Cats Get Collared Again, 4-1

April 25, 2009

TUCSON--Arizona ran into some buzz-saw pitching for the second consecutive night as Washington ace Danielle Lawrie (26-5) collared the Wildcats with a four-hit effort to spearhead a 4-1 victory.

Meantime, the No. 3-ranked Huskies (35-8) collected 11 hits off Lindsey Sisk (11-3) to put up the necessary runs and drop No. 7 Arizona (36-10) out of first place in the Pac-10.

Washington improved to 35-8 overall and 8-5 in league action. Arizona dropped to 8-4, a half-game behind UCLA at 9-4.

Lawrie struck out 12 and got touched for only one rally. Sisk pitched her ninth complete game of the year and struck out seven, but got into trouble in two telling innings.

UW threatened out of the gate. Ashley Charters led off the game with a double to left, moved to third on an infield out, and then Jen Salling drew a walk. Salling stole second to put two runners in scoring position, but Lindsey Sisk struck out counterpart Lawrie and got Alicia Blake on a soft liner to short.

Brittany Lastrapes led off the UA first with a double to left center, but Lawrie struck out K'Lee Arredondo and Jenae Leles, and got Stacie Chambers to pop out.

UW struck first, in the third. Kimi Pohlman singled and stole second with one out, and moved to third on a single by Salling. Lawrie picked up the RBI single. Sisk got a force out at third but Morgan Stuart lifted a high pop up that Arredondo over ran in fair territory, to pick up another RBI with a bloop double.

The Huskies added a pair of runs in the fourth. UW got its ninth baserunner of the game with a leadoff single by Niki Williams. An out later, Charters ripped one straight back off Sisk's glove for an infield single to put two on, and then Pohlman doubled down the left field line to drive in two.

Arizona got its second base runner in the game when umpire Willie Newman called a delay of game on Lawrie for taking too long to pitch, meaning a ball four against Chambers in the UA fourth. She was stranded.

The Cats finally got on the board in the fifth. Lini Koria drew a leadoff walk off Lawrie and gave way to pinch-runner Jill Malina. who moved up on a wild pitch. Kristen Arriola then drew another walk to give UA's crowd of 2,647 something to cheer about.

Lawrie struck out Lauren Schutzler for the first out, but Karissa Buchanan dropped a shallow single into left field, with Malina able to reach third before Koziol could make a good throw to third. Lastrapes then singled to right field to make it 4-1. Arredondo hit into a force at home to keep the bases loaded, and Lawrie struck out Leles to strand three.

The Cats got a one-out hit from Schutzler in the seventh, but Buchanan hit into a fielder's choice and Lastrapes grounded to first unassisted for the third out.

Arizona closes its home regular season at noon Sunday against the Huskies, with its annual Senior Day ceremony following.

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