Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Ducks Slam Their Way Past Cats
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 27, 2012
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April 27, 2012


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In front of the 2,579 fans at Hillenbrand Stadium, Oregon (34-12, 10-7 Pac-12) put two grand slams into the packed Candrea's Corner in the first three innings, helping the 16th-ranked Ducks to an 11-7 win over No. 13 Arizona (31-13, 8-8 Pac-12).

Kailee Cuico and Christie Nieto homered with the bases loaded and no one out in the first and the third innings, respectively.

The Wildcats scored seven runs and 11 hits in the game, tied for second most base-knocks of the season. However Arizona pitchers allowed 11 runs (tied season most) on 13 hits (season most).

Lini Koria hit two home runs, both two-run homers, in the contest. Koria's two homers, one in the first and one in the seventh, gave Koria 13 for the season, second on the team.

Chelsea Goodacre added a home run of her own in the contest. The freshman powered a solo homer over the scoreboard in right field in the fourth; the shot was her sixth of the season.

Kenzie Fowler (13-6) pitched four innings and gave up eight runs, seven earned, on six hits while striking out four and walking three. The outing was Fowler's worst since allowing nine runs on six hits in a complete game loss to New Mexico State on March 21. Jessica Spigner entered to pitch the final three innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and allowed a walk in relief.

Arizona's offense got to Oregon's Jessica Moore (23-8), whose 1.99 ERA ranked fourth in the Pac-12 entering the game, for seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits. Moore struck out three and walked three.

Oregon got off to an incredibly hot start when its first two batters singled and Fowler hit the no. 3 batter to load the bases with no one out. Cuico slammed the bases clear to give Oregon a 4-0 lead before the Cats had recorded an out. Fowler would allow a double to Samantha Pappas in the frame, who would later be caught trying to steal third.

UA got three runs back in the bottom the first. Hallie Wilson led off the frame with a walk and Chelsea Suitos changed places with her on a fielder's choice. Brigette Del Ponte doubled home Suitos and then was scored on Lini Koria's 12th home run of the season.

An error and two consecutive four-pitch walks put the first three Ducks on in the third. For the second time in three innings, Oregon hit a grand slam with no one out, this time off the bat of Nieto.

The Cats put the brought the tying run into the on-deck circle when they loaded the bases with two out on two singles and a walk in the third, but Moore induced a popout to end the threat.

Goodacre led off Arizona's turn in the fourth with a towering home run over the scoreboard to cut Oregon's lead to four runs.

The Ducks would load the bases with only one out in the fifth. A leadoff walk and a Cuico double chased Fowler in favor of Spigner. The senior, making her fifth appearance in the circle of the season, walked one to load the bases with no one out, but got out of it with a pair of fielder's choices.

Arizona's brought the tying run to the plate with no one out in the sixth inning after an Oregon error and two singles.