Cats Force Elimination Game with Tennessee

June 6, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Kenzie Fowler pitched four innings of no-hit ball and Arizona scattered nine hits as they forced an elimination game against Tennessee with an 8-0 victory in five innings over the Lady Volunteers Sunday afternoon.

The two teams will now play a win-or-go-home match at 6:05 p.m. CT (4:05 p.m. Tucson time). The winner will advance to play UCLA in the WCWS championship series.

Fowler (37-7) struck out three and walked three in her four frames of work. Sarah Akamine came in to pitch the fifth, giving up two hits.

Freshman pitcher Ivy Renfroe (31-5) didn't fare as well as she did Thursday, allowing three runs and four hits in her 2.2 innings of work.

In a repeat of Arizona's first at-bat Thursday, Brittany Lastrapes doubled off the glove of Jessica Spigner to lead off. But, also like the last matchup against Tennessee, she was stranded as K'Lee Arredondo's groundout was sandwiched between strikeouts by Lauren Schutzler and Stacie Chambers.

UT (49-14) loaded the bases with three walks in the second. But with one out, Nicole Kajitani popped up to Baillie Kirker near the plate. Kirker dropped the ball, but an infield fly was called and Lauren Gibson was caught unaware advancing to third base for the third out.

Karissa Buchanan and Lastrapes both singled in the third, then the Wildcats staged another two-out rally. Chambers walked after a strikeout and a fielder's choice, then Brigette Del Ponte walked was plunked with the bases loaded to draw first blood. Lini Koria then smashed a single into left field to score Arredondo, and Kristen Arriola drew another walk with the bases juiced to open up a 3-0 lead.

That chased starter Renfroe, and allowed sophomore reliever Cat Hosfield to step in and strike out Kirker to end the inning.

UA (51-12) broke the game open in the fifth. Five runs came across as Arizona batted around and had four hits and three walks - including an intentional walk to Arredondo. Buchanan doubled to plate Koria and Arriola for her fifth and sixth RBI of the year, then Lastrapes doubled home pinch hitter Matte Haack and Buchanan. Chambers, who had led the inning off with a single, hit a hard grounder to shortstop Ashley Andrews, but she couldn't get the force at second in time and Lastrapes crossed home to cap the scoring.

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