Fowler strikes out 18 as Arizona walks off with a winby Anthony Gimino on Feb. 13, 2010, under Sports
Arizona freshman Kenzie Fowler struck out 18 in her second career start as the Wildcats rallied in the bottom of the seventh to beat Northwestern at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe.
Brittany Lastrapes‘ two-out, two-run single gave Arizona a 4-3 victory and made a winner of Fowler, who allowed only three hits but walked seven.
The Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh on a walk, a hit batter and a walk. After Fowler struck out, Arizona made it 3-2 as pinch-runner Nicole Bryan scored on a passed ball. Kristen Arriola made the second out on a fielder’s choice, bringing up Lastrapes, who delivered the game-winner, which was only the second hit of the day for Arizona off senior Lauren Delaney.
This was a great early test for Arizona, which is ranked sixth in the USA Today/NFCA poll. Northwestern is 15th.
The Wildcats (4-0) won their second and final game of the day with a 6-0 victory over North Dakota State. Freshman Brigette Del Ponte, making her first start at third base, hit a bases-loaded double and had four RBIs. Sarah Akamine went the distance, allowing four hits, striking out six and walking one.