Cats Drop Heartbreaker in Extra Innings
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State walked off with a 4-3, eight-inning victory on Sunday in game 4 of the four-game series. ASU won the series, 3-1.
For the third straight game, Arizona out-hit Arizona State (7-6), but strugged with runners in scoring position. Arizona's lone hit with a runner in scoring position came from Dejah Mulipola to tie the game with two outs when Arizona was down to its final strike in the top of the seventh.
UA was once again done in by the long ball, as Denae Chatman hit a pair of homers to account for ASU's three runs in regulation. It walked off in the bottom of the eighth on a double down the left field line.
Hanah Bowen went the distance for Arizona, allowing four runs on six hits in 7.1 innings. She suffered her first loss of the year and fell to 4-1.
Offensively, the Wildcats battled all game long against Arizona State. Malia Martinez hit a game-tying two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning and then in the seventh -- after ASU retook the lead with a solo homer -- the Wildcats were down to their final strike with nobody on. Reyna Carranco ripped a two-out, two-strike single and then Mulipola brought her home with a double on a full count one batter later.
Janelle Meoño went 1-for-3, extending her hitting streak to 21 games. She also robbed a home run in center field in the bottom of the sixth.
Arizona (27-8, 6-5 Pac-12) will host Utah next weekend in a four-game series at Hillenbrand Stadium.