Arizona blanked College of Charleston, 5-0, to earn the sweep of the Cougars and improve to 16-4 on the season
March 4, 2012
Kenzie Fowler tossed a one-hitter and fifteenth-ranked Arizona shutout College of Charleston, 5-0, to earn a three-game sweep of the Cougars.
Fowler tossed a one-hitter, and recorded her fifth-consecutive complete-game shutout. The junior has not allowed a run in her last 35 innings pitched. Fowler struck out eight and walked three while improving to 7-0 on the season.
In her aforementioned 35 scoreless innings, Fowler has allowed just 14 hits and struck out 45 opposing batters.
The shutout was Arizona's third of the weekend vs. College of Charleston and fifth consecutive on the season. Sunday's game was the first of the series that went the full seven innings. On the weekend, UA outhit CofC 30-3 and outscored the Cougars 22-0.
Arizona's seven hits came off the bats of seven different Wildcats. Likewise, four of Arizona's five runs were batted in with the four RBI spread among four players; Hallie Wilson, Alex Lavine, Jessica Spigner and Shelby Pendley batted in one run apiece. Pendley's RBI was a homer, her team-leading eighth of the season.
Arizona stole six bases in the game, doubling its previous season-high of three against Southern Utah on Feb. 19. Karissa Buchanan swiped half of them, improving her team-leading total to 11.
Kristy Giragosian had College of Charleston's lone hit on the day and all three Cougar hits on the weekend.
Stephanie Saylors took the loss for CofC, dropping her to 5-3 on the season. Saylors pitched the first inning and allowed three runs. She was relieved by Jen Rosene who pitched the final six innings and allowed just two runs, one earned, on four hits the rest of the way. College of Charleston fell to 9-7 on the season.
Chelsea Suitos singled and advanced to third with one out in the first inning. Brigette Del Ponte walked to put runners on the corners and UA executed a double steal with Suitos crossing home and scoring the first run of the game. Del Ponte would score on a single from Spigner. Pinch-running at first, Sam Davis was caught stealing second to clear the bases. Pendley then launched a homer to right center to give Arizona a 3-0 lead.
Buchanan drew a two-out walk in the second and stole second. Wilson hit her home with a single to left.
Arizona's bats went quiet until the sixth when UA nabbed three hits in the frame. The latter of which, an infield single from Lavine, scored Arizona's fifth run of the game. Lavine recorded her first hit and first RBI of the season on the play.
The Wildcats will head to Waco, Texas next week to take on No. 10 Baylor for a three-game set. The Cats and the Bears will hook up March 9 (6:30 p.m. CT), March 10 (1:00 p.m. CT) and March 11 (noon CT).