Game 11 Southern Utah vs. ArizonaTUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona continued some torrid hitting and used good pitching from Jenny Gladding to beat Southern Utah, 8-0, and go to 4-0 in the Wildcat Invitational.
Southern Utah dropped to 5-8 overall and 1-2 in the tournament. Arizona is 19-0 overall.
Toni Mascarenas' 10th home run of the season, broke a scoreless tie when she led off in the bottom of the fourth. Mackenzie Vandergeest doubled to left-center and scored on Jennie Finch's single to make it 2-0. An out later, Allison Andrade hit her fourth homer of the year to make it 4-0. Then, for the third time on the day, the Cats hit-back-to-back home runs, this time pitcher Jenny Gladding's third of the year to make it 5-0.
Mascarenas hit another leadoff home run in the next inning, then Vandergeest hit an inside-the-park shot which bounced off the centerfield wall and back nearly to second base, allowing her to break up the throw to the plate. After Finch singled, Kim Balkan doubled her in to end the game on the eight-run mercy rule.
Gladding struck out 10 and allowed only three hits to improve to 6-0. SUU Mandy Flint took the loss and dropped to 3-4.
Game 10 Arizona vs. McNeese StateTUCSON, Ariz. Unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Arizona put on a home run display against McNeese State in the Cats' own Wildcat Invitational tournament Saturday afternoon, pounding the Cowgirls, 13-1.
Arizona (18-0) jumped quickly to a 2-0 lead in the first with Lauren Bauer and Nicole Giordano reaching with singles. Toni Mascarenas' single to center scored Bauer and when the ball was bobbled, Giordano scored from first.
Just as quickly, the Cats led off the second with a walk by Allison Andrade, an infield single by Erika Hanson and a single down the line by Bauer to drive in Andrade. But that only started the rally as UA scored seven more times on a two-run single by Leneah Manuma, a three-run home run by Lindsey Collins and a solo homer by Jennie Finch.
McNeese pitcher Ashleigh Ivey turned the tables and hit the first pitch in the MSU second, the first run scored off Finch in six games this year.
Manuma, Finch and Mackenzie Vendergeest hit solo home runs in the fourth to extend Arizona's lead to 13-1. McNeese avoided a bigger inning with a nifty double play after reliever Corrie Hale walked the bases loaded. Jaime Manuel went deep into foul territory to catch a foul fly and throw out Andrade at the plate.
Finch struck out 11 in four innings and improved her record to 6-0. Ivey was the loser and dropped to 2-6 for McNeese State (5-6). Teresa Demeter pitched the fifth inning to finish for UA.
Game 9 McNeese State vs. DrakeTUCSON, Ariz. The McNeese State Cowgirls won their first Wildcat Invitational tournament game of the weekend with a 3-0 shutout victory over Drake.
MSU pitcher Corrie Hale allowed eight hits but struck out three and weathered three situations in which Drake had runners in scoring position.
McNeese State scored twice in the top of the first on four hits, the key a two-run single by Tanya Prudhome, then pushed the lead to 3-0 in the fourth with a run-scoring double by Stephanie Denham.
Drake dropped to 1-3 in the tournament and 2-7 overall. McNeese State improved to 1-2 in the tournament and 6-6 overall.
Game 8 Drake vs. ConnecticutTUCSON, Ariz. Drake pitcher Katie Shimon scattered three hits to help the Bulldogs win their first game in three tries at Arizona's Wildcat Invitational, beating Connecticut, 5-2.
The Bulldogs scored two insurance runs in the top of the seventh on a run-scoring double by Kristin Moeller and an RBI double by Shimon.
Drake (2-6) scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a fileder's choice rbi by JamieWaterman. Connecticut (1-3) took the lead in the bottom of the inning bring across a run on a Drake error and a single by Megan Biddle.
Drake took a 3-2 lead with a run-scoring double by Brook Buchanan and a single by Melanie Thevenote to drive in Buchanan.
Game 7 Connecticut vs. FloridaTUCSON, Ariz. Florida stayed unbeaten in Arizona's Wildcat Invitational tournament by beating Connecticut, 6-3, Saturday morning.
The Gators took a 3-0 lead in the second inning with a run-scoring single by Jennifer Mossadeghi and a two-run single by Jeniliee Garner. The Huskies generated a run in the fourth with a leadoff double by Abbie Link, a single by Megan Biddle and a sacrifice fly by Lisa Giralamo.
Florida (12-3) stretched the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the inning when Ashley Boone doubled in Mossadeghi, who had singled and moved to second when the centerfielder bobbled the ball. The Gators added another run with a run-scoring grounder by Boone and a fielder's choice RBI by Mylin Piertro in the sixth.
Connecticut rallied with two runs in the top of the seventh, keyed by a two-run single by Link.
Florida collected nine hits, with Mossadeghi leading the way with three, plus a career-high three runs scored. Connecticut dropped to 1-2 in the tournament and overall.