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Schultz' Homers Pivotal In Victory Over Stanford
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/22/2004
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Feb. 29, 2004

TUCSON - A home run by Shelly Schultz sparked an Arizona attack, then her second homer of the day broke a tie and gave Arizona a 7-5 victory over Stanford for the championship of the Worth Wildcat Invitational softball tourney Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinal touched up Alicia Hollowell for two hits and a run in the first. Katherine Hoffman singled to left and stole second, then scored on a base hit by Lauren Lappin.

Megan Sickler lifted a lead-off home run to left field in the second to make it 2-0. The Cats threatened in the bottom of the inning, with runners and second and third and one out, but SU pitcher Dana Sorensen struck out Samantha Quintero and got Crystal Farley to pop out and stop the threat.

 
 

Arizona got untracked with a couple of back-to-back long balls off Sorensen in the bottom of the fourth. Second baseman Shelly Schultz hit a long home run over the 20-foot tall batter's eye in center field. Jackie Coburn, who had been knocked down early in her at-bat when she fouled a ball off her helmet, got up and composed herself, then hit a towering fly ball just over the fence in left field.

The Cats had an opportunity to take the lead after the home runs, with Kristie Fox and Candance Abrams getting singles, and Autumn Champion reaching on an error to load the bases, but Sorensen struck out Wendy Allen.

Candace Abrams' two-run double staked UA to a 4-2 lead in the fifth. Mackenzie Vandergeest drew a walk off Sorenzen, and Coburn singled to put two runners aboard.

The lead was short-lived. Jackie Rinehart hit a bunt single, Lappin walked and Jessica Allister knocked a three-run home run to center field to make it 5-4 in the top of the sixth. But that lead lasted briefly, too.

Caitlin Lowe hit a bunt single, moved to second on Champion's groundout, and scored on a double by Allen for the tie. Schultz came up a batter later and slugged a pitch over the left field fence for the game-winning runs.

Arizona improved to 21-0 overall. The Cardinal dropped to 13-5. UA finished with 10 hits, to five by Stanford.

                                 2004 Arizona Softball
                              Stanford at Arizona Wildcats
                      Feb 29, 2004 at Tucson, Ariz. (Hillenbrand)

Stanford 5 (13-5) Arizona Wildcats 7 (21-0)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Jackie Rinehart lf......... 2 1 1 0 Caitlin Lowe cf............ 4 1 1 0 Katherine Hoffman rf....... 3 1 1 0 Autumn Champion lf......... 3 0 0 0 Catalina Morris cf......... 3 0 0 0 Wendy Allen dh/1b.......... 3 1 1 1 Lauren Lappin ss........... 2 1 1 1 Mackenz. Vandergeest c..... 3 1 0 0 Jessica Allister c......... 3 1 1 3 Shelly Schultz 1b/2b....... 3 2 2 3 Meghan Sickler 2b/3b....... 2 1 1 1 Jackie Coburn 3b........... 4 2 2 1 Michelle Thiry dh.......... 2 0 0 0 Kristie Fox ss............. 3 0 2 0 Heather Shook ph.......... 1 0 0 0 Samantha Quintero 2b/dh.... 1 0 0 0 Leah Nelson 1b............. 3 0 0 0 Candace Abrams dh/ph...... 2 0 2 2 Elizabeth Bendig 3b........ 2 0 0 0 Crystal Farley rf.......... 3 0 0 0 Shoney Hixson pr.......... 0 0 0 0 Alicia Hollowell p......... 0 0 0 0 Lindsay Key 2b............ 1 0 0 0 Dana Sorenson p............ 0 0 0 0 Laura Severson p.......... 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 24 5 5 5 Totals..................... 29 7 10 7

Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Stanford............ 110 003 0 - 5 5 2 Arizona Wildcats.... 000 223 X - 7 10 1 -----------------------------------------

E - Lappin 2; Quintero. LOB - STAN 1; ARIZ 8. 2B - Allen; Abrams. HR - Allister; Sickler; Schultz 2; Coburn. SH - Rinehart; Champion. SB - Hoffman; Schultz; Fox. CS - Lappin.

Stanford IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dana Sorenson ............. 4.0 5 3 3 3 4 0 0 0 0 18 22 7 1 Laura Severson L,4-2...... 2.0 5 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 11 11 1 3

Arizona Wildcats IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alicia Hollowell W,14-0... 7.0 5 5 5 2 9 2 0 0 0 24 27 8 2

WP - Hollowell 2.

Strikeouts - Hoffman 2; Morris 2; Sickler; Thiry; Shook; Nelson; Key; Lowe; Allen; Schultz; Coburn; Quintero; Farley. Walks - Lappin; Sickler; Allen; Vandergeest; Schultz.

Umpires - Start: 12:30 pm Time: 2:00 Attendance: 956

Sorenson faced 1 batter in the 5th.

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