Softball Stops Thundering Herd, 10-4

Feb. 13, 2009

TAMPA, Fla. -- No. 12 Arizona wasted no time in putting 10 on the board and downing the Marshall Thundering Herd, 10-4, in their first game at the Wilson Tournament hosted by USF Friday afternoon.

Arizona scored four runs in the first and second innings, and tacked on two more in the third to complete their tallies. Junior Sarah Akamine improved her record to 3-0 with an 11-hit, four-run performance. The junior gave up two earned runs, walked two and struck out three in 6.2 innings.

Redshirt senior Jennifer Martinez saw her first action in an Arizona uniform in the seventh inning, relieving Akamine with two outs. Martinez gave up a hit, but closed out the game.

Marshall hurler Caitlyn Jackson (1-1) was pulled before getting an out, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk. Because the lead never changed hands, she was credited with the loss. Autumn Mitchell pitched four innings, giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out four, and Katie Murphree pitched the other three, giving up two hits.

The first five Arizona (3-2) batters reached base before Jackson got the hook. Lini Koria hit an RBI single, followed by a Stacie Chambers two-run double. Sam Banister's fielder's choice Koria later in the inning to take a 4-0 lead. Banister was later forced out at second to end the inning, after the entire lineup had seen the dish.

The second inning was much of the same for the Cats. The top four hitters reached base and scored, including a bases-clearing, two-run double by Jenae Leles. Banister's sacrifice fly plated Koria to extend the lead to 4-0.

Marshall (3-2) scored four of their own in the bottom half. An error sandwiched between two base hits preceded a bases-clearing double by Rachel Schmidt. A Joscelyn Bitner single up the middle scored Schmidt to give the Herd their only tallies.

UA tacked on two more, courtesy of Leles once again. This time, she singled to right field, scoring the sophomore duo of Lauren Schutzler and Brittany Lastrapes.

From then on, Akamine and company kept Marshall off the board even though Akamine gave up five more hits, and Martinez gave up one.

Up Next: Arizona will take on host USF, with a scheduled start time of 5 p.m. ET (3 p.m. Tucson time).Fans can listen to the game live courtesy of the USF Student Radio Station.

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