April 13, 2012
BERKELY, Calif. -Kenzie Fowler and California's Jolene Henderson engaged in a pitcher's duel, allowing a combined eight hits in the contest. Arizona (28-11, 7-6 Pac-12) registered six of them, but top-ranked California (38-1, 10-0 Pac-12) came out on top, 2-0.
Half of the games runs came in the sixth inning. In the top of the sixth, UA recorded back-to-back-to-back singles, but a runner thrown out at the plate and two groundouts kept Arizona from scoring. In the bottom half, a leadoff walk followed by a single put two on with no one out. Two battery errors, a passed ball and a wild pitch plated Cal's only two runs.
Fowler (12-4) allowed only two hits, both infield singles, to one of the nation's most prolific offenses. The junior struck out six and walked five in the complete game. She was charged with only one earned run in the outing.
Her opposition, Henderson (21-1) tossed seven shutout innings, keeping the Cats off the board despite allowing five hits in the final three frames. Through four innings, Henderson allowed only one base-runner, a Chelsea Goodacre single, and struck out nine of the 13 batters she faced. She finished with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
The game took just 96 minutes to complete, making it the shortest seven-inning contest of the season for UA.
Arizona managed six singles off Henderson, five off the bat of freshmen. Classmates Hallie Wilson, Chelsea Suitos and Goodacre had one hit apiece and Shelby Pendley had two. Senior Karissa Buchanan was the only non-freshman to record a hit in the tilt.
Cal had two runners on in the first and third innings but could not score.
After Henderson had struck out five of the first batters she faced, Goodacre recorded the first Arizona hit of the game. She would be stranded there, however.
Arizona's only frame with runners in scoring position would be the sixth. Buchanan singled to short followed by a Wilson single through the left side. Chelsea Suitos slapped a ball down the left field line and Buchanan was thrown out at the plate trying to score the game's first run. Brigette Del Ponte would groundout to the pitcher to end the threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, Fowler issued a leadoff walk to Valerie Arioto. Jace Williams followed with a slap single on which Arioto advanced to third on a Fowler throwing error. Arioto would then score the game's first game on a passed ball that moved pinch-runner Elia Reid to third. Reid would then score on a wild pitch that gave Cal a 2-0 lead.
In the seventh, the Wildcats used a one-out single by Pendley to bring the tying run to the plate. Henderson, though, would induce a pair of groundouts to earn the win.
Arizona and California will play Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday at 12:00 p.m. PDT to close out the series.