Softball Powers Way to Two Friday W's

March 13, 2009

Game 2 - Arizona 9, New Mexico 1 (5 inn.)

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FULLERTON, Calif. -- Stacie Chambers plated seven of No. 12 Arizona's nine runs on two homers en route to a 9-1 five-inning victory over the New Mexico Lobos in their second game at the Judi Garman Classic.

Chambers had a grand slam, and a three-run jack in the contest for Arizona. Sarah Akamine (13-3) tossed four innings of shutout ball, striking out five and scattering six hits. Jennifer Martinez pitched the last inning, giving up three hits and an earned run.

Analise Rubalcava (5-8) threw 3.1 innings, giving up nine earned runs and issuing five walks.

New Mexico (8-12) tallied three hits in the top of the first, loading the bases with two outs. But Akamine took down Jessica Lujan-Dresslar on strikes to end the half with three left on base.

UA's bats came to life in their half, as the Cats batted around and picked up five runs. A Kristen Arriola base hit sandwiched between two walks loaded the bases for Chambers, who unloaded on the 3-1 pitch for her 14th home run and third grand slam of the season. Lini Koria followed four pitches later with a drive to dead center, her ninth, to give Arizona a 5-0 lead.

Koria walked to leadoff the third for Arizona (25-5). A base hit by Laine Roth moved her to second, and she scored on a RBI groundout from Lauren Schutzler, giving the Cats a 6-0 margin.

Chambers struck again in the UA fourth, planting a 1-0 pitch onto Field 2 at the Anderson Family complex where, coincidentally, Arizona State was playing. The three-run shot gave Arizona a 9-0 lead. After Koria nabbed her second hit of the game, Rubalcava was lifted in favor of Danielle Castro. She gave up a walk, but forced two popups to end the inning.

New Mexico tallied a run in the top of the fifth, when Katie Gilmore singled home Samantha Hughes from second.

Game 1 - Arizona 6, Texas 5

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FULLERTON, Calif. -- No. 12 Arizona's two runs in the bottom of the sixth provided enough insurance to down the Texas Longhorns, 6-5, in their first game at the Judi Garman Classic on Friday.

The two runs crossed on a double by Sam Banister to give UA a 6-2 margin headed into the final inning - an inning in which UT would score three runs.

Sarah Akamine (12-3) gave up four hits in four innings of work. The junior struck out four and allowed two runs, one unearned. Jennifer Martinez picked up her first save of the year, scattering three hits, but giving up three earned runs - all in the final inning. The senior struck out just as many as her teammate, but issued two walks.

UT hurler Brittany Barnhill (9-4) was touched up for six earned runs on five hits, issued eight walks and struck out two. Erin Tresselt tossed an inning for the Longhorns, giving up a hit.

Texas (19-8) plated a run in their first at-bats. After Alexis Bennett reached on a one-out error, three-hole hitter Amy Hooks singled her to second. A strikeout later, Nadia Taylor stroked a high bouncer up the middle to score Bennett, unearned.

It took the Cats (24-5) only four pitches to tie the game. Brittany Lastrapes hit a leadoff homer to left center, her ninth, on a 2-1 count to knot the score. Two walks later, Banister put down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over. Stacie Chambers was hit by a pitch, then Lini Koria was walked with the bases loaded to plate another UA run. Laine Roth grounded into a fielder's choice to score Leles, upping Arizona's margin to 3-1.

Base hits by Lauren Schutzler and Lastrapes led off the UA second. But two fielder's choices nabbed both runners at third base and, after a walk to Banister, Chambers grounded out to first to end the threat.

The Longhorns came within one in the top of the third with a double, and a two-out RBI single that scored Desiree Williams.

Arizona widened the margin in their half, when Victoria Kemp smacked a one-out double that scored Koria from first. A popup and a fielder's choice ended the inning with the Cats up 4-2.

Barnhill was chased after walking Lastrapes and Kristen Arriola to lead off the Arizona sixth. The junior Tresselt came in and forced Leles into a popup, but gave up a two-run double to Banister, giving UA a 6-2 lead.

Late-inning miscues nearly plagued the Cats again as Texas nabbed three hits and a walk, all with two outs in their last at-bats. A double by Bennett scored two runs, and Hooks popped one up high to shallow right that second basemen Arriola and right fielder Banister let fall to the ground after some miscommunication, cutting the deficit to one. But Martinez struck out pinch hitter Loryn Johnson looking to end the contest, 6-5 Arizona.

Up Next: Arizona plays Penn State on Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by a 3:30 p.m. tilt with Notre Dame.

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