Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Recap: Wildcat Invite 3-7-08
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 07, 2008
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6:40 p.m. Game

Arizona 15, Creighton 1 (Box Score)?

TUCSON--The Arizona Wildcats pounded out 14 hits and a three of them went over the fence in a 15-1 victory over Creighton to give UA a 33-3 scoring margin in back-to-back games. The UA hit nine home runs in the two contests.

Freshman pitcher Lindsey Sisk held the Bluejays to one hit, a triple off the top of the fence in right field by Michelle Graner in Creighton's last chance.Graner scored on a passed ball to give CU its lone run.

Callista Balko's third home run of the day highlighted a seven-run UA first inning and the seventh-ranked Wildcats took it from there in Day 2 action of the Wildcat Invitational softball tournament Friday night.

UA batted around for the second time in as many innings in the first -- including the 10-run seventh in the earlier game against La Salle.

Brittany Lastrapes' two-run double and a three-run home run in the bottom of the third also were part of UA batting around in a six-run outburst to reach and pass the eight-run mercy-rule margin.

In the fourth, Sam Banister had the punch, socking a two-run home run straightaway into the batter's eye in centerfield.

Arizona improved to 14-4 and Sisk at 6-1. The Bluejays dropped to 12-9, with pitcher Amanda Hess (2-3) taking the loss.

4 p.m. Game:

Arizona 18, La Salle 2 (Box Score)?

TUCSON--Third baseman Jenae Leles socked a pair of two-run home runs to push

No. 7-ranked Arizona to a quick start en route to a 18-2 victory over La Salle in Friday late afternoon action at the Wildcat Invitational softball tournament. It was just a start.

Callista Balko added two home runs in one inning -- the UA's 10-run seventh.

Invoking as excited a reaction by the Hillenbrand Stadium crowd was senior slap-hitter Adrienne Acton's first career home run, a shot to deep right center with one aboard in the UA fourth. To that point she'd had 411 at-bats without one.

Balko continued the home run barrage with a two-run blast in the top of the seventh.

The Cats added eight more runs in the frame to make it a runaway, including a pinch-hit three-run homer by Corinna Gonzales and another two-run shot by Balko. It was the 31st of the year for Arizona (13-4). The Cats sent 13 batters to the plate. Gonzales' hit was her first in a Wildcat uniform.

Meantime, sophomore Sarah Akamine won in the circle in her first pitching start of the year. She went four and two-thirds innings, allowing eight hits and two runs, She struck out three.

Lastrapes singled to lead off the game, K'Lee Arredondo doubled her in and Leles clubbed a two-run home run to make it 3-0 minutes into the game.

In the second inning, Lauren Schutzler led off with a single, stole second and moved up on a ground ball. Lastrapes singled her in and an out later Leles smacked her second homer, to right field, to make it 6-0.

La Salle (3-5) came back with a run in the second. Angelina Bisbiglia singled to lead off, and with two outs, scored all the way from first on single to the gap in right-center by DJ Guinn.

Akamine left in the fifth after giving up a trio of hits and a run, driven in by Michelle Sullivan. Akamine gave way to Taryne Mowatt, who finished up allowing one### hit the rest of the way.

The six home runs were one shy of the school record for a single game and matched the six last week against Illinois-Chicago.??

2 p.m. Game

La Salle 4, Creighton 2 (Box Score)?

TUCSON--Sophomore pitcher Gina Massaro toughened when it counted and paced La Salle to a 4-2 victory over the Bluejays in Arizona's Wildcat Invitational softball tournament Friday afternoon.

Creighton had eight hits off Massaro, including three in the bottom of the seventh, but after only one run scored, she got a groundout to end the game, stranding two of the 10 CU baserunners in the game.

The Explorers scored a pair of runs in the first. Ali Shepherd drew a walk and moved to third on MaryPat Conville's double to left center. With two outs, Michelle Sullivan singled down the left field line to plate them both.

Creighton's T.J. Eadus led off with a double in the third, and put the Bluejays on the board when Laura Kratochvil singled to center.

La Salle extended its lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth with three singles including the RBI by Gina Massaro.

Creighton picked up its second run on an RBI single off Massaro's glove by Michelle Graner.