Cats Fall to Ducks in 10 Innings

May 7, 2009

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon's Lindsey Chambers hit a 10th-inning one-out double to score her twin sister Kelsey and give the Ducks a 2-1 win over No. 6 Arizona on Thursday afternoon.

The game was the longest of the season for the Cats, and the loss moves their extra-innings record to 1-3. Overall, UA falls to 39-14 with an 11-7 mark in conference play. Oregon improved to 16-32 and 3-16 in the Pac-10.

Arizona left 14 runners on base, with 10 of them stranded scoring position. For the second year in a row in the final game against Oregon, the Cats left that many number on base and could not come up with a timely hit.

Sam Skillingstad (12-14) tossed the complete game, tossing 171 total pitches. The freshman scattered 10 hits, but only allowed one run and four walks while striking out eight.

Sarah Akamine (18-6) allowed two earned runs, but became the first Wildcat pitcher to strike out 10 in a game. She issued two walks and scattered seven hits in 9.1 innings.

UO tallied a run in their first at-bat. Leadoff hitter Sari-Jane Jenkins walked on five pitches - Sam Banister had covered the outlining of the batter's box with dirt after striking out in the top half, and home plate umpire John Bennett awarded Jenkins a ball before her at-bat. Jenkins stole second, then moved to third on a passed ball. Neena Bryant laid down a squeeze play to score Jenkins, but after giving up another single, Akamine struck out Carlyn Re to end the inning, Oregon up 1-0.

Arizona left three stranded in the top of the second. Lini Koria walked to lead off and Lauren Schutzler singled with one out, but Karissa Buchanan struck out and, after Brittany Lastrapes walked, K'Lee Arredondo flew out to end the threat.

Skillingstad thwarted a two-out rally in the UA third. Banister singled a liner into left and Koria walked, but Victoria Kemp struck out to leave two more runners on base.

The Cats left another couple on in the fourth. Buchanan singled with one out and Arredondo was plunked after another out, but slugger Jenae Leles popped up to short to end another UA threat, giving Arizona nine runners left on base through four innings.

Stacie Chambers, who hadn't homered since April 19, smoked a line drive blast to centerfield to leadoff the fifth inning and tie the game at one. The yard ball was her nation-leading 27th, and 120th of the season for the Cats, six shy of tying the record set by the 2001 team.

Oregon's Ashley Kivett ended a streak of 12 straight batters retired by Akamine with a base hit in between the foul line and a diving Jenae Leles at third base. But Arizona's junior pitcher forced Lindsey Chambers into a groundout to end the inning.

Schutzler led off the UA sixth with an infield single, but was forced out at second when Buchanan reached on a fielder's choice. Lastrapes put down a bunt single, and both moved on Arredondo's groundout to second. But a Leles towering shot was caught at the wall by Jenkins to keep the score tied.

Koria doubled off the left field wall with two outs in the seventh, but Kristen Arriola, who had replaced Kemp in the third, struck out swinging.

In the UO eighth, Jenkins walked, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error with two outs, but Cortney Kivett grounded out to short.

Stacie Chambers hit a two-out just inside the base line in the top half of the ninth, and pinch runner Jill Malina reached third on a passed ball, but Banister's hard grounder was snagged by Cortney Kivett who made the play at first.

Arriola reached on a one-out error in the 10th inning and was moved over by a sac bunt, but pinch hitter Alicia Banks - who was seeing her first at-bat since March 10 against Simon Fraser - struck out swinging.

Kelsey Chambers singled to open up the bottom half, and beat out a one-out play at second. Lindsey Chambers followed up with a double, scoring her Kelsey and giving UO the 2-1 victory.

Up Next: Arizona will take on the Oregon State Beavers at 3 p.m. on Friday.

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