Kirker, Cats reach end of the road


University of Arizona softball team swept in women's world series by UCLA.

June 09, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk

GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Baillie Kirker (Crescenta Valley High, 2009) freshman infielder, University of Arizona softball: Over the course of the 2010 Women's College World Series, Arizona Coach Mike Candrea had remained committed to penciling Kirker into the lineup at first base for each of the team's first six games in the tournament.

But the former Falcons great's struggles at the plate only deepened as the Wildcats advanced deeper, finally forcing Candrea's hand into benching Kirker for the most important game of the season.


Kirker, riding an 0 for 12 skid over her last six games, was a spectator for the second game of the Wildcats' best-of-three championship game against UCLA on Tuesday evening, a witness to the Bruins' 15-9 victory that completed the championship sweep.

Arizona (52-14) fell behind, 6-0, in the first two innings and trailed, 7-1, before pulling to within 7-4 with three runs scored in the bottom of the fourth inning. But UCLA (50-11) exploded for seven more runs in the top of the fifth to take a 14-4 lead that threatened to enact the nine-run mercy rule.

Stacie Chambers hit two-run home runs for Arizona in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to keep the game going.

Kirker, whose last hit came on May 29 against BYU in the clinching game of the Tucson Super Regional, batted .172 (25 for 145) on the season with three doubles, seven home runs and 27 runs batted in.

The Wildcats lost their first game of the World Series, 9-0, to Tennessee on Thursday, but heated up to win four straight elimination games between Saturday and Sunday.

Dustin Emmons (Crescenta Valley High, 2008) junior pitcher, UC Riverside baseball: Emmons' final appearance of the season brought him his ninth win.

The right-hander entered the Highlanders' May 26 game against UC San Diego in the top of the fifth inning with the bases loaded and UC Riverside clinging to a 7-6 lead.

He pitched 1 1/3 innings altogether, giving up one run in the top of the fifth, and becoming the pitcher of record when the Highlanders scored three runs to take the lead in the bottom half of the fifth and went on to win, 13-9.

Emmons' final outing of the year as a starter came on May 22 against UC Irvine, when he went six innings and gave up four earned runs on six hits and three walks.

He did not factor in the decision in UC Riverside's 15-12 win in 14 innings.

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