TEMPE—No. 1 Arizona (0-2) suffered a second consecutive bout of untimely hitting, and dropped its second game of 2008 to No. 3 Texas A&M, 3-2, Saturday afternoon in the Kajikawa Classic tournament at ASU's Farrington Stadium in Tempe.
A&M pitcher Megan Gibson remained perfect on the year at 5-0 in helping TAMU improve to 7-1 overall. She struck out only five batters, but scattered six hits and helped strand eight Wildcat base runners.
On the other side Arizona freshman pitcher Lindsey Sisk (0-1) suffered an early bout of jitters, with enough pitches off the mark to allow the Aggies to take a quick lead.
Texas A&M got a quick lead with one hit in the bottom of the first. Natalie Villareal drew a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch, and moved to third on a passed ball. Pitcher Megan Gibson's single to left brought in the first run.
Arizona knotted it at one apiece on Stacie Chambers' first career home run, to right center.
The Aggies scored a pair of unearned runs to regain the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Jami Lobpries walked, was bunted to second and moved to third on a single by Kelsey Spittler, who moved to second on the second out of the inning, a groundball.
Macie Morrow lofted a fly ball to left center field, and freshman Brittany Lastrapes called off the converging shortstop and centerfielder, and dropped the ball to allow both runners to score.
Arizona responded with one run in the top of the fifth on a sharply hit single by Jenae Leles off the second baseman's glove that drove in Lauren Schutzler, who had collected the first base hit of her UA career to lead off the inning. The inning might have been a bigger rally, but after Schutzler's hit and a walk to Lastrapes, K'Lee Arredondo hit into a double play. Chambers walked before Leles' hit, so UA stranded two runners when Sam Banister lined out to third.
In altered tournament scheduling, the Wildcats will play an 11 a.m. game Sunday at Tempe Sports Complex against Nevada, then a planned doubleheader following against Southern Utah around 1 p.m.