SB: Cats lose game and possibly freshman star

SB: Cats lose game and possibly freshman star

TUCSON, AZ - Facing a four-run deficit with four outs remaining, No. 18 Washington rallied for five runs to come back and defeat 16th-ranked Arizona 9-8 to even the series at one game apiece.

Washington hit four home runs in the game, including two, two-run homers in the sixth inning to tie the game. The Huskies added what proved to be the winning run in the top of the seventh on a Kelli Suguro RBI single.

Arizona threatened in the bottom of the seventh, getting two on with no outs and moving both into scoring position, but the Cats could not plate either of them.

Michelle Floyd (17-6) was roughed up, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing seven runs on 10 hits. Floyd started and then reentered to replace Trish Parks, who left in the fifth with an apparent injury. Parks went 2.2 innings and gave up two runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

The Wildcats offense remained hot, scoring eight runs on 12 hits, but it would not be enough as the Huskies scored their nine runs on 12 hits.

Arizona hit three home runs; Hallie Wilson, Chelsea Goodacre and Mo Mercado went deep for the Cats.

Wilson picked up three hits and four RBI in the contest to lead the offense and extend her hitting streak to a career-long 16 games.

After solo homers in both the first and second innings put Washington up 2-0, Arizona responded with five runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-2 lead. An illegal pitch and a Parks single tied the game before Wilson blasted a three-run home run to break the tie.

Washington cut into the UA lead with single runs in the fourth and fifth to make it a one-run affair before Arizona seemingly put it out of reach with three runs in the fifth.

However, the Huskies fought back against Floyd in her relief stint. Washington had a runner on with two down before UW mounted a two-out rally. Kylee Lahners homered to make it a two-run game. Taylor Van Zee followed with a single before Ali Aguilar, who went 3-for-3 in the game, hit her second home run of the game to tie it up at eight.

A leadoff walk put the potential tying run on with no one out in the sixth before a wild pitch moved her into scoring position, but UA was unable to take the lead.

Casey Stangel led off the seventh with a double and scored on Suguro's single to take the lead.

Arizona fought back with a Mercado single and Lauren Young walk to open the seventh, putting the tying run in scoring position and the winning run at first with nobody out. Ashleigh Hughes lined out trying to bunt the runners to second and third and Wilson popped out to left. With two down, Chelsea Suitos worked a 3-1 count, including an illegal pitch that moved the runners both into scoring position, but Suitos grounded out to end the game.

Arizona and Washington meet on Sunday at 2 p.m. to decide the series.

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