Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Blast Past Utah, 16-1
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 20, 2009
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Feb. 20, 2009

Photo Gallery  Game 3 - Arizona 16, Utah 1 (5 innings)

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TUCSON -- Arizona banged out 14 hits with four of them over the fence to provide a big impetus in the Cats' run-rule victory over Utah, 16-1, Friday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Stacie Chambers' first-inning three-run home run staked Arizona to an early lead in both teams' second game of the Wildcat Invitational softball tournament Friday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Laine Roth hit her second blast of the day to lead off the second inning, and later in the inning lefty slapper Lauren Schutzler eschewed the short game and drove one to the opposite field with two aboard to make it 7-0.

No. 11 Arizona improved to 9-2 on the year, dropping Utah to 7-5 with the Utes' second loss in Tucson. Lindsey Sisk (4-2) earned the victory, while Utah's Ashley Smuda (6-1) lost her first game of the year. Sisk scattered three hits and allowed on unearned run. She gave way to Jennifer Martinez in the fifth, and the senior set down the side.

The Cats added some runs without the long ball in the third. Schutzler had an RBI single and Jenae Leles knocked a two-run double for the ninth and 10th runs. But then Sam Banister socked the Cats' fourth of the game for two more runs.

Senior Jill Malina got a pinch-hit two-run single in the fourth to keep UA scoring in every inning and push the score o 14-0. It was her second career hit, and second and third career RBI for the normal pinch-runner and platoon outfielder.

Malina later made a catch on the warning track to save a couple of runs on a high drive by Hayley Hoch in the bottom of the fourth. The Utes got their run in the inning on two singles and an error by UA third baseman Alicia Banks.

Arizona scored its final runs in the fifth after loading the bases, and Roth hit into a double play. Then Victoria Kemp knocked in another with an infield single.

Arizona will play Utah again at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by a second contest against North Dakota State at 6:30 p.m. in the three-team mini-tourney.

The two-game playing date drew an opening day gate of 2,183 fans, one of the best crowds ever for a UA home opener.

Game 2 - Arizona 10, NDSU 0 (5 inn.)

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TUCSON--Arizona's 12-hit outburst and a big fourth inning pushed the No. 11-ranked Wildcats to a 10-0 run-rule victory over North Dakota State in the club's Wildcat Invitational tournament Friday at Hillenbrand Stadium.

UA scored out of the gate in its home opener, putting up a run in the first with an RBI single by Stacie Chambers, added a run-scoring triple by Brittany Lastrapes to fuel a three-run third, and then put up a six-spot in the fourth keyed by a three-run homer from Laine Roth.

Junior pitcher Sarah Akamine two-hit the Bisons, giving up singles to Laurel Pipkin and Elisa Victa in the fourth inning of the five-frame game. Akamine improved to 5-0.

Arizona improved to 8-2 on the season and pinned a first loss on the Bisons, who earlier beat Utah, 4-2. Arizona and Utah meet in the tourney's final game Friday night.

UA third baseman Jenae Leles left the game in the fourth inning after getting hit in the head during the in-between-innings warmup on a throw to second by catcher Chambers. She was replaced for the final two innings by freshman Alicia Banks.

Lauren Schutzler scored three runs and drove in three for UA, while Lastrapes added a double and a pair of runs.

Game 1 - North Dakota State 4, Utah 2

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TUCSON--North Dakota State stayed unbeaten with a first-inning rally that brought three unearned runs across to beat Utah 4-2 Friday afternoon in opening action of the Wildcat Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona.

Andi Padilla (5-0) scattered six hits in the complete-game victory for the Bison (6-0), who were to play Arizona immediately following.

Utah (7-4) saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.

Utah took a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out double by Sharee Fonoti that dropped into left after Kara Foster walked, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. But the Bisons answered.

North Dakota State loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with two outs, after successive walks issued by Utah pitcher Brittainy Parker, and then tied the game on a soft roller mishandled by Parker. Break Konz followed with an RBI single past third. Taylor Lynn drew another walk to force in Richel Briones for a third unearned run. Nicole Rivera struck out to strand three runners.

NDSU added another run in the third with a walk by Kelly Cantrell that chased Parker, a single by Briones, a sac bunt by Jackie Currie and an infield bunt single by Lynn to drive in Cantrell.

The Utes added a run with a one-out solo home run by Foster in the seventh, her fifth of the year.

Parker (0-1) took the loss in her second start of the year.