Cats Throttle Beavers in Five, 20-1
April 23, 2010
TUCSON -- No. 3 Arizona polished its bats and clouted 14 hits in clobbering Oregon State, 20-1, Friday night in Pac-10 softball at Hillenbrand Stadium. A pile of walks helped, too.
UA freshman Kenzie Fowler (25-5) tossed one-hit ball through four innings and her teammates took care of the rest in the five-inning run-rule victory. K'Lee Arredondo drove in four runs with three hits, and Stacie Chambers hit two home runs and drove in three to help lead the way.
Arizona moved into a tie for second in the league standings in improving to 6-4, two games behind leader Washington, and upped their record to 36-7 overall. The Beavers dropped to 22-22 and 2-8 in league play. Oregon (6-4) lost at Arizona State to give UA a piece of second.
Paige Hall drew a walk and Fowler hit Audrey Roderfeld with two outs in the first to put an Oregon State runner in scoring position, but Fowler struck out Ally Kutz for the third out.
Arizona took the lead in the bottom of the first. Arredondo hit a slap infield single, and stole second with two outs. Chambers dropped a fly ball into the gap in left to bring in the score.
UA made it 10-0 in sending 14 batters to the plate in the second. Lini Koria and Baillie Kirker drew walks off pitcher Hall (16-17) and an out later Karissa Buchanan wedged one between drawn-in infielders on the left side to score Koria. Brittany Lastrapes hit a chop single to second base to load the bases, and then Lauren Schutzler dropped a soft liner into right to score two more and chase Hall in favor of reliever Kelly Dyer.
Arredondo then ripped one just inside the bag and legged out her fourth career triple to drive in two more runs. Stacie Chambers and Koria drew walks sandwiched around a strikeout by Brigette Del Ponte to load the bases, and Kirker drew another walk to drive in Arredondo.
Kristen Arriola singled to left to drive in two more, and Buchanan got her second RBI single of the inning to make it 10-0.
OSU got its first hit with a one-out single to left in the third by Lea Cavestany and an out later Hall drew another walk to put a runner on second, but Roderfeld lined to short to end the threat.
Schutzler walked to lead off the UA third and Arredondo followed with her fifth home run of the year and her eighth hit in her last nine plate appearances, with a base on balls mixed in the span. She hit for the cycle in her last four at-bats to that point spanning two games, with a double against Stanford last week.
Chambers drew a walk, Del Ponte hit into a fielder's choice and Koria blasted her 12th homer of the season well over the batter's eye in deep center to make it 14-0.
UA coach Mike Candrea substituted in the fourth, and the pinch-hitters kept going. Becca Tikey singled, Matte Haack reached on an error and Alicia Banks doubled to score Tikey, with Haack also crossing, on the throw from the outfield. Arredondo finally was retired on a fly ball to center. But Chambers socked her second homer of the night and 14th of the year to make it 18-0.
Del Ponte walked, Koria was hit by a pitch and Kirker walked to load the bases with one out. Victoria Kemp drew a walk to drive in a run and give OSU pitchers Hall, Dyer and Marina Demore -- with Hall re-entering to pitch to Arredondo earlier in the inning -- an undistinguished school-record 10 walks. That eclipsed two previous games - nine walks issued against Georgia in 2005 and in 1997 against San Diego State.
Tikey struck out looking for the second out, but Haack singled up the middle to score the final run. But she over-ran the play, and Kirker was out at home during the run-down.
Ashley Ralston-Alvarez finished in the circle for UA. She walked Hall and Roderfeld with two outs and Kutz singled to drive in Hall, but Roderfeld was thrown out by left fielder Lastrapes trying to advance to third.
The 20 runs were the most ever scored against Oregon State in its Division I history, but a fourth time for Arizona in the last two seasons. UA did it three times in 2009 against UTEP, MInnesota and St. Joe's.
The teams meet again tomorrow night at 7 p.m.