March 21, 2010
FULLERTON, Calif. -- A two-run home run in the first inning by Nicole Koren was the only hit of the game for Virginia, but it held up in a 2-1 Cavalier win over No. 2 Arizona on Sunday.
With one out, Koren took the 1-2 offering to right field after Giannina Cipolloni had led off the game with a walk.
Kenzie Fowler (16-2) took the loss, though she struck out six and walked three. After the homer, she retired 20 of the next 22 batters.
Arizona, without the services of normal starters Karissa Buchanan, Baillie Kirker and Lini Koria, couldn't muster a timely hit and left 10 runners on base in the loss. The Cats dropped to 25-3 on the season.
Virginia's Melanie Mitchell (10-9) scattered seven hits, walked three and struck out six in the win.
Lauren Schutzler led off the Arizona seventh with a single, but K'Lee Arredondo grounded into a fielder's choice, Stacie Chambers popped out and Brigette Del Ponte ripped a comebacker into Mitchell's glove to close the game.
Virginia improved to 14-12 on the season.
For the third straight season, Arizona finished the Judi Garman Classic with a 3-2 record.
Arizona heads to New Mexico for a three game set with the Lobos beginning Friday.