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Cats Dominate Day One of Fall Round Robin
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 26, 2013

TUCSON – Arizona defeated Eastern Arizona College, 15-0, and Fort Lewis, 10-0, in day one of the Fall Round Robin on Saturday afternoon at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium.

Arizona pitchers only surrendered three hits and three walks of the day, shutting out both opponents. Estela Piñon started in the circle against EAC, cruising through four innings of shut-out ball. Making her first fall appearance, Nancy Bowling entered in the top fifth to strike out the side and give Arizona its first win of the day. Against Fort Lewis, freshman Michelle Floyd started in the circle, allowing no runs on one hit and a walk over three innings. Shelby Babcock replaced Floyd in the top fourth. After walking the first batter, Babcock retired the next six to finish the game.

Four Wildcats launched home runs to provide support for Arizona’s strong pitching. In game one, home runs from Cynthia Pelayo, Katiyana Mauga and Hallie Wilson highlighted Arizona’s 15 runs. Mauga picked up her second home run of the day against Fort Lewis when she struck a two-run shot to right field in the bottom fifth to end the game via the mercy rule.

The Wildcats will host Scottsdale Community College tomorrow, October 27, at 2:00 p.m PDT to conclude the Fall Round Robin. 

Game 1 – Arizona 15, Eastern Arizona College 0 (Five innings)

Senior Estela Piñon started in the circle for the Wildcats, striking out three and giving up two hits and one walk.

Over the span of three innings, from the second to the fourth, Arizona scored 15 runs. Cynthia Pelayo lead the Cats in RBIs with four, and Mo Mercado’s three hits were the most by any UA player in game one. Twelve UA batters reached on base at least once.

After a scoreless inning and half, the Wildcats got their bats going in the bottom second as Arizona scored four runs. 

Mauga started the inning with a walk, followed by another walk by Lauren Young. Mo Mercado singled to center, bringing Mauga home to score the game’s first run. With two on, Cynthia Pelayo drove a pitch to deep left field for a three run home run giving Arizona the 4-0 lead. The home run was Pelayo’s first of the fall season. The Wildcats continue to remain threatening by loading up the bases, but EAC was able to finish the inning without further damage.

Arizona tacked on three more runs in the bottom third to extend its lead to 7-0.

Mauga got things started again by lead off the inning with a double. Young walked for the second time in the game, and Mercado followed with a single to load the bases. Pelayo grounded out in the next at-bat resulting in a run. Contreras singled in two runs to extend Arizona’s lead to seven.

Arizona blew the game open in the bottom fourth by scoring eight runs to make the lead 15-0.

Nikki Dunlap walked to lead off the inning, and Kelsey Rodriguez singled to put two on. Catcher Chelsea Goodacre singled down the right field line to score Dunlap. The RBI was Goodacre’s 25thof the fall campaign. With Rodriguez and Goodacre on base, Mauga sailed a three-run home run past the left field wall to extend Arizona’s lead to eleven. Siera Phillips recorded a RBI double to add a run, Hallie Wilson capped the inning off with

In her first appearance of the fall, Nancy Bowling replaced Piñon in the top of the fifth, striking out the side to end the game and give the Wildcats the win.  

Game 2 – Arizona 10, Fort Lewis 0 (Five Innings)

Katiyana Mauga’s two-run home run sealed the win for Arizona as it gave the Wildcats a 10-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Starting in the circle for the Wildcats, freshman Michelle Floyd completed three innings, allowing no runs on one hit and one walk. Floyd struck out three batters, and Shelby Babcock replaced Floyd in the top of the fourth.

The Arizona bats kept hot heading into the second game as the Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead over Fort Lewis in the bottom first. Wilson led off with a bunt-single, and Chelsea Suitos singled to get Wilson on third. Chelsea Rodriguez flied out to right field allowing Wilson to tag up and score.  

The Wildcats added five more runs in the bottom of the third to lead 6-0.

Courtney Rodriguez recorded an infield single to lead off and advanced to second from a sacrifice bunt by Alex Lavine. Wilson drove in Rodriguez by singling to right field and reached to second base from a Fort Lewis error. Suitos batted in a run by singling to right field and scoring Wilson. Suitos scored from a double by Goodacre extending Arizona’s lead to four. After a Mauga walk with Goodacre on second, Lauren Young doubled to drive in two runs, giving Arizona a 6-0 lead.

Hallie Wilson doubled to left-center to score Courtney Rodriguez, stretching Arizona’s lead to 7-0.

Arizona scored three more runs in the bottom fifth to end the game via the mercy rule. After Arizona rallied to make it 8-0, Mauga drove a pitch to right field over the wall for a two-run home run. The home run was Mauga’s second of the day, and it stretched Arizona’s lead to 10-0, ending the game via the mercy rule.

Saturday, October 26                              

1:00 p.m.                                                 Eastern Arizona 2, Fort Lewis 1

3:00 p.m.                                                 ARIZONA 15, Eastern Arizona 0

5:00 p.m.                                                 ARIZONA 10, Fort Lewis 0

Sunday, October 27

12:00 p.m.                                               Scottsdale Community College vs. Fort Lewis

2:00 p.m.                                                 ARIZONA vs. Scottsdale Community College