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Softball Wins Slugfest, 12-9
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/27/2009
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March 27, 2009

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TUCSON -- In a game that featured 27 total hits, No. 11 Arizona used 15 of them - and four home runs - en route to a 12-9 victory over the Oregon State Beavers in UA's Pac-10 opener on Friday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Jennifer Martinez picked up the win for the Wildcats, upping her record to 6-1 on the season. The senior pitched 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Sarah Akamine started the game, but was lifted after 3.1 innings, having given up six runs on six hits.

The Beaver pitching staff gave up a combined 15 hits, but Kelly Dyer (7-10) was credited with the loss. Dyer, who started the game, gave up six runs on six hits, lasting only 1.1 innings. Freshman Paige Hall tossed the other 4.2 frames, also giving up six runs.

Both teams combined for six home runs on the night.

Oregon State (16-14, 1-1 Pac-10) jumped out to a 2-0 lead using a two-out rally in the top of the first. OSU laced their first hit of the game, a single to left field by Paige Lowe - the sister of four-time All American and two-time National Champion for the Wildcats, Caitlin Lowe. Audrey Roderfeld belted her home with homer, her fifth of the season.

The Wildcats responded in the bottom half. Brittany Lastrapes led off with a double down the left field line. With the hit, Lastrapes cracked Arizona's top ten list for doubles in a season; her 16 doubles already this season put her in a tie for eighth on the list. Then Arizona (29-7, 1-0 Pac-10) put together its own two-out rally. Stacie Chambers was issued a walk, then Sam Banister hit a home run to dead center, bringing in Lastrapes and Chambers. Lini Koria continued the rally with a single, but was left stranded when Laine Roth lined out to third. The Cats led 3-2 after one.

Arizona put five more runs on the board in the second after K'Lee Arredondo hit a home run in her first game back after a hamstring injury kept her out of the last eleven games, also to dead center, scoring Lastrapes and Lauren Schutzler, who had reached on back-to-back singles. This chased Oregon State pitcher Kelly Dyer in favor of Paige Hall. Two batters later, Chambers went yard again, scoring Jenae Leles, and brought her nation-leading numbers in home runs and RBI to 21 and 70, respectively,

After not getting a hit in the second or third, Oregon State's bats had a reawakening in the fourth. The Beavers got a single from Roderfeld to start things off, then Stefanie Ewing reached on an error by Kristen Arriola. DeAnn Young recorded an RBI with a double up the middle. Following the second run of the inning by Oregon State, pitcher Akamine was replaced by Martinez. With only one out in the inning, Martinez gave up a two run double to Dani Chisholm. Martinez retired the next two batters, but not before Oregon State cut Arizona's lead to 8-6.

Arizona picked up another run in the fourth when Chambers got her second home run in as many at bats, this one a solo shot that was just to the right of the left field foul pole.

Martinez got out of a jam in the fifth when, with one out and the bases loaded, she struck out the next two Oregon State batters.

In Arizona's turn in the fifth, two Wildcats crossed home plate, both with two outs. Schutzler began the rally with a double, and was batted home by Lastrapes. Then Arredondo singled to right, scoring Lastrapes and bringing the Cats lead to 11-6.

OSU's Audrey Roderfeld got her second two-run home-run of the night in the sixth, on a full count with two outs no less, scoring Paige Lowe who reached after being hit by a pitch. The Beavers got another run when DeAnn Young hit a triple to left-center, scoring Stefanie Ewing. With Young on third, Martinez struck out Nikki Chandler to end the inning.

After leading off the bottom of the sixth with a single, Banister was replaced by pinch runner Karissa Buchanan. The freshman showed her wheels when fellow freshman Koria singled, scoring Buchanan from first and expanding Arizona's lead to the final margin of 12-9.

Martinez retired the side in the top of the seventh, giving Arizona the 12-9 win in the 150 minute game.

Up Next: Arizona will be in action again tomorrow, when they face the Oregon at 7 p.m. PDT at Hillenbrand Stadium. The Cats will face the Ducks again Sunday at 11 a.m.

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