May 3, 2009
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- No. 3 Stanford's Missy Penna held Arizona's nation-leading offense to one hit in her final appearance on home turf, and the Cardinal's two early runs held up as they defeated the No. 7 Wildcats 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
The Miami, Fla. native Penna (31-4) gave up only one hit - a home run to Jenae Leles. It was the second time this season that a Leles home run was the only hit of the game for the Cats. The senior struck out 13 in the complete game effort, issuing two walks.
Her counterpart, Lindsey Sisk (12-4), tossed 1.1 innings before giving way to Jennifer Martinez. The sophomore Sisk had given up two runs on three hits and two walks. Martinez scattered five hits in 4.2 innings, issuing a walk and striking out four.
Sisk tossed a 1-2 pitch off the helmet of Alissa Haber to put the leadoff batter on base. After being attended to by the Stanford training staff, Haber took first, then stole second two pitches later. Sisk retired the next two Cardinal batters, but issued a walk to Maddy Coon then gave up an RBI single to Melisa Koutz to give Stanford a 1-0 lead after one.
Maya Burns singled and Jenna Becerra walked to lead off the Stanford second. Sarah Hassman lined a 1-2 pitch destined for the outfield, but Jenae Leles snagged it on a dive for the first out. Haber smoked a hard grounder into centerfield to score Burns, putting runners on the corners and chasing UA starter Sisk. Martinez thwarted the rally, getting a strikeout and a popup to end the inning with the Cardinal up 2-0.
Arizona (39-13, 11-6 Pac-10) started a rally of their own in the fourth. Jenae Leles led of with her 22nd blast of the year, a shot to left field on a 3-1 pitch that cut the deficit to one. The homer was the 119th of the season for Arizona, just seven shy of tying the NCAA record for home runs in a single season. Stacie Chambers was hit by a pitch, Sam Banister reached on an error and Victoria Kemp was also plunked after Lini Koria popped out to load the bases for Lauren Schutzler. But the sophomore centerfielder struck out, as did pinch hitter Kristen Arriola, to end the threat with the Cats down 2-1.
Martinez ran into a bit of trouble in the Stanford (44-6, 13-5 Pac-10) half, allowing a walk and a base hit, but got three consecutive popups to end the inning.
Banister reached on another error to lead off the Arizona sixth, but Penna struck out the next three UA batters swinging leaving the senior Banister stranded.
Penna sat down the Cats in order in the seventh, getting two more strikeouts.
Up Next: Arizona travels to the Oregon schools to close out the regular season.