Cats Down Hawai'i, 5-1

June 5, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Kenzie Fowler threw a two-hitter and Brittany Lastrapes had a three-hit game as the 10-seed Wildcats eliminated upstart Hawai'i, 5-1, Saturday evening to advance to the semifinals of the Women's College World Series.

In front of a WCWS single-session record 9,080 single session record in attendance, Fowler picked up her second win of the day and upped her season record to 36-7 with a 13-strikeout performance.

Arizona (50-12) will play Tennessee at 2:30 p.m. CT (12:30 p.m. Tucson time) Sunday, needing to win twice to advance to the WCWS finals.

UA got things started early. Brittany Lastrapes took the first pitch back to Ricketts for a bunt single and Lauren Schutzler sacrificed her over. K'Lee Arredondo followed with a bunt, but the throw from Ricketts went past first baseman Amanda Tauali'i and allowed Lastrapes to score. Two Ricketts strikeouts ended the inning with UA up 1-0.

UH (50-16) answered back with a solo home run by Tracy Yoshikawa in the third, knotting the score.

But Arizona responded in their half of the frame. Buchanan led off with a single, then Lastrapes moved her to third with a single of her own. After a groundout, Arredondo doubled to left, plating Buchanan. Chambers followed up with a sac fly to score Lastrapes and open up a 3-1 lead.

The Cats tacked two more on in the fourth, all with two outs. Karissa Buchanan singled after Kristen Arriola drew a walk earlier in the inning, then Lastrapes singled to right but Arriola was held up at third. Schutzler hit a rocket grounder to second that Yoshikawa mishandled, allowing Arriola and Lastrapes to score unearned runs and boost UA to a 5-1 lead after four complete.

From then on, Fowler allowed just three base runners and struck out eight - including retiring the side on strikeouts in the sixth - to hold the potent Wahine offense at bay.

Stephanie Ricketts (30-10) allowed five runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings. Kaia Parnaby pitched two innings of shutout ball, walking one and striking out five.

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