Cats Get Back in the Win Column

May 8, 2009

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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- No. 6 Arizona used an offensive explosion and took advantage of three Beaver errors to halt their three-game losing streak, scattering 10 hits in a 10-0 run-ruling of Oregon State on Friday afternoon.

The Cats jacked two yard balls, and received shutdown pitching from senior Jennifer Martinez (10-4). The La Habra, Calif. native tossed all five innings, giving up three hits and striking out two.

The Beavers used a trio of pitchers in the contest. Starter Kelly Dyer (11-18) was touched up for four earned runs and a walk, and was yanked before recording an out. Paige Hall gave up five runs - two earned - in four innings, but struck out two. Karmen Holladay came in to pitch the UA fifth, allowing one run on two hits. Each OSU pitcher issued one walk.

Brittany Lastrapes led off the UA first with a bloop single down the right field line, followed by K'Lee Arredondo's bunt single. Jenae Leles walked to load the bases, then Stacie Chambers cleared them with a grand slam to left field. It was the 27th homer of the season for the junior, and her 85th RBI. After Sam Banister singled, starter Dyer was chased from the circle in favor of Hall, who came in and recorded three quick outs to stop the bleeding. The Cats went into the bottom half up 4-0.

On the first pitch she saw, Arredondo homered to straightaway center with two outs in the Arizona second to open up a 5-0 margin. The blast was UA's 122nd of the season, four shy of the NCAA record held by the 2001 Wildcat team. Leles walked for the second time in as many at-bats, but Chambers grounded out to end the half.

Karissa Buchanan robbed nine-hole hitter Dani Chisholm of a one-out hit when she sprinted from right field on a high pop, and made a diving, highlight-reel catch near centerfield. Martinez forced a groundout to end the inning.

The Cats tacked on three unearned runs in the fourth - all with two outs. Lastrapes reached on an error, Arredondo doubled to bring her home, then Leles reached on an error that scored Arredondo. Chambers hit a grounder up the middle that centerfielder Chisholm misplayed, allowing Leles to score from first, bringing the margin to 8-0 in favor of UA.

Paige Lowe broke up Martinez's no-hitter with a single in the bottom half, and Audrey Roderfeld followed up with a bloop single into center. But Martinez forced two popups to end the inning.

Arizona put up two more runs in the fifth. After Lini Koria doubled, she was forced out at second on Victoria Kemp's fielder's choice. Lauren Schutzler singled and pinch hitter Kristen Arriola walked, then Lastrapes hit a single through the right side to score Kemp. Arredondo followed up with an RBI fielder's choice to widen the margin to 10-0.

Up Next: Arizona plays Oregon State on Saturday at noon to close out the regular season.

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