Cats Eke Out 3-2 Win over Stanford

April 16, 2010

TUCSON -- No. 4 Arizona won a pitching duel of sorts and the Wildcats slipped past No. 8 Stanford, 3-2, Friday night to open a three-game Pac-10 series in Hillenbrand Stadium in front of 2,516 fans.

UA freshman Kenzie Fowler (22-5) tossed a four-hitter and struck out nine, while Stanford freshman Teagan Gerhart (22-6) and Ashley Chinn combined to hold UA to three hits, but one of them was a two-run home run that proved to be the difference.

The Cardinal put a runner in scoring position in the first when Alissa Haber walked on four consecutive pitches and stole second. Fowler got a popup and a strikeout, but then hit Shannon Koplitz. She struck out Rosey Neill looking to end the inning.

The Cats got a runner on in the first with a walk by Brittany Lastrapes and in the second when Brigette Del Ponte was hit by a pitch and Kristen Arriola walked. But Gerhart got out of both jams.

UA put the first run on the board with its first hit in the third. Lauren Schutlzer walked with one out and stole second. Gerhart got K'Lee Arredondo on a tapper back to the circle but Stacie Chambers doubled to the gap in left-center to score Schutzler for the 1-0 lead.

Del Ponte went the opposite way with a home run to right field to make it 3-0 on the second pitch from Gerhart, who was then lifted in favor of Ashley Chinn. She walked two batters and threw two wild pitches to put two runners in scoring position, but got Arriola on a foul pop to the catcher.

Stanford scored a run in the fifth after Fowler got herself into a jam with one-out to Sarah Hassman and Haber. Ashley Hansen doubled to left to score Hassman but left fielder Brittany Lastrapes and a relay throw from Del Ponte cut down Haber at the plate. Jenna Rich popped out to Fowler to end the rally.

Shannon Koplitz led off the Stanford sixth with a towering home run to left to cut the lead to 3-2. Fowler walked Rosey Neill, and pinch runner Autumn Albers moved up on a sac bunt by Maya Burns, but Fowler struck out Koutz and Jenna Becerra to end the rally.

The Cats got two aboard in the sixth with a fielding error and a bunt single by Karissa Buchanan, and both runners moved up on an infield out by Lastrapes. Chinn walked Schutzler to load the bases but got Arredondo to fly to left for the third out.

Stanford put the tying run at second with a single by Hassman to lead off the seventh. She moved up on an infield out by Haber, Hansen popped out to second and Fowler struck out Jenna Rich to end the game.

Arizona improved to 33-7 overall and 3-4 in Pac-10 play while Stanford dropped to 30-7 and 4-3.

The two teams play game two of the series at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hillenbrand.

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