Arizona Overpowers Utah

Feb. 21, 2009

Game 5 - Arizona 12, Utah 1TUCSON--No. 11 Arizona kept its Wildcat Invitational game scores in doublefigures with a 14-hit attack to beat Utah, 12-1, Saturday afternoon in fiveinnings.

Sarah Akamine pitched two-hit ball for four innings to improve to 6-0, anddropped the Utes to 0-4 in Tucson. Jennifer Martinez mopped things up in thecircle for UA.

The Cats (10-2) kept their hot hitting going from the start, batting around inthe bottom of the first.

It started with a double by Brittany Lastrapes, a bunt single by LaurenSchutzler, and an RBI single from Jenae Leles to put a run on the board. An outlater Stacie Chambbes singled to drive in Schutzler, although Leles was thrownout at third.

Lini Koria was hit by a pitch and she and Chambers moved up on a wild pitch,with both then scoring on a double by Laine Roth. Victoria Kemp walked, andKristen Arriola was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but pitcher LindseyPalmer (1-1) got Lastrapes on a deep fly to center.

Angie Boardman hit a two-out home run to center to put the Utes (7-7) on theboard in the top of the second. Haylee Hoch reached on an error by UA shortstopKemp and Bonnie Muir beat out an infield hit, but Akamaine got a ground ballfrom Palmer to end the threat.

UA answered, with one-out singles from Leles, Sam Banister and Chambers to scorepinch-runner Jill Malina, and the Koria was hit by a pitch again to load thebases. Roth drove in another run with a fielder's choice.

Arizona batted around for the second time in the third. Kristen Arriola hit herfirst career home run to lead off, pushing the lead to 7-1. It wasn't all.After a walk and a single, Chambers yanked her fifth bomb of the year to makeit 10-1.

In the UA fourth, Utah reliever Brittany Parker loaded the bases with a walk toArriola, a single by Schutzler and a walk to Leles. Sam Banister drew a walk todrive in a run, and Chambers dinked one down the right field line to drive inanother to make it 12-1. More damage was avoided when Ute third baseman WhitneyHolm turned a 5-3 double play off a ground ball byIt gave Arizona runs in 10 consecutive innings during the weekend.

Game 4 - NDSU 2, Utah 0

TUCSON--North Dakota State's Randi Parks earned her first decision of the yearwith a shutout performance to pace the Bison to a 2-0 victory over Utah insecond-day action of the Wildcat Invitational softball tournament.

Parks scattered five hits and bested Utah's Joni Cook, who also gave up five andtook her fourth loss against no victories. The Utes lost their second game toNDSU (7-1) in as many days.

Utah (7-6) had a scoring opportunity taken away in the bottom of the second by anice defensive play. After a single by Staci Hemingway and two outs, Haylee Hochdoubled to the gap in right center. But Bison centerfielder Taylor Lynn fired athrow to second baseman Elisa Victa relayed to catcher Kelly Cantrell at theplate to cut down Hemingway.

NDSU quickly countered. Rivera got a one-out bunt single and stole second, adnthen Laurel Pipkin singled up the middle to plate the first run.

The Bison added another in the top of the fourth. Richel Briones singled up themiddle, was sacrificed over by Jackie Currie and moved to third on a wild pitchby Joni Cook. Lynn beat out a grounder to third for the RBI single.

The Utes threatened in the seventh with two aboard after single by Sharee Fonotiand Hemingway, but Parks got Angie Boardman to fly to center for the final out.

Utah was to play Arizona in the next game of the mini-tourney, with NDSU-Arizonascheduled for the evening game

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