Cats Smash Devils in Double Dip

April 30, 2009

Game 2 - Arizona 10, Arizona State 6

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- No. 7 Arizona's hot bats did the damage once again as they plated eight runs off on three home runs in a 10-6 win over the No. 6 Sun Devils in the second game Wednesday evening in front of 2,042 at Farrington Stadium.

Arizona (39-11, 11-4 Pac-10) came out firing on all cylinders out of the gate. A three-run home run by Jenae Leles, her 21st of the year, and a two run blast by Victoria Kemp, her second of the day, put a five spot on the board in the top half of the first.

But UA's hurler Lindsey Sisk (12-3) would only hold the lead temporarily. ASU scored on back-to-back home runs by eight- and nine-hole hitters Ashley Muenz and Christina Zambrana to cut the deficit to three in the second, then tied the game with a bases loaded hit-by-pitch and a two-RBI single by Zambrana in the third.

The Cats struck back with two outs in the fourth, when Lauren Schutzler singled and pinch-hitter Kristen Arriola drew a walk. Brittany Lastrapes then smashed an 0-2 pitch to deep right center to give Arizona another three-run lead.

Katie Crabb singled in a run in the bottom half to narrow the margin to two, but it was as close that the Sun Devils (37-13, 7-8 Pac-10) would get. All six runs were knocked in by ASU's seven-, eight- and nine-hole hitters.

Lini Koria singled in a run in the fifth, then Kemp put a deep fly ball to right - which Lesley Rogers mishandled on the track - to plate the final run, unearned

Sisk scattered nine Sun Devil hits in 6.1 innings, while Jennifer Martinez tossed a mid-game stint of 0.2 innings, surrendering an earned run and a hit. Hillary Bach (22-7) was touched up for three home runs, and gave nine earned runs on 10 hits.

Notes: Arizona upped its home run total to 117, nine shy of the NCAA record of 126 hit by the 2001 squad.

Game 1 - Arizona 3, Arizona State 2

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Victoria Kemp's towering fourth-inning home run broke a 2-2 tie, and Sarah Akamine held No. 6 Arizona State to two hits after the fact to post a 3-2 victory for No. 7 Arizona in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday evening at Farrington Stadium.

Kemp, who was in the line up due to a Lini Koria injury back in Tucson, saw significant playing for the first time since the ASU series over three weeks ago. The sophomore took advantage of her opportunity, driving the first pitch from Hillary Bach over the left centerfield wall.

The homer - accompanied with two blasts in the first inning by Brittany Lastrapes and K'Lee Arredondo on April 11 in Tucson - gave the Wildcats 114 home runs on the season.

Arizona improved to 38-11 and 10-4 in Pac-10 play, good for the conference lead after UCLA lost to Washington earlier in the day. Arizona State fell to 37-12 and 7-8 in the conference.

ASU's Christina Zambrana had also tallied a two-run home run in Tucson before the game was suspended, accounting for the only Devils runs.

The win improved Akamine to 18-5, as she gave up six hits and two earned runs. The loss dropped Bach to 22-6.

Up Next: The Cats head to the Bay Area to take on Cal (3 p.m. Friday / Fox Sports Net) and Stanford at 1 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday.

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