No. 4 Wildcats Edge No. 8 Cardinal, 5-4, Sunday
April 18, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 4 Arizona Wildcats used three home runs to best the eighth-ranked Stanford Cardinal, 5-4, Sunday, at Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. The Cardinal drops to 4-5 in the Pac-10 and 30-9 overall, while the Wildcats improve to 5-4 in the conference and 35-7 on the year.
Freshman Jenna Rich earned the start in the circle for the Cardinal and dropped to 2-1 on the season. The El Segundo, Claif., native threw two innings, giving up five hits and three earned runs while striking one batter. Junior Ashley Chinn entered the game in the third and went 4.0 innings, fanning six batters while giving up just three hits and one run. Arizona's Kenzie Fowler picked up her third win of the weekend, pushing her record to 24-5.
Offensively, Stanford out hit Arizona 10-8 despite the loss. Senior Shannon Koplitz led the way going 3-4 with two doubles and a RBI. Sophomore Ashley Hansen and junior Melisa Koutz each tallied two hits for the Cardinal, while Rich was 1-4 with two RBI.
The Cardinal did not waste any time putting runs on the board Sunday. Haber hit a double up the middle on the first pitch by Akamine. She moved to third as Hansen grounded out in the infield. Koplitz gave Stanford the early 1-0 lead with an RBI double to left center field.
Stanford added to its lead in the third with two consecutive extra-base hits. Koplitz registered her second double of the game to put a runner on for the Cardinal. Up next, Rich hit her team-best 11th home run of the season for the 3-0 Stanford advantage.
However, Arizona came back in the bottom of the third to erase the Stanford lead. Center fielder Lauren Schutzler reached on an error by Hansen and then short stop K'Lee Arredondo hit a single up the middle to put two on for the Wildcats. Catcher Stacie Chambers hit a home run to right field to clear the bases and tie the game at 3-3. Then, the next batter, Brigette Del Ponte registered a solo home run to put Arizona on top, 4-3.
Stanford scored one run in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 4-4. Sophomore Jenna Becerra led off with a single through the right side. She advanced to second with her first stolen base of the season. Hansen brought her home with a hard hit double into right field.
The Wildcats broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth as designated player Lini Koria hit a solo home run over the center field wall. Stanford was unable to generate anymore offense as Arizona went on to win the game.
Up next, the Cardinal will return to The Farm to host San Jose State, Wednesday, Apr. 21 at 6 p.m. Stanford will then continue Pac-10 play at home against UCLA. The three-game series with the Bruins will take place Apr. 23-25 at Smith Family Stadium.