April 24, 2010
TUCSON -- Kenzie Fowler threw a five-inning perfect game and Arizona thumped Oregon State, 8-0, to take Saturday night Pac-10 softball action at Hillenbrand Stadium.
A crowd of 2,775 watched the freshman strike out four and collect her fourth no-hitter of the season. It was UA's eighth perfect game in its Division I history and first since Taryne Mowatt allowed no base runners in a 9-0 victory over Cal State Northridge on March 18, 2006, also in five innings.
Fowler upped her season record to 26-5.
Arizona moved a game closer to Pac-10 leader Washington (8-3) and into at least a tie for second place with Oregon, which was leading at ASU when the UA game ended.
UA (37-7, 7-4 Pac-10) wasted a scoring chance in the first. Brittany Lastrapes walked and Lauren Schutzler and K'Lee Arredondo had infield singles to load the bases but OSU pitcher Paige Hall (16-18) got out of the jam. She struck out Stacie Chambers looking and Brigette Del Ponte swinging and got an infield grounder from Lini Koria to strand three.
The Cats loaded the bases again in the second but cashed in this time to take a 4-0 lead. A walk by Baillie Kirker and singles from Kristen Arriola and Karissa Buchanan put three aboard. Lastrapes's ground ball brought in Kirker and shortstop Nikki Chandler misplayed Schutzler's grounder for an error, with two runs coming in to make it 3-0. Arredondo singled and Chambers and Del Ponte walked to re-load the bags, and a second error by Chandler allowed a fourth run off a ground ball from Lini Koria.
A Buchanan single and two walks loaded the bases with one out in the third. Arredondo hit into a force play, but reliever Dani Chisholm walked Chambers to force in a fifth run.
In the fourth, the Cats added the run-rule margin. Koria doubled, Arriola walked and after a fielder's choice to force Koria, Lastrapes slugged her 14th home run of the season to make it 8-0.
Oregon State dropped to 22-23 overall and 2-9 in league play. The two teams complete the series at noon Sunday.