Cats Bomb SJU for Twinbill Sweep

March 8, 2009

TUCSON--Arizona wracked up 18 hits and two more runs than that in slugging past Saint Joseph's, 20-1, Sunday to sweep a doubleheader in the final game of the Hillenbrand Invitational softball tournament.

The Cats socked six home runs, one shy of the school record of seven against Boston University in 2004. UA scored 13 runs in its last two at-bats to blow the game wide open. Arizona improved to 21-5 overall, while Saint Joe's dropped to 4-9.

The Cats scored a pair in the first on bases-loaded walks to Stacie Chambers and Laine Roth for a quick lead. For Chambers, it was her 50th RBI in 26 games, best in the nation.

Jenae Leles launched a ball high off the wall of nearby Gittings Gym for a two-run home run after a Lauren Schutzler single in the Cats' second. But the Hawks' Erika Rosenwinkel turned on a Jennifer Martinez pitch to slam a home run in the top of the third and trim the lead to 4-1.

Arizona picked up a run on a passed ball and Brittany Lastrapes doubled to the gap in right field in the top of the third after a pair of walks for three more UA runs.

UA stretched it to 15-1 with an eight-run fourth. It started with a walk, a Sam Banister double and Chambers' RBI groundout, and Lini Koria added an RBI single. But Roth banged a two-run home run, her fourth of the year, and Lastrapes added a three-run homer, her sixth. Lauren Schutzler hit the next pitch deep to center for another, her third.

In the UA fifth, Lastrapes socked her second homer, this one a three-run shot, for her sixth RBI and later in the inning, Leles socked her second of the game, a two-run shot, for the final margin.

Jennifer Martinez (1-0) earned her first career decision for the victory in allowing only three hits, while SJU's Erin Gallagher (1-5) took the loss.

Arizona finished 5-1 in the round-robin tourney, with Minnesota and Creighton checking in at 3-2. SJU was 0-6.

The No. 13-ranked Cats had 17 home runs in the six games to set the school weekend-tournament record for four-baggers.


Game 8 - Arizona 14, Saint Joseph's 5

Arizona batted around in two innings and put up 10 runs in the third for a romp over visiting Saint Joseph's, 14-5, in the opener of a doubleheader at the end of the Wildcats' Hillenbrand Invitational tournament Sunday.

Kristen Arriola's two-run home run and RBIs by Stacie Chambers and Lini Koria got Arizona going with a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

With two outs in the SJU third, Monica Aguilar reached on an error by shortstop Victoria Kemp, and Brooke Darreff doubled to the gap in left. Erika Rosenwinkel singled in a run. Dana Bieniek then singled in pinch runner Heather Brabazon to make it 4-2.

Arizona responded with its own rally, batting around, and then some, in its half of the third, for a 10-run rally.

It started with a single by Jenae Leles. Sam Banister reached on an error and Chambers drove in a run with a single to right. Lini Koria then knocked a base hit to right for a 6-2 lead. Laine Roth drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Victoria Kemp followed with an RBI single and Karissa Buchanan was hit by a pitch to drive in a run.

Lastrapes bounced one to second base that was mishandled for a fifth run, and the bases were still loaded. Arriola took two off the bases with a single up the middle. Banister reached on a fielder 's choice and Chambers then blasted her 13th home run and a 14-2 lead.

Laura Cardone hit a two-out triple to right center to give the Hawks a runner in scoring position, and Bernadette Moran singled her in. Aguilar then blasted a looping homer to the gap in left to trim the lead to 14-5.


Game 9 - Minnesota 1, Creighton 0

TUCSON--Katie Dalen's pinch-hit single in the eighth was the lone hit off Creighton's Sara Oltman, but it was enough to lift Minnesota to a 1-0 vicory over the Bluejays in a Sunday morning pitcher's duel to close the teams' play in Arizona's Hillenbrand Invitational softball tournament.

Oltman threw no-hit ball for seven and one- third innings while UM's Briana Hassett matched her by allowing only a bunt single by Liz McKewon.

Shannon Stemper walked in the second and Brianna Sudenga was hit by a pitch in the sixth to reach base for Minnesota (13-13) before the eighth. The Hawks had the third-inning single by McKewon and three players reach on errors, plus the free base runner in extra innings.

Sara Loeffelholz started the top of the eighth on second base under the international tie-breaker rule and was sacrificed to third by Cassidy Nee. But Hassett got a shallow fly ball and a grounder to end the threat.

Minnesota's Heidi Carls was moved to third in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice bunt by Alissa Koch to set up the winning hit by Dalen.

Hassett (13-7) struck out 10 in a full eight innings, while Oltman (6-5) struck out 11 in her stint for Creighton (8-7).

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