Cats Win, Will Face UCLA in Championship Series

June 6, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Five Wildcats tallied two hits, and K'Lee Arredondo and Stacie Chambers each hit a two-run home run as Arizona eliminated Tennessee in the second game of a doubleheader and advanced to the championship series of the Women's College World Series.

Arizona improved to 52-12 on the season, and will now face UCLA in a best-of-three series beginning Monday at 7 p.m. CT (5 p.m. Tucson time).

Kenzie Fowler (38-7) had another strong outing, scattering six hits and striking out eight. Fellow freshman Ivy Renfroe (31-6) allowed five runs on 12 hits.

Tennessee drew first blood. Raven Chavenne led off the game with a single off Brigette Del Ponte's glove at third base, then stole second. After two quick outs, two walks and a hit by pitch loaded the bases. Lauren Gibson drew a walk to bring home Chavenne and open the scoring, but Fowler got Tuffany Huff down on strikes to end the half.

For the third time, Brittany Lastrapes opened Arizona's at-bats against Tennessee with a double, then moved to third on a Lauren Schutzler infield single. But a groundout and two strikeouts stranded the runners in scoring position.

In the Tennessee (49-15) second, Melissa Brown walked to lead off, then moved to second on an illegal pitch. Ashley Andrews put a ball deep into the gap in left center that Lastrapes caught in spectacular fashion, then Lastrapes doubled up Brown - who had already headed for home - at second. Chavenne doubled and Fowler issued another walk, but Kelly Grieve struck out.

Lini Koria drew a walk on the 16th pitch of her at-bat to lead off the bottom of the second. After two quick outs, Karissa Buchanan singled up the middle, but Lastrapes struck out for only the second time in the WCWS to leave two more on base.

The Lady Vols picked up another run on a double by Huff that plated Gibson to give UT a two-run margin.

In the bottom half, Stacie Chambers countered with Arizona's first home run since May 23: a one-out, two-run shot with Schutzler aboard, to even the score. Schutzler had led off the frame with a single to right. Two singles and a groundout later, pinch hitter Matte Haack went down on strikes. Haack remained in the game, though, as the designated player and Koria moved to first base on the defensive end for the first time in her career.

Arredondo hit a sharp liner into right field in the fifth, then moved over after Chambers laid down a sac bunt. Del Ponte picked up her second single of the game into centerfield, scoring the senior and giving Arizona a 3-2 lead.

Gibson walked to start the sixth for UT and was sacrificed to second. An out later, pinch hitter Shelby Burchell struck out, but Gibson moved to third on a passed ball. Fowler got another pinch hitter, Nicole Kajitani, on strikes to preserve the lead.

Buchanan picked up another infield single to lead off the sixth, as did Lastrapes. Schutzler hit a hard grounder to the shortstop Andrews who fielded it on a hop and turned a double play on Buchanan and Lastrapes. But K'Lee Arredondo took the first pitch she saw over the right field wall for a two-run shot to give UA the 5-2 margin.

Fowler gave up a two-out single, but got Jessica Spigner to strike out to end the game.