Cats Blast Bluejays in Nightcap for Split

March 7, 2009

TUCSON--Arizona acted like it was a bit miffed after dropping the opener, and came out swinging to blast Creighton 19-2 in the nightcap of a twinbill in the Hillenbrand Invitational softball tournament Saturday night.

Stacie Chambers slugged two home runs and Jenae Leles and Sam Banister also got in the act, but those were just four of Arizona's 18 hits in the contest. Meantime, Lindsey Sisk tossed a two-hitter.

Arizona, the designated visiting team, got off to a better start than in the CU opener, batting around and putting four runs on the board in the first. Leles hit a three-run home run, and Banister doubled and later scored on a passed ball.

The Bluejays picked up an unearned run in their half of the first. Bailey Dawson led off with a single, moved up on a grounder for the second out, and scored on a throwing error by UA shortsthop K'Lee Arredondo to trim the lead.

But Arizona batted around again in the second, with Chambers pounding a three-run homer to highlight a five-run rally that pushed UA to a 10-1 lead. It was her 11th home run and 42nd RBI in 24 games.

In the third, Chambers extended both marks with a two-run home run to left center, with both runs unearned after a fielding error put Sam Banister aboard.

Banister got in the act in the UA fourth, banging a two-run homer to cap a four-run inning, with Leles picking up another RBI on a single and Arredondo hitting a sac fly.

The Jays got in the long ball syndrome when Renae Sinkler led off with a solo blast to right field, only the second hit off UA pitcher Sisk.

Arizona just kept going, with a three-run fifth, keyed by a two-run single from Karissa Buchanan and an RBI double by Leles to post the Cats' final runs in the five-inning game.

Kylie Hovinga (2-2) took the loss for the Bluejays, who dropped to 8-6 on the year. Arizona improved to 19-5 overall.

The Cats play Saint Joseph's in a doubleheader at 12 noon following a 9:30 contest between Creighton and Minnnesota.


Game 7 - Creighton 6, Arizona 0 TUCSON--A pair of home runs and solid pitching from Tara Oltman helped Creighton thump No. 13 Arizona, 6-0, Saturday afternoon in the opening game of a doubleheader at UA's Hillenbrand Invitational tournament.

The Cats lost for the first time in 11 games at home this year.

Oltman scattered five hits and kept UA's hitters off balance throughout. Arizona's 3-4-5 hitters struck out three times, hit into a double play and flied out three times in eight at-bats. She struck out seven and walked only two

The Bluejays (8-5) got on the board in the top of the third with a leadoff infield single by Bailey Dawson, a sacrifice by Michelle Koch and a run-scoring single from Renae Sinkler.

After a wild pitch by UA starter Sarah Akamine (10-3) moved Sinkler up a base, Creighton's Laura Krattochvil banged a home run off the batter's eye in center, which chased Akamine in favor of Jennifer Martinez, and Arizona trailing 3-0.

Arizona (18-5) had base runners in each of the first five innings, and had the bases loaded in the fourth, but couldn't come up with a timely hit off Oltman, who almost a year to the day beat Arizona last season in Tucson, 2-1, on March 8 with a two-hitter.

Dawson clouted a three-run home run in the top of the sixth to give the Jays some cushion, all unearned runs because of an earlier bobbled grounder in the inning by Martinez.

Martinez struck out nine in four and two-thirds innings of the no-decision appearance, her longest pitching stint as a Wildcat.


Game 6 - Minnesota 5, Saint Joseph's 0

TUCSON--Briana Hassett struck out 11 and tossed a two-hitter to help lift Minnesota to a5-0 victory over Saint Joseph's for a doubleheader sweep over the Hawks Saturday in Arizona's Hillenbrand Inviational.

A pair of home runs provided some cushion, but Minnesota (12-13) got all the runs it needed in the first.

The Gophers picked up a run in the first with an infield grounder by Heidi Carls that drove in Sammie Howard, who had drawn a walk and moved up on singled by Malissa Barnes and Shannon Stemper.

After Howard singled in the third, Barnes nailed a first-pitch offering from Dani Gonzales for a home run and a 3-0 lead.

Brianna Sudenga's two-run home run in the bottm of the sixth put the final runs across for Minnesota, which now is 2-2 on the weekend.

SJU fell to 0-4 on the weekend and 4-7 overall. Dani Gonzales (3-3) took the loss.


Game 5 - Minnesota 8, Saint Joseph's 0

TUCSON--Minnesota's Briana Hassett (11-7) pitched a four-hit shutout and five Hawks errors helped the Golden Gophers (11-13) take advantage of Saint Joseph's, 8-0, in five innings Saturday afternoon in Arizona's Hillenbrand Invitational softball tournament.

Saint Joseph's (4-6) had the bases loaded with one in the first after singles by Laura Cardone and Bernadette Moran and a walk to Brooke Darreff, but Hassett got out of the jam with a strikeout and fly ball to strand three.

The Golden Gophers scored four unearned runs on the bottom of the first. After two outs Katie Dalen got a single and errors by shortstop Moran put two more aboard. Aubrey Davis walked to drive in a run, a wild pitch scored another, and a throwing error by third baseman Monica Aguilar let two cross the plate.

Minnesota picked up three mores runs in the third keyed by a two-run single by Colleen Conway, both unearned after a dropped throw on an attempted forceout by Moran. The Gophes added a fin in the top of the fifth. SJU pitcher Erin Gallagher (1-4) took the loss, but only one of the seven runs charged against her was earned.

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