Homers Propel Cats past Red Storm
March 7, 2010
TUCSON -- The long ball scored nine runs for the No. 2-ranked Wildcats in their 13-5 victory over visiting St. John's on Sunday.
The Red Storm (6-4) picked up two runs in the first with hits by Chelsea Durning, Amber Curry and Kacee Cox and two run-scoring ground balls from Stacia Dopudja and Chrissy Montez.
The Cats (16-1) answered quickly. STJ pitcher Linzee Sumrall walked the first three Wildcats in the order, and then Stacie Chambers hit a two-run single to right center. An out later, Lini Koria's ground ball brought in a third run and with two outs, Baillie Kirker drove one through the wind for a two-run home run and a 5-2 Arizona lead.
UA pushed the lead to 9-2 in the bottom of the second with a grand slam by Brigette Del Pointe - her fourth homer in as many games - that chased Sumrall (3-3).
St. John's fought back with a single from Cox and a two-run home run by Dopudja and then tacked on an unearned run after an error by Arredondo allowed Chrissy Montez to reach second, move up on a passed ball and score on an infield single by Kristi Cady.
Arizona pounded out a couple more home runs in the fourth. Koria hit a two-run shot after a Del Ponte single and Kirker hit her second of the game. Koria's shot cleared the left field stands and hit the clubhouse 70 feet beyond the fence.
Del Ponte singled in K'Lee Arredondo in the bottom of the fifth to give UA the mercy-rule margin and end the game.
Sarah Akamine (5-1) picked up the victory. She allowed nine hits, walked one and struck out six.
In the second scheduled game, against Idaho State, UA opened its half of the first with five consecutive hits including a bases-clearing double by Stacie Chambers and a run-scoring single from Del Ponte.
The Cats batted around and added another run on a single to left by Brittany Lastrapes to take a 5-0 lead, but the game was called in the second inning due to the rain. It will not be made up, but tickets can be redeemed for a future game. Call (520) 621-CATS for more information.
St. John's stays in Tucson to play a doubleheader against the Cats starting at 6 p.m. Monday night.