March 18, 2010
Game 2 - Michigan 1, Arizona 0 (8 inn.)
FULLERTON, Calif. -- No. 4 Michigan's Stephanie Kirkpatrick laid down a perfect bunt to move Alicia Ryan to third, then Molly Bausher hit an RBI single to give the Wolverines a 1-0 eight-inning win over No. 2 Arizona on Thursday.
Kirkpatrick's bunt had a little English on it, rolling down the first base line, staying fair and advancing pinch-runner Ryan, who started the inning on second due to the international tiebreaker rule.
Bausher then connected on the fourth pitch from Kenzie Fowler (15-1) and sent it into shallow center, easily plating Ryan and giving the Wolverines the walk-off win.
Arizona could only muster one hit off of UM ace Jordan Taylor (12-1), who struck out 12. Brittany Lastrapes singled in the sixth and was only the second UA base runner at the time. K'Lee Arredondo, Karissa Buchanan, Brigette Del Ponte and Matte Haack each drew walks off Taylor.
Fowler scattered seven hits, but never allowed a runner past second until extras and struck out five.
Michigan upped its record to 19-4 with the win, while Arizona fell to 23-2.
UA has tallied only five hits against Michigan dating back to 2008.
Game 1 - Arizona 11, Louisville 3
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Second-ranked Arizona put up a four-run first, then capitalized on three seventh-inning Cardinal miscues to down No. 24 Louisville, 11-3, to start the Judi Garman Classic on Thursday morning.
The win gave Head Coach Mike Candrea his 1,200th career NCAA Division I victory, a mark that only three skippers have officially reached.
Brittany Lastrapes led off the game with her ninth home run of the season then, after Lauren Schutzler and K'Lee Arredondo drew walks, Stacie Chambers went yard for her sixth, giving UA a 4-0 lead with no outs. Brigette Del Ponte singled, but three consecutive strikeouts ended the half.
Louisville (15-9) got two back in their half of the first off a home run by reigning Big East Player of the Year Melissa Roth and an RBI groundout by Alicja Wolny that followed Del Ponte's three-base throwing error.
In the Arizona (23-1) third, Lini Koria homered in her first game since March 7 to give the Cats a 5-2 lead. She also knocked in a run in the sixth on a double, then hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to cap a three-RBI day.
Things came unraveled for UL in the seventh as five Arizona runs crossed the plate. Kristen Arriola singled and Karissa Buchanan walked, then Lastrapes reached on a misapplied tag at first. Schutzler scored two on a single, then Chambers reached on an error after a walk and plated a run - her fourth RBI - in the process. Cardinals pitcher Tori Collins threw a pitch in the dirt that scooted to the backstop, allowing Schutzler to cross home, then Koria's sac fly capped the scoring.
Meanwhile, Sarah Akamine (8-1) scattered five hits in four innings and picked up the win. Kenzie Fowler pitched the other three and was credited with her first career save, giving up three hits and striking out seven.
UL's Roth doubled off Fowler in the seventh, marking the first time that Arizona's ace had given up an extra-base hit other than a home run all season.
Chelsea Leonard (4-2) lasted all of two Wildcat batters before being given the hook in favor of Collins. Kristen Wadwell made a brief appearance, striking out one in the seventh.
Arizona takes on No. 11 Oklahoma at 9 a.m. Friday.