May 9, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A two-homer, five-RBI performance from K'Lee Arredondo spoiled Oregon State's senior day, as the No. 6 Wildcats blasted the Beavers, 12-2, in their final game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon.
The Tempe, Ariz. native smoked a home run in the first and sixth innings, and went 4-for-4 on the day.
With four jacks on the day, the Cats tied the NCAA record for home runs in a single season with 126. They now stand side-by-side with the 2001 Wildcat team, with a tournament berth remaining.
Meanwhile, Sarah Akamine (19-6) pitched four innings, giving up an earned run on five hits, while striking out one. Jennifer Martinez picked up a save, tossing three innings and giving up one hit and a walk. The senior struck out four OSU batters.
For the second day in a row, Oregon State used all three of its pitchers. Paige Hall (14-12) was lifted after not recording an out and giving up a two hits, but reentered late. Kelly Dyer tossed six innings, giving up eight earned runs on 12 hits. Karmen Holladay was credited with 0.1 innings pitched, giving up two runs on three hits. Each hurler issued a walk.
Arredondo followed up Brittany Lastrapes' leadoff single with her 11th home run of the season, giving the Cats two early runs. After Jenae Leles walked, Hall became the second OSU pitcher chased from the circle in as many days without recording an out. Dyer retired three straight to end the half.
Ashley Sanchez reached first when she grounded an 0-1 pitch through the wickets of Kristen Arriola at second base. After McKenna Lowe grounded out, her sister, Paige, knocked in Sanchez with a single to left, cutting the deficit to 2-1 in favor of UA.
Arredondo nabbed her second hit of the day to lead off the Arizona third. Leles doubled off the wall, moving Arredondo to third, then Stacie Chambers hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring the junior Arredondo. Lini Koria singled with two outs to score Leles and give UA the 4-1 lead.
OSU (25-30, 4-17 Pac-10) cut the deficit in half once again in the bottom half when Audrey Roderfeld doubled home Paige Lowe, bringing the score to 4-2 Arizona.
Sam Banister was inches away from hitting the second home run of the game for Arizona (41-14, 13-7 Pac-10), putting a ball off the top of the wall in right center for a double in UA's half of the fifth. But Koria crushed the 2-0 offering from Dyer - over the grassy hill beyond the centerfield fence - for a two-run jack, giving the Cats a four-run lead.
Arredondo hit her second blast of the game - a towering two-run shot to centerfield - to put UA up 8-2. It was the junior's 12th home run of the season.
Koria smoked a single into center to lead off the UA seventh, then Victoria Kemp blasted a yard ball to left field for her seventh of the campaign, tying the NCAA record for the Cats. Lauren Schutzler doubled after a pitching change, then senior Laine Roth saw an at-bat in her final regular season game. She walked, then later scored as Arredondo and Leles both tallied an RBI in consecutive at-bats. Senior Mandy Monge also saw time at the plate in the seventh, but flew out to right.
Up Next: The Cats will await their Regional opponent and site. The 16 host sites and participating teams will be announced on Sunday night at 7 p.m. Tucson time on ESPNU.