Seen and heard at Hillenbrand

2011-05-29T00:00:00Z 2011-05-29T00:10:59Z Seen and heard at Hillenbrand Arizona Daily Star
May 29, 2011 12:00 am

Lastrapes out

Brittany Lastrapes walked into Mike Candrea's office late Friday night with bad news.

When she was struck by a pitch in the seventh inning, Lastrapes sustained a hairline fracture in a small bone in her right hand.

"That," Candrea said, "was not what I wanted to hear."

Playing in what would become her final college game, Lastrapes was bumped to No. 2 in the lineup for the first time in her career.

The plan was for her to bunt, just to put the ball in play, and see what happens.

"I commend her for trying to get after it," Candrea said.

In left field, she muffed a ball that was hit to her on one bounce in the first inning, allowing the batter to take an extra base.

In the third inning, "she said she just couldn't do it any more," Candrea said.

She was replaced by Becca Tikey, with Karissa Buchanan shifting from right to left field.

Candrea said he was "sorry to see" Lastrapes finish her season on a down note.

The big number

77,093

The UA's total home attendance this season, the most in NCAA history

Tryout

Brigette Del Ponte will try out for the U.S. national team later this month. She'll have to beat out a familiar face - former UA third baseman Jenae Leles.

"That's who I'm going up against," the sophomore said. "It's going to be tough, but you never know."

She will try out from June 12-17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, outside of San Diego.

"It'll be a great experience for her," Candrea said.

The two third basemen are the only UA representatives.

A hunch

In place of the struggling Baillie Kirker, Candrea started a hunch at designated player - sophomore Matte Haack, who had only three hits in 23 at-bats all season. Haack struck out twice, bringing her season total to 11, before being pinch hit for by Nicole Bryan in the sixth.

Bryan - who went 8 for 32 in the regular season - also struck out.

Tikey, who entered the game for Lastrapes, struck out and was hit by a pitch. She finished the season with three hits.

"We definitely had some weaknesses in our lineup," Candrea said.

Quotable

"We're going to go to In-N-Out."

Overheard from OU coach Patty Gasso, on how the Sooners were celebrating the win.

Chasing .400

Entering the super regional, the Wildcats were on the verge of making history. Not since 1998 had multiple UA players finished a season hitting over .400.

Brittany Lastrapes and Karissa Buchanan entered the super regional hitting .402, with Lauren Schutzler at .400.

All three finished below .400, however, with Lastrapes and Schutzler missing the cut by one percentage point.

In 1998, four UA players - Alison McCutcheon, Lauren Bauer, Nicole Giordano and Leah Braatz - hit above .400.

Another quotable

"I can't believe that K'Lee Arredondo was that much a difference-maker on this team."

UA coach Mike Candrea, commenting on the only starter missing from the 2010 Women's College World Series championship series team and the squad that lost in the super-regional round. He praised Arredondo's fire.

Homer tally

Stacie Chambers finished her career as the UA's home run leader and in sole possession of second place on the NCAA all-time home run list. Here's a look at how it shapes up:

1. Stacey Nuveman, UCLA (1997, 1999, 2001-02), 90 HRs

2. Stacie Chambers, Arizona (2008-11), 87 HRs

3T. Laura Espinoza, Arizona (1992-95), 85 HRs

3T. Leah Braatz, Arizona (1994-95, 1997-98) 85 HRs

Another big number

3

Times since 2005 that Arizona faced Oklahoma in a super regional, all in Tucson. The Wildcats swept in '05, won in three games in '08 and were swept this season.

Patrick Finley

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