Cats Pound Out Two Friday Wins

Feb. 12, 2010

Game 2 - Arizona 10, Purdue 0 (5 innings)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The junior combo of Stacie Chambers and Brittany Lastrapes combined for six RBI, and Kenzie Fowler held Purdue to one hit in her college debut as Arizona upended the Boilermakers, 10-0, in five innings on Friday evening.

Fowler (1-0) struck out eight and issued two walks in the complete game victory. Purdue used a trio of pitchers, but Erika Petruzzi (0-1) was charged with the loss, giving up eight runs in one-and-a-third.

Arizona (2-0) started early again as Brittany Lastrapes was plunked, then Lauren Schutzler laid down a perfect bunt and beat out the throw for a base hit. After a strikeout, Stacie Chambers hit a liner to right field rolled through the legs of Suzie Rzegocki and to the fence, allowing Lastrapes and Schutzler to score. Chambers would later score on a fielder's choice.

In the second, UA tacked on seven more - all by way of the long ball. Lastrapes hit UA's first home run of the season after Matte Haack walked and Victoria Kemp doubled, Chambers hit a line drive two-run shot and Baillie Kirker put up another two-spot on a shot to left centerfield, bringing the margin to 10-0 after two.

Purdue (0-2) only put four runners on base all game, and Fowler finished the inning with a strikeout on three separate occasions.

Game 1 - Arizona 13, Western Michigan 0 (5 innings)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Senior Sarah Akamine tossed her first career solo no-hitter and hard-hitting Arizona touched up Western Michigan pitching for seven runs in the first inning as the Wildcats downed the Broncos, 13-0, in five innings at the Tempe Sports Complex on Friday afternoon.

Akamine's no-no was the first since May 4, 2008 when Taryne Mowatt shut down the then-No. 23 Washington Huskies offense in a 3-0 win on the road. The two combined for a no-hitter on Feb. 29, 2008 against South Florida in a 12-0 win in Tucson.

The Escondido, Calif. native Akamine (1-0) allowed only two base runners; one on a walk in the third and the other on a fielding error by Arredondo in the fifth.

Meanwhile, the Arizona (1-0) bats came to life in the first, helped out by six drawn walks. K'Lee Arredondo plated the first duo of Wildcat runs with a single up the middle, then, after two walks, Baillie Kirker tallied her first career RBI on a sacrifice fly that scored Arredondo. Kristen Arriola followed with a two-run single, then Brittany Lastrapes drew a bases-loaded walk and Lauren Schutzler hit a sacrifice fly to cap the inning up 7-0.

After two relatively quiet innings at the plate, UA tacked on six more runs in the fourth. Four Cats drew walks and pinch-hitter Becca Tikey knocked home her first two career RBI on a bloop single. Schutzler followed shortly thereafter with a two-run double, and Arredondo plated her third RBI of the day on a single through the right side to bring the score to 13-0.

The Cats drew 14 walks in the game with a modest seven hits, but Schutzler and Arredondo two had hits apiece and Arriola had a key knock to give each of them three RBI.

In the WMU (1-1) fifth, Akamine snagged a sharp liner then forced two groundouts to preserve the no-no.

Kayla Houston (0-1) took the loss after giving up seven runs in 0.1 innings pitched. Meredith Whitney went the rest of the way, giving up six earned runs on five hits.

Up Next: The Cats take on Northwestern at 11:30 a.m. at ASU's Farrington Stadium, then play North Dakota State at 2 p.m.

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