March 28, 2009
TUCSON -- The No. 11 Arizona Wildcats used two big innings and four Oregon errors to run-rule the Ducks, 11-3 in five innings, in front of 2,430 fans in Hillenbrand Stadium on Saturday night.
The Cats (30-7, 2-0 Pac-10) took advantage of three two-out errors by Oregon in the bottom of the second to break a 0-0 tie. After Brittany Rumfelt (1-5) retired the first two Wildcat batters, Arizona rallied. With runners on first and second, a hard hit grounder off the bat of Lauren Schutzler went under the glove of UO second baseman Kelsey Chambers, scoring Laine Roth from second and putting runners on the corners for the Cats. The second error came when Oregon catcher Kaitlin Vitek threw the ball into centerfield while attempting to catch Schutzler stealing, allowing Victoria Kemp to score from third. But Arizona wasn't done there. A Jenae Leles three-run home run capped Arizona's six-run outburst - all unearned - in an inning that saw three Oregon pitchers take the rubber.
Leles made her power felt once again in the fourth when she connected with an 0-1 pitch and drove it over the right field fence, giving her a home run in back-to-back at bats and bringing her home run total to 15, good for second in the nation; she trails national leader Stacie Chambers, who has hit 22. The solo shot gave Arizona a 7-0 lead. Lini Koria hit a rope to left, scoring pinch-runner Karissa Buchanan later in the inning. Arizona's nation-leading home run total was expanded to 85 when Victoria Kemp blasted one to centerfield, over the batters eye for a three-run shot, capping UA's scoring.
Oregon (10-19, 0-3 Pac-10) staged a minor comeback in the fifth in the form of a two-run home run by Blair Williamson, her first career homer. Not taking any chances, the Cats went to their bullpen, relieving pitcher Lindsey Sisk (11-2) for Jennifer Martinez. Oregon, facing the eight-run rule, trailed by nine runs with two outs. UO nabbed one of the two needed runs to elongate the game when Monique Fuiava tallied an RBI single, but their comeback attempt fell short when Martinez froze Ashley Kivett on a change up for strike three to end the game.
Oregon used three pitchers on the evening: Rumfelt, who started the game, Melissa Rice, who threw only nine pitches - eight of which were balls - and Mikayla Endicott. After reentering the game late, Rumfelt was credited with the finish, giving up 6 unearned runs on five hits in 2.1 innings pitched. Endicott struck out two, but allowed five runs on five hits in 1.2 innings.
Sisk took down five Ducks on strikes in 4 innings. She also allowed two earned runs on three hits while issuing a walk. Martinez allowed two hits and a run, but tallied a strikeout.
Up Next: Arizona takes on Oregon tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the weekend finale. UA will travel north to play Washington on Friday, April 3.