Feb. 12, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Wildcats needed only six innings to down Cal State Northridge (0-5), 8-0, behind Shelby Babcock's three-hit shutout.
Arizona ended the Kajikawa Classic 3-3 with dominating victories over McNeese State, Syracuse and Cal State Northridge and one-run losses to Georgia Tech, No. 20 Nebraska and No. 17 Texas A&M.
On Sunday, the Wildcats got out of the gate quickly, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first, pacing UA to the 8-0 win.
Babcock recorded her second win of the season, pitching six solid innings, shutting out the Matadors and allowing just three hits. The sophomore's seven Ks were one off her career high, a mark she tied last night against Texas A&M. Babcock improves to 2-3 on the season.
Kristen Arriola tallied three RBI including a pair of RBI walks, the latter of which would end the game in the seventh.
Chelsea Gooadacre pitched in a couple RBI herself without recording a hit in the contest.
Arizona was helped by a pair of Matador errors, allowing three unearned runs for UA.
The Cats got four runs across in the bottom of the first on just one hit. Hallie Wilson got the frame going with a single to right. After a couple of outs, Matador starter Alexa Limon loaded the bases with a walk and a hit batter. She would repeat the sequence with a pair of RBI free-passes: a walk to Arriola and a bean-ball to Goodacre. A two-run error by CSUN second baseman Jaci Carlsen would bring home Arizona's third and fourth runs of the frame.
The teams traded zeros until the bottom of the fifth when Arizona put a three-spot on the scoreboard. A one-out double by Lini Koria put two runners in scoring position for Arriola who singled home a run. A two-run groundout by Goodacre cleared the bases with two out for Arizona, now leading 7-0. Freshmen Shelby Pendley and Wilson recorded hits to go along with a Baillie Kirker walk to load the bases as Arizona attempted to mount a two-out rally, needing a hit to end the game. Chelsea Suitos would ground out, though, to end the threat.
UA would load the bases again in the sixth, this time with no outs. Arriola drew a walk to drive in the mercy run to give UA the 8-0 win.
Up Next: The Wildcats will host North Dakota, Western Kentucky, Southern Utah and UAB for the Hillenbrand Invitational next weekend, Feb. 17-19.