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Late sloppy play costs UA softball against Texas A&M

Citizen Staff Report

Citizen Staff Report

Some sloppy late-inning play by the University of Arizona softball team meant a series victory for Texas A&M.

The Aggies scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday to tie the game at 5 and force extra innings in College Station, Texas.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, Lindsey Sisk walked in the winning run to give No. 21-ranked A&M the victory in the rubber match of the three-game set. No. 10 UA won Saturday’s game 9-4.

Sisk walked both batters she faced, but the loss went to Sarah Akamine (7-2), who gave up five runs – two earned – in 7 1/3 innings.

Brittany Lastrapes had given UA a 4-1 lead in the top of the seventh with a two-run homer. Stacie Chambers hit a two-run home run to put UA up 2-0 in the fourth.

The Wildcats host UTEP for a doubleheader Wednesday. The first game starts at 4 p.m.

UA swimming

California won the women’s Pac-10 title in Federal Way, Wash., over the weekend, while UA was second.

The Golden Bears posted 1,550 points to Arizona’s 1,339. Stanford was third with 1,317.

The UA men will compete in the Pac-10 meet starting Wednesday in Long Beach, Calif.

UA men’s tennis

The Wildcats (9-1) won their seventh straight match Saturday, beating visiting Fresno State 4-3.

Jay Goldman won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles for UA, which hosts New Mexico State at 1 p.m. Friday.

UA gymnastics

The Wildcats won their fourth straight meet by beating host California on Sunday, 194.625-191.375.

The Wildcats host Denver at 7 p.m. Friday.

Pima softball

The No. 23-ranked Aztecs won the El Paso (Texas) CC Tournament, beating Odessa (Texas) College 3-0 in the semifinals and topping No. 4 Midland (Texas) College 5-1 in the title on Saturday.

The Aztecs visit Mesa at 2 p.m. Tuesday for a doubleheader.

Pima baseball

The Aztecs (10-6) swept a pair of games from visiting Arizona Western on Saturday, winning 5-1 and 10-1.

Richie Sandoval (Amphi High School) picked up the victory in the opener, while Marc Damon (Tucson High) won the second game.

Pima hosts Cochise College in a doubleheader starting at noon Tuesday.

Pima women’s hoops

The No. 2-seeded Aztecs (24-5) will host Scottsdale at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the opener of the Region 1 Tournament.

Saturday, Abyee Maracigan (Flowing Wells) and Tia Morrison were honored as members of the All-ACCAC first team, while Todd Holthaus was named the coach of the year.

Pima men’s hoops

The Aztecs closed their season with a 10-20 record after losing in overtime to visiting Mesa 85-78 on Saturday. Terrence Hill (Rincon/University) and Shannon Doctor (Sierra Vista Buena) were named to the All-ACCAC second team.

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