Wildcat Bats Overwhelm Stanford
April 17, 2009
Tucson, Ariz. - The No. 9/11 Arizona Wildcats (34-9, 6-2 Pac-10) ripped three home runs, posted 13 hits and upset No. 2/2 Stanford (36-5, 6-4 Pac-10), 12-4, tonight in Pac-10 play at Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Six players accounted for the 13 Arizona hits, with five players recording multiple-hit games. Sophomore Brittany Lastrapes and junior K'Lee Arredondo were both 3-for-4 and combined to drive in five Wildcat runs. Senior Jenae Leles was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run. Sam Banister and Lini Koria has two hits as well.
The Cardinal was led by junior Alissa Haber, who was 3-for-4 on the night. The Cardinal was outhit 13-8.
Junior Sarah Akamine (15-4) was the winner in the circle for Arizona, allowing two earned runs in six innings of work and recording two strikeouts. Senior Missy Penna took the loss and dropped to 25-4 on the year.
Arizona's first three batters of the game recorded the team's first three hits to score the game's first three runs. Lastrapes singled up the middle to start the game and advanced on a bunt single by Arredondo. Leles then drilled Penna's first offering to left field for her 20th home run of the year.
Stanford chipped into the 3-0 lead in the third inning, pulling back within one on a two-RBI single by Maddy Coon. Sarah Hassman walked to lead off the inning and Haber followed with a single up the middle. Ashley Hansen loaded the bases when a Wildcat throw went off target, and with one out, Coon sent a ball down the right line that scored two runners.
The Wildcats got the runs right back in their half of the third, turning the one-run advantage into a five-run advantage. After Lastrapes' second single of the game, Arredondo belted a home run to center field to push Arizona's lead out to 5-2. Leles followed the long ball with a single and advanced to second on a ground ball. With two outs, Koria doubled to score Leles, and Kristen Arriola extended the rally with an RBI single to left field.
The Cardinal pushed its third run across in the fourth inning. Freshman Jenna Becerra hit a shallow pop-up that dropped on a miscommunication by the Arizona defense, and Hassman then put a single into right field. Haber loaded the bases with a bunt single and Becerra scored on a ground ball off the bat of Hansen.
In the fifth inning, Rosey Neill crushed an Akamine pitch to center field, lining her ninth home run of the season over the Hillenbrand Stadium wall.
In the sixth inning, two walks put a pair on for Lastrapes, who hit the third Wildcat home run of the game to right field and made it 10-4. Arredondo singled and Stacie Chambers walked to put runners at first and second for Sam Banister. Banister singled and Arredondo was able to score on a throw to pick off Chambers at second. After a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position, Koria doubled to send Chambers in and win the game by run rule, 12-4.
Stanford is back on the field tomorrow at Farrington Stadium in Tempe, meeting No. 5/8 Arizona State at 7 p.m.