TUCSON – Chelsea Goodacre hit five home runs and drove in nine runs as Arizona swept Cypress and Pima on the final day of the Arizona Fall Invitational. UA pitchers no-hit Cypress in a 16-0, five-inning sweep, before downing the Aztecs 10-3 in the nightcap.
After her five-homer, nine-RBI night, Goodacre brought her five-game tournament numbers to a mind-numbing .867 average, eight homers in 15 at-bats, 24 RBI and a 2.467 slugging percentage. The junior hit a home run in each of her final five at-bats of the day.
As a team, Arizona hit .517 for the tournament, while its pitchers limited opponents to a .194 clip. UA outscored its opponents 63-6 in the five games.
The Wildcats continue fall ball when they welcome Eastern Arizona, Fort Lewis and Scottsdale Community College for the Fall Round Robin, October 26 and 27. The Cats open the Round Robin against Eastern Arizona on the 26th at 3:00 p.m. PDT.
Game 1 – Arizona 16, Cypress College 0 (5 innings)
Michelle Floyd and Shelby Babcock hurled the combined no-hitter as Arizona defeated Cypress 16-0 in five innings. A third-inning error was Cypress’s only baserunner, keeping the Cats from perfection.
Floyd struck out six batters in four innings before Babcock pitched a perfect fifth. Babcock struck out one of the three batters she faced.
Goodacre knocked two home runs and drove in five runs in the contest. Lauren Young, Katiyana Mauga and Mo Mercado went yard in the game as well.
Hallie Wilson and Payton Kornfiend led off the bottom of the first with singles before a walk and a Chelsea Goodacre groundout plated a run.
After Wilson and Kornfeind set the table once again with a pair of singles in the third, Goodacre homered to right to give the Cats a 4-0 lead.
The floodgates opened in the fourth when UA sent 17 batters to the dish and plated 12 runs, all after Cypress got the first two batters out in the inning. The Cats strung together four consecutive singles following the two outs, a streak that was followed by a run of four homers in the span of five batters, including a three-run bomb from Young. After the final homer, the next five batters recorded a hit to keep the inning going. Siera Phillips notched a pinch-hit RBI triple in the frame.
Game 2 – Arizona 10, Pima 3
Chelsea Goodacre homered three times, drove in four runs and led Arizona to a 10-3 victory in the tournament-cap over Pima.
Freshmen Katiyana Mauga and Mo Mercado added homers, giving each two for the day.
UA scored 10 runs on 16 hits, one-fourth of which came off the bat of Mercado, who doubled off the left-field wall to go along with her homer. Goodacre and Kelsey Rodriguez had three hits apiece.
Kenzie Fowler, earning her first start of the fall, allowed a run on three hits while striking out six in four innings. Estela Piñon hurled the final three innings and allowed two runs on four hits.
Goodacre was responsible for Arizona’s first four runs as she hit a two-run homer in the first and solo shots in the third and fifth innings.
UA’s bats came alive following Goodacre’s leadoff homer in the fifth. Kelsey Rodriguez singled and scored on Mauga’s RBI single to right-center before Mercado homered to center to give Arizona a 7-1 lead. A Pima error plated a pair of runs to give the Cats an 8-1 lead after five innings.
UA added to the lead when Mauga homered to right-center with two out in the sixth inning.
Pima scored twice in the seventh when Taylor Fabing singled in a pair of runs.