Cats Surrender Three-Run Lead, Fall to Cardinal

May 2, 2009

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- No. 7 Arizona committed two errors in a four-run sixth for Stanford, blowing a 3-0 lead and handing the No. 3 Cardinal a 4-3 victory in front of 603 in attendance at Smith Family Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, Arizona drops to 39-12 overall and 11-5 in conference play. Because of yesterday's rainout and the loss today, UA no longer controls its own destiny in the Pac-10 race. Stanford improved their record to 43-6 and 12-5 in Pac-10 action. The Cardinal improved to 26-1 on their home field.

Jennifer Martinez (9-4) came in to pitch the Stanford sixth and was ultimately credited with the loss. The senior was touched up for one run on one hit in an inning pitched. Sarah Akamine had started the game and tossed the first five innings, giving up three runs - only one of which were earned - and scattered seven Cardinal hits. The junior issued a walk and struck out four.

Ashley Chinn (13-2) got the win, giving up three runs on nine hits, while issuing a walk and striking out five.

After a leadoff walk to Alissa Haber, K'Lee Arredondo dove to stop a ground ball from reaching the outfield off the bat of Ashley Hansen. Arredondo flipped the ball from her glove to Victoria Kemp at second who fired to Sam Banister at first to complete the double play. Akamine got Maddy Coon to fly out to right to end the inning.

Lini Koria smashed a two-out double off the wall in right field in the Arizona second, but Kemp struck out swinging to leave the freshman stranded.

Karissa Buchanan slapped an infield single with one out in the Arizona third. Brittany Lastrapes walked on four pitches and after a popup, Jenae Leles smashed a double off the left field wall to score the speedy freshman Buchanan. Stacie Chambers grounded out to short to end the half with UA up 1-0.

In the Cardinal half, Haber hit her 20th of the season double off the centerfield wall with one out. But Akamine struck out freshman Hansen and got Shannon Koplitz to ground out to end the inning.

Koria nabbed her second base hit of the game - a rocket off of third baseman Koplitz and into left field - with one out in the UA fourth. Kemp continued her hot streak and followed up with her sixth home run of the season, opening up a 3-0 lead. The homer was Kemp's third in the last three games, after seeing only two at-bats since March 29. Lauren Schutzler reached on a two-base error and Buchanan nabbed her second infield single of the game to put two more on, but a ball from Lastrapes landed in between three Stanford defenders, allowing the force to be made on Schutzler at third. Arredondo flew out to leave two more runners stranded, but Arizona took a three-run margin into the bottom half.

Kemp led off the sixth with her second hit of the game - a single into centerfield. After a flyout, Buchanan reached on Stanford's second error of the game. But Lastrapes lined a 2-1 pitch right back to first baseman Melisa Koutz who doubled up Buchanan at first to end the threat.

Stanford took the lead in their half of the sixth. Hansen doubled off the wall in center to lead off, then Koplitz singled to move Hansen to third. Maddy Coon doubled into the left centerfield gap to score Hansen and put the tying run on second, Mike Candrea to go to his bullpen. Martinez came in and forced a popup to Koutz and got Rosey Neill to popup to shallow center, but the ball bounced out of centerfielder Schutzler's glove allowing Koplitz to score an unearned run and cut the deficit to one. Maya Burns hit a grounder to Arredondo at short, but the shortstop's throw to third went awry loading the bases for Jenna Becerra. The freshman designated player singled through the right side, scoring Coon to knot the score at three. After a popup, Martinez tossed a wild pitch to Haber that found its way to the backstop, allowing pinch runner Autumn Albers to score and giving Stanford the one-run lead.

Arredondo singled to lead off the seventh for Arizona, but Leles struck out and Chambers and Banister flew out to end the game.

Up Next: Arizona takes on Stanford at noon on Sunday for the Cardinal Senior Day.

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