Arizona won the Arizona Battle of Champions, with emphatic run-rule victories over Phoenix College and Pima College.
The three teams, all of whom won their respective national championships in 2006, played round robin exhibition games at Hillenbrand Stadium Wednesday night.
In its first game, Arizona made quick work of Phoenix College, with a 9-1 victory. The four-and-a-half inning game lasted just one hour and five minutes and featured two home runs by former Phoenix College All-American Chelsie Mesa and a grand slam off the bat of Laine Roth.
UA third baseman Jenae Leles spun a complete game in her first collegiate action as a pitcher, as she surrendered four hits and two walks over five innings of work in which she gave up no earned runs.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a Mesa solo home run and a Leles RBI groundout that drove in Kristie Fox who had tripled.
In UA’s second game of the evening, Taryne Mowatt threw a perfect game, striking out 11 of the 15 Aztecs she faced in Arizona’s 11-0, five-inning win over Pima.
Mowatt needed just 70 pitches to dispose every batter she faced.
At the plate, Arizona was held scoreless for the first three innings and scored all 11 of its runs in a fourth inning that saw all nine batting positions score and three UA home runs.
The inning started innocently enough with a Sam Banister single and a K’Lee Arredondo groundout. Former Pima All-American Cyndi Duran then singled, sparking 11 consecutive Wildcat hitters to reach base. After Caitlin Lowe smacked a two-RBI double, Mesa hit her third home run of the night to give UA a 4-0 lead. Fox, Callista Balko, Leles and Laine Roth used there walks and a single to score one run and leave the bases loaded for Sam Banister who clubbed a grand slam to break the game open, 9-0. Arredondo walked, bringing Duran back up to the plate for the second time in the inning. The former Aztec put an exclamation point on the inning and the night with a rare home run from the lefty slapper.
Up Next: Arizona will resume regular season play by hosting Missouri for a three-game series at Hillenbrand Stadium this weekend. Friday and Saturday’s games will begin at 7 p.m., with Sunday’s start set for 11 a.m.