PALO ALTO, Calif.--Stacie Chambers' three-run home run in the top of the eighth gave Arizona a 4-1 victory over No. 5 Stanford in both teams' Pac-10 opener Friday night.
Taryne Mowatt (13-6) and Missy Penna paced each other in the circle before a crowd of 798, but the 12-strikeout, four-hit performance by Arizona's senior Mowatt downed the Cardinal and put a halt to its 12-game winning streak.
Tied 1-1 after seven, UA got things going in the extra frame with a base hit by leadoff batter Brittany Lastrapes, and a sacrifice bunt by Lauren Schutzler to move her to second.
Jenae Leles drew only the second base on balls off Stanford pitcher?Penna (21-3). Chambers then jacked one to right center to score Lastrapes and pinch runner Cyndi Duran, her 11th home run of the season.
The Cats managed only six hits off Penna and got their first run in the third with one safety. Adrienne Acton walked, and Lastrapes singled to right field. Schutzler laid down her first sac of the night to move both runners up, and Acton scored moments later on a wild pitch by Penna.
The Cardinal (32-3, 0-1) got its run with the long ball, a leadoff home run by catcher Rosey Neill, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week,?in the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Mowatt, who scattered four hits, struck out Neill, got Michelle Smith to fly out and struck out Shannon Koplitz for the third out.
Arizona improved to 24-8 on the year and 1-0 in league play. The Cats move across the Bay to Berkeley for a two-game series against California Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (noon). Stanford will play host to Arizona State, a 4-2 winner at Cal earlier Friday, in a two-game series the same days.
Notes... Arizona has 60 home runs in its 32 games this year... Mowatt survived a total of five walks issued, second most to a total of nine she issued in 13 innings against UMass earlier this season... The double-digit strikeout game was her 10th of the year... Arizona improved to 3-0 in extra-inning games, with previous victories over Massachusetts and No. 24 Virginia Tech... The Cats also improved to 6-3 against ranked teams this year... The six hits scratched off Penna compares to Arizona's average of nearly 9 per game in its non-conference action...