Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Softball Earns Saturday Split in Fullerton
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 14, 2009
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March 14, 2009

Game 2 - Arizona 10, Notre Dame 1 (5 inn.)

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FULLERTON, Calif. -- Four home runs paved the way for No. 12 Arizona's 10-1 five-inning victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, earning them a split in their second day at the Judi Garman Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Stacie Chambers went 2-2 at the dish, slamming two homers and drawing two walks. Victoria Kemp and Sam Banister accounted for the other UA blasts.

Jennifer Martinez (3-0) went the full five innings for the win, allowing one earned run, a walk, and striking out two. The Irish scattered five hits off of the senior.

Jody Valdivia (2-5) was given the hook after 2.1 innings, allowing five earned runs on five hits. Brittney Bargar gave up the other five - all unearned.

Brittany Lastrapes led off the game with a single up the middle. After Kristen Arriola walked and Jenae Leles struck out, Chambers took the third pitch she saw over the right centerfield fence to open up a 3-0 margin.

In the Notre Dame (8-9) half, Heather Johnson laced a two-out double off the centerfield wall to score leadoff hitter Sadie Pitzenberger, who got on with a base hit. The RBI knock put the Irish on the board, 3-1.

Kemp led off the second with her second jack of the year, after changing bats midway through her turn at the dish. The towering blast to right centerfield gave Arizona the three-run cushion it had established the inning earlier, 4-1.

Chambers blasted another one to lead off the UA (26-6) third. It was her 19th homer and 66th RBI of the year. After Valdivia issued a walk to Lini Koria, she was given the hook in favor of Bargar, who induced a flyout and groundout to end the half with Arizona up 5-1.

Her next time up, Chambers was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs after a base hit and an error. After a wild pitch scored Arriola, Banister made the Irish pay for the IBB with her sixth home run of the season to left center - a three-run shot that widened the margin to 9-1. Laine Roth added an RBI single to cap the scoring.

Arizona loaded them up again with two outs in the fifth when Chambers walked for the second time, but Banister grounded out to end the threat.

Up Next: Arizona takes on Michigan in their final game of the tournament on Sunday at 1 p.m.


Game 1 - Penn State 9, Arizona 6

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FULLERTON, Calif. -- Penn State's two four-run innings were too much for No. 12 Arizona to overcome, as they fell 9-6 in their third game at the Judi Garman Classic on Saturday morning.

The Nittany Lions picked up four runs in both the third and sixth innings, squandering any chance of an Arizona rally.

Though Kimi Wong tossed 1.2 innings, Lisa Akamine (4-5) picked up the win for the Lions, giving up five earned runs on four hits and striking out four with three walks.

Akamine's older sister, Sarah (13-4), was credited with the loss as all three Arizona pitchers saw action, scattering 13 total hits. The junior gave up three earned runs on three hits and issued her first walk of the weekend.

The elder Akamine lasted all of 0.1 innings before being lifted after giving up a hit to Lisa.

UA's first-inning one-run lead that came on a wild pitch was short lived, as clean-up hitter Sam Hovanec touched up Akamine for a three-run homer in the bottom half.

Brittany Lastrapes nabbed a leadoff triple for the Cats (25-6), and was brought home on a wild pitch strikeout to open the scoring in the top half.

Martinez relieved Sarah Akamine and gave up a hit, and an unearned run that came on a passed ball after a strikeout. PSU ended the first inning up 4-1.

As one Akamine left the circle, another entered in the top of the second. After giving up a base hit and a walk with two outs to the bottom of the Arizona order, Wong was lifted in favor of Lisa Akamine, who induced a flyout to Lastrapes to end the UA threat.

The Cats got one back in the third. Kristen Arriola was hit to lead off, then moved to third on a walk and fielder's choice. With two outs and runners on the corners, Lini Koria placed a liner into shallow left, plating the freshman Arriola. Victoria Kemp was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Laine Roth grounded out to end the inning.

Arizona put up a two-spot in the fifth inning. Sam Banister walked, then Stacie Chambers smoked her 16th drive of the year to dead center field, bringing the Cats within one. A strikeout and two popups ended the inning with UA down, 5-4.

Penn State (9-10) added four runs of insurance in the sixth, all with two outs and with Lindsey Sisk in the circle. Lisa Akamine picked up an RBI single, then Desi Giordano slammed a pitch over the left center wall to account for the other three, giving the Lions a 9-4 lead.

Chambers hit her 17th with one on and one out in the UA seventh. It was also her 62nd RBI of the season - which leads the nation - bringing the margin to three at 9-6.