Feb. 11, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Arizona Softball lost its third one-run affair in four games in Saturday's doubleheader nightcap, 5-4 to Texas A&M after run-ruling Syracuse 11-1.
Arizona lost just one game all of last season by one run, 2-3 to Baylor on March 13, 2011.
UA will wrap up the weekend with a trip to Farrington Stadium to play Cal State Northridge at 11:00 a.m. MST.
Game 1: Arizona 11, Syracuse 1 (5 innings)
Jessica Spigner went 2-for-2 with a homer and four RBI while allowing only three Syracuse (3-1) hits in her first appearance in the circle with Arizona. The Cats took out some frustration after two consecutive losses, jumping all over Syracuse and downing the Orange 11-1 in five innings.
Arizona hit at least three home runs for the third time in four games; Spigner, Brigette Del Ponte and Pendley each blasted their second home run of the season.
Spigner (1-0) struck out two in her Arizona pitching debut. The senior pitched all five innings and kept Orange hitters off balance all game with a good mix of off-speed pitches.
Arizona crossed the plate in every trip to the plate. UA struck for three in the first, one in the second, four in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
In the first, two infield singles were batted in by the Spigner home run that gave UA a 3-0 lead before Syracuse came up to bat.
The Cats added to the lead in the second on a Chelsea Suitos RBI single.
Syracuse got the run back in the bottom half, however, when Shirley Daniels batted in a run on an infield single.
Arizona had two runners in scoring position with no one out after a Spigner double, Lini Koria walk and a passed ball. Chelsea Goodacre singled home a run and then Pendley cleared the bases with a three-run blast.
Del Ponte padded the lead with a home run in the fourth to give the Cats a 9-1 lead.
UA brought home two more in the fifth, when Arizona scored on a fielder's choice and on a Spigner RBI sac fly.
The defense held serve in the bottom half to preserve the run-rule outcome.
Game 2: Texas A&M 5, Arizona 4
Arizona, which hits its healthy share of home runs, fell victim to the long ball, as home runs drove in four of Texas A&M's five runs, including a go-ahead solo shot by Meagan May in the seventh inning as Texas A&M (2-1) bettered UA, 5-4.
The Wildcats battled back from a 4-2 deficit with a two-spot in the sixth to tie the game. May's homer, though, proved to be the difference in Arizona's third loss in its first five games.
Arizona outhit Texas A&M 9-6, but stranded 10 base-runners in the loss.
Shelby Babcock fell to 1-3 on the season with the loss. The sophomore went the distance and allowed four earned runs on six hits while striking out eight to tie her career high.
Texas A&M scored first on a Nicole Morgan sac fly.
UA answered in the bottom half, loading the bases with only one out on a couple of singles and a walk. Koria drew an RBI walk and Kristen Arriola registered an RBI fielder's choice to give Arizona a 2-1 lead after one.
A couple of walks put two on for nine-hole hitter Kelsea Orsak who homered to right to give A&M a 4-2 lead.
The tie was short-lived, however. May led off the seventh inning with a home run to right field. Babcock would get the next three out.
UA came to bat in the seventh needing a run to extend the game, two to win it. Koria led off the frame with a single up the middle. Sam Davis would pinch run and be sacrificed to second. Texas A&M pitcher Mel Dumezich would strand Davis at second, however, with strikeouts of Baillie Kirker and Pendley to end the game.