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Softball Pounds UCLA, 9-2
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/04/2009
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April 4, 2009

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LOS ANGELES -- After a shaky start, No. 9 Arizona scored nine unanswered runs and limited the Bruin offense to seven hits in a 9-2 win in front of a sellout at Easton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

UA scored three runs in the second inning on a Lauren Schutzler home run, then scored two in the fifth and exploded for four in the seventh - an inning highlighted by Stacie Chambers' nation-leading 23rd blast. Schutzler ended the game with four RBI.

With the win, Arizona upped their record to 32-8, and 4-1 in Pac-10 play, tied for first in the conference with ASU. UCLA fell to 26-8, and 1-4 in conference play.

Sarah Akamine (14-4) continued her mastery of the Bruin lineup, allowing only four hits in 5.1 innings pitched. The junior picked up the win in relief, striking out three and issuing only one walk. She has also not given up a run to UCLA in her career, pitching 11.1 innings against the Bruins. Lindsey Sisk had given up two runs on three hits in the first inning and was lifted before the top of the second. Jennifer Martinez finished the game, tossing 0.2 innings.

Whitney Baker (8-2) took the loss for UCLA, allowing three earned runs on two hits in three innings pitched. Donna Kerr pitched the majority of the game and gave up six runs on nine hits, but struck out seven.

Megan Langenfeld hit a sacrifice fly in the first to open the scoring and, with two outs, USA Softball Player of the Year Finalist Kaila Schull singled past Sisk to give UCLA a 2-0 lead after one.

The lead was short-lived, though. After Lini Koria was hit by a pitch and Kristen Arriola walked, Schutzler took a full count pitch to deep right centerfield to give UA a 3-2 lead.

Akamine worked her way out of a jam in the second inning. After giving up a leadoff single, she struck out Amy Crawford. Katie Schroeder singled, but Akamine got a force out at third and forced a popup to end the threat.

Sam Banister hit a two-RBI single after a leadoff walk to K'Lee Arredondo and base hits by Jenae Leles and Chambers. The liner down the left field line gave the Cats a 5-2 lead.

The junior hurler Akamine retired eight straight batters before allowing a one-out double to Andrea Harrison in the fifth. After an error put two on with one out, Akamine forced two groundouts to first to end the inning.

Chambers led off the seventh with her 23rd of the season. After two more hits, Baker reentered to pitch for Kerr, who had came in to pitch before the third inning. But Arizona opened the flood gates as Banister walked, Koria singled and Arriola hit her second double of the game, plating Banister. Karissa Buchanan doubled three pitches later, scoring Koria, then Schutzler plated Arriola on an RBI groundout to bring the final margin of 9-2.

Up Next: Arizona takes on UCLA in the weekend finale on Sunday at noon. Catch the game call on KCUB 1290 AM at 11:55 a.m. with David Kelly.

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