One-Hitter by Fowler Caps Sweep

March 13, 2010

TUCSON--Arizona freshman Kenzie Fowler outdueled Creighton senior star Tara Oltman and shut down the Creighton Bluejays with a one-hitter, 6-0, Saturday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.

The victory came after UA's 16-1 win over St. John's and improved No. 2 Arizona to 21-1. Creighton dropped to 11-8. The Cats are 4-0 in their Wildcat Invitational tournament while CU checked in at 1-2 entering play later Saturday against UIC.

Fowler (14-0) struck out 17 and walked none. She gave up a single to Christa Ruf in the third inning and allowed only one other base runner, Michelle Graner, who reached on an error in the fifth inning.

Oltman (9-4) struck out nine, but was touched up for six hits and also suffered from four errors by her teammates.

UA scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Brittany Lastrapes reached on an error and with two outs scored on Stacie Chambers' hopping grounder up the middle.

UA picked up another run in the second on an RBI single by Lastrapes to plate Baillie Kirker who singled to lead off the inning. And then in the third, the Cats picked up two unearned runs when Arredondo singled, Del Ponte walked and both scored on an error by the second baseman.

Lastrapes singled in two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. She drove in six runs in UA's two games Saturday.

Arizona concludes play in the tourney Sunday at 1 p.m. against Minnesota. Earlier games include St. John's against UIC at 9 a.m. and a Northern Colorado-Creighton game at 11 a.m.

[Results from the late game Saturday will be available here early Sunday.]

Game 10 - 4:25 p.m. - Arizona 16, St. John's 1

Arizona collected 16 hits and scored as many runs in pounding St. John's, 16-1, in Saturday afternoon action at UA's Wildcat Invitational tournament

In the second inning, after singles by Kristen Arriola and Karissa Buchanan, Brittany Lastrapes blasted a three-run home run high off the wall beyond right field for a 3-0 lead.

Lauren Schutzler then singled, K'Lee Arredondo drew a walk, both moved up on a ground ball by Stacie Chambers, and Del Ponte singled to drive in both runners to make it 5-0.

Arriola hit a one-out solo home run, her third, in the third to start a rally. Buchanan singled, Lastrapes doubled, Schutzler singled in Buchanan, and Arredondo sinlged in Lastrapes to make it 8-0 with one out.

Chambers and Kirker drew walks and Haack singled in Chambers and Arrendondo to make it 11-0.

The Cats added four unearned runs in the top of the fifth on a two-run triple by Chambers and a two-run home run by Del Ponte.

Amber Curry doubled off UA releiver Ashley Ralston-Alvarez in the bottom of the fourth, moved to third on a single by Kacee Cox and scored on a ground ball by Stacia Dopudja to give St. John's its run.

Sarah Akamine (7-1) won in three innings of pitching in the five-inning mercy-rule game. She gave up two hits and walked none, striking out two. Tingley Jordan (1-3) took the loss.


......................................................................Game 9, 1:15 p.m. - St. John's 6, Minnesota 5

Meghan Gwynn slid across the plate with the winning run on a wild pitch by Lacey Middlebrooks to lift St. John's to a 6-5 victory over Minnesota in the bottom of the eighth. SJU tied the game with a race home by Chrissy Montez to beat a throw off an infield grounder by Shauntaine Harris.

Minneosta took a 5-4 lead in the top of the inning with a sac bunt by Alex Davis and a sac fly by Heidi Carls after the tie breaker rule placed a runner on second to start the inning.

Durning chopped an infield hit over the pitcher's glove to drive in Julie Sanchez for the go-ahead, unearned run in St. John's sixth inning. Sanchez singled and stole second, moving to third on a throwing error by the catcher -- Minnesota's fourth error.

Minnesota scored first, with a walk, a single and an RBI grounder by Alex Davis in the top of the first.

St. John's came right back in the bottom of the inning with a single by Chelsea Durning, a sacrifice by Amber Curry and two wild pitches by Lacey Middlebrooks. Kristi Cady blooped a single over first base to drive in an unearned run after a Minnesota error a few batters later, to give SJU a 2-1 lead.

UM got two singles and a hit batter to load the bases with one out in the second inning, but pitcher Linzee Sumrall got a fly ball and a strikeout to end the threat.

The Gophers had the bases loaded again in the third but this time got a sac fly from Erickson to knot the score. In the fifth, a squeeze play executed by batter Tina Watts and runner Allie Sui scored to make it 3-2. UM straned three more, however, for a total of 12 at the time.

The Red Storm loaded the bases with a UM error and two hit batters in the bottom of the fifth, and tied the game on a second error by shortstop Watts.

Durning chopped an infield hit over the pitcher's glove to drive in Julie Sanchez for the go-ahead, unearned run in St. John's sixth inning. Sanchez singled and stole second, moving to third on a throwing error by the catcher -- Minnesota's fourth error.

But UM came right back with a key RBI single from Sammie Howard to tie in the top of the seventh.

..........................................................................Game 8, 11:15 a.m. - UIC 3, Northern Colorado 0

Shutout pitching and some keys hits lifted UIC to victory over UNC in Wildcat Invitational play Saturday morning.

Starter Devin Miller and reliever Whitney Orellana combined to limit the Bears to two hits, a single by Erin Wilkinson and a double by Jessica McNabb, who was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple in the fifth.

Stephanie Chavez knocked a home run to right-center after a single by pinch-hitter Coryn Schmidt in the UIC fifth to give the Flames a 2-0 lead.UIC added a run in the top of the seventh with two hits, a walk and a sac fly by Brooke Frydenhall.

.........................................................................Game 7, 9 a.m. - Northern Colorado 9, Minnesota 0

Noel Rees homered to dead center to post the first run for UNC (7-14) in the first inning. The Gophers (10-15) tied it in the third with an RBI single from Abby Rehberger after Malisa Barnes led off the inning with a double.

UNC loaded the bases with two errors by Minnesota and a base hit by Jessica Schoepflin in the top of the fifth. Noel Wees singled through the left side for two RBI, both unearned. An infield hit by Melisa Ryba re-loaded the bases and Erin Wilkinson drew a walk for an RBI, also unearned. Pinch-hitter Lindsey Coward plated two more with a single to left for a 6-1 lead.

UNC picked up another unearned run in the sixth, with two Minnesota errors. In the seventh, a walk, a triple by Megan Hamilton and a single by Jessica McNabb brought in two more more runs to make it 9-1.

Melisa Ryba (3-1) earned the victory and Alissa Koch (0-9) took the loss.

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