Softball Powers Through Saturday

May 18, 2008

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Three more home runs in another offensive explosion powered the 7-seed Wildcats by the Hofstra Pride (44-12), 10-0, in five innings in Game 3 of the NCAA Softball Championships at the Hempstead Regional.

Taryne Mowatt (26-12) fanned five and allowed two hits in four innings of work. Sarah Akamine came in to pitch in the fifth inning for Arizona and allowed a hit.

Arizona (38-16) loaded the bases in the first, courtesy of two walks and a double by K'Lee Arredondo. After a strikeout, Stacie Chambers nailed a high fly to left center which was caught, but was deep enough to score Brittany Lastrapes from third. The next batter, Sam Banister, drilled an 0-1 pitch over the centerfield wall for her ninth home run of the season to plate three more and bring the margin to 4-0 before the Pride saw the dish.

Lauren Schutzler led off the UA second with an infield hit, followed up by a stolen base and an error in the same sequence which allowed the freshman to advance to third. One out later, Brittany Lastrapes singled into shallow center to score Schutzler and Arredondo doubled to move her to third. After a Jenae Leles sacrifice fly to right, Arredondo was gunned down trying to advance to third to end the inning with two more for the Cats, 6-0.

In the Arizona third, Laine Roth singled into left to bring Chambers to the plate, who smashed the first offering from Kayleigh Lotti (22-6) out of the park to dead centerfield. An out later, Callista Balko followed up with her second smash in two games, totaling 14 for the season. Two consecutive outs ended the inning with the red and blue on top, 9-0.

The Cats tacked on another in the fourth when Lastrapes knocked a double into left center, tagged up on a fly to right, and advanced home when the attempted gun-down throw went into the Hofstra dugout, 10-0.

Up Next: Arizona will play in the championship series on Sunday, one win away from advancing to the Super Regionals. They will have two chances to move on, starting with Game 6 at 9:30 a.m. Tucson time (12:30 EDT). UA' s opponent will be one of two teams they have already defeated in the tournament: Hofstra or Canisius, which will be determined in a game immediately beforehand at 7 a.m. (10 EDT). Long Island was eliminated by Canisius, 3-2, in the late game on Saturday.

Game 1: Softball Run-Rules Canisius

Box Score

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - In the first of two UA games on the day, big third and fourth innings propelled the 7-seed Wildcats past the Canisius College Golden Griffins, 11-0 in five innings, in the opening game at the NCAA Softball Championships in the Hempstead Regional.

Taryne Mowatt (25-12) struck out nine in four innings, while giving up one hit and one walk. The Arizona offense exploded for 12 hits in the opening round win.

Mowatt ran into trouble from the get-go, giving up a leadoff double to Jenny Mahue, who advanced to third on a wild pitch. Two outs and a walk later, Michelle Fridey found herself on second with a stolen base, but Mowatt struck out Cameron Norton to end the Griffins (38-13) threat with two left on.

Brittany Lastrapes led off the Arizona (37-16) order with a walk, but was unable to advance after a strikeout and a line drive double play to right field when she was caught trying to retreat to first.

The flood gates opened in the next two UA innings. Callista Balko knocked a 1-0 pitch over the left center fence to open the scoring with a leadoff long ball, her 13th of the season. That was followed up by a single from Lauren Schutzler, and after a sac bunt, back-to-back home runs by Brittany Lastrapes and K'Lee Arredondo made the score 4-0. The bombs were the sixth of the season for both. Starter Juliette Bowers was chased in favor of Lindsay Morris, and two consecutive groundouts ended the inning.

Three consecutive base hits juiced the bases with no outs in the Cats' fourth, and Schutzler knocked a single into left to score Stacie Chambers. Cyndi Duran followed up with a two-run single up the middle, while Lastrapes reached on a fielder's choice. Arredondo knocked in a run on a hit, and Leles responded with a two-run double of her own. In Chambers' second at-bat of the inning, she singled into left to score Leles, unearned, and bring the final margin.

Lindsey Sisk came in to pitch the top half of the fifth, with the Cats up 11-0. She gave up a leadoff base hit, but regrouped for three consecutive outs to end the game.

The Griffins used three pitchers on the day, but Juliette Bowers (20-2) was credited with the loss in giving up four runs on four hits in 2.1 innings pitched.

Notes: The error committed by Leles in Game 1 was the first UA error since April 27 against Oregon State...UA outscored their opponents 21-0 on Saturday, hitting six home runs in the process.

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