon Kliesing on close calls at the left corner of the plate. Two pitches later, Kliesing smoked a pitch off the wall down the left field line, scoring Kelsey Spittler and Alex Reynolds who had both singled earlier in the inning. Sisk took Kelsea Orsak down on strikes to end the inning, A&M up 2-0.

Arizona (14-3) struck back in the next half when Brittany Lastrapes placed a leadoff single through the right side, and Lauren Schutzler followed up with a high bouncer to third that she beat out. An out later, Stacie Chambers blooped a single into center and Lini Koria drew a bases-loaded walk to bring UA within one. K'Lee Arredondo's sacrifice fly to left scored Schutzler before Laine Roth grounded into a fielder's choice to end the half tied at two apiece.

The Cats took the lead in the fourth, courtesy of three base hits including a Leles two-RBI single. Karissa Buchanan and Lastrapes hit back-to-back infield singles and after Schutzler grounded out advancing the runners, Leles took a 3-2 pitch just over the head of the third baseman, tacking on two more. A groundout ended the half with the Cats ahead 4-2.

Natalie Villarreal hit a one-out double, her third in two days, to threaten for the Aggies (12-8) in the fifth. After Macie Morrow was walked on four straight, Friday night's hero Holly Ridley laced a double into the left center gap, scoring Villarreal. In the same sequence, Schutzler hit Arredondo, who relayed to Chambers at the plate to make the tag on Morrow. The alert Chambers then found Ridley advancing to third and rocketed a throw to Leles who made the tag, ended the inning with the deficit cut to one, 4-3.

Arizona got the run back and then some the next half. Leadoff walks to Kristen Arriola and Karissa Buchanan paved the way for leadoff hitter Lastrapes to put a double into the left field gap, scoring Arriola. Schutzler put an infield single to the shortstop to load the bases, and Leles drew a walk to put the Cats up by three. Arbino was chased in favor of Kliesing, who gave up a two-out, three-run double to Arredondo. Roth struck out to end the half, Arizona up 9-3.

The Aggies put one more on the board in their half of the sixth. Catcher Erin Glasco reached after Roth mishandled a bouncer up the first base line, then Spittler hit a ball to Leles at third, whose throw went past Arriola at second and into right field. Pinch runner Andrea Tovar scored as Spittler went to third with no outs, but a strikeout, groundout and flyout ended the inning, 9-4 UA.

Up Next: Arizona will play the Aggies at 12:15 p.m. CT (11:15 a.m. Tucson time) on Sunday to finish off the three-game series.



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