March 11, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - In its fourth game against a top-10 opponent over a five-day span, the St. John’s softball team fell to No. 2/2 Arizona, 13-0, on Thursday at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson Ariz.
The Red Storm (6-8) opened the game strong. Chelsea Durning slapped leadoff single down the left field line and Amber Curry followed with a bunt single over the third baseman’s head to give STJ two on with no outs. However, St. John’s could not bring them home as STJ closed the half inning with two outs in foul territory and a flyout to right field.
The No. 2/2 Wildcats (17-1) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first when Brittany Lastrapes hit a solo home run to left center on a 3-2 pitch. St. John’s starter Linzee Sumrall rebounded quickly with groundout to the circle and a pair of strikeouts to close out the first inning.
In the second inning, Matte Haack scored on a mishandled ball by Curry at second base to push Arizona’s lead to 2-0.
Durning walked to lead off the third inning and Cox ripped a one-out single down the left field line to give STJ two runners on base. Arizona starter Kenzie Fowler got out of the inning with no runs surrendered when Stacia Dopudja lined out to third base and Chrissy Montez grounded out to short.
The Wildcats scored six runs in the third frame. K’Lee Arredondo scored on a dropped infield popup. Four batters later, Kristen Arriola drove in a pair of runs on a triple off the wall in right center. Arriola scored UA’s sixth run on a single up the middle by Karissa Buchanan. Lastrapes followed with her second home run of the game, a two-run shot to straightaway center that gave the Wildcats an 8-0 advantage.
UA catcher Stacie Chambers led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to right. With two outs, Lastrapes hit her third home run of the game, a grand slam to left that pushed Arizona’s lead to 13-0.
Durning finished 1-of-2 with a walk. Curry, Cox and Jenna Berger also registered one hit each in the game.
Sumrall (3-5) was tagged with the loss after striking out five and allowing 13 runs (six earned) over four frames. Fowler (12-0) earned the win for the Wildcats after allowing four hits over five innings with five strikeouts.
St. John’s will compete in No. 2/2 Arizona’s Wildcat Invitational March 12-14. The Red Storm opens the tournament on Friday against Creighton at 11 a.m. and Northern Colorado 1 p.m. STJ takes on Minnesota and No. 2/2 Arizona the following day. STJ closes the tournament against Illinois-Chicago on March 14.