Feb. 18, 2012
Arizona (7-3) slipped past Western Kentucky, 6-4, and run-ruled Southern Utah, 9-1, in its third and fourth games of the Hillenbrand Invitational. The Wildcats finish up the Invitational tomorrow as they take on Southern Utah once again; the game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. MST.
Complete Hillenbrand Invitational Schedule
Friday, Feb. 17 Western Kentucky 9, North Dakota 2 Southern Utah 5, Western Kentucky 4 UAB 2, Southern Utah 0 ARIZONA 7, Uab 0 ARIZONA 14, North Dakota 2 (5 innings)Game 1: Arizona 6, Western Kentucky 4
Saturday, Feb. 18 Southern Utah 4, North Dakota 1 (8 innings) UAB 9, North Dakota 8 Western Kentucky 3, UAB 2 ARIZONA 6, Western Kentucky 4 ARIZONA 9, Southern Utah 1 (5 innings)
Sunday, Feb. 19 9:00 a.m. UAB vs. Western Kentucky 11:00 a.m. North Dakota vs. Southern Utah 1:00 p.m. ARIZONA vs. Southern Utah
Western Kentucky (5-3) gave Arizona all it could handle, twice leading Arizona and forcing UA to score two go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth to win, 6-4.
Kenzie Fowler went the distance and allowed four runs on six hits and struck out eight batters. Fowler improved to 2-0 on the season.
Erin Wagner took the loss in relief, as she gave up the go-ahead runs in the sixth. Wagner dropped to 2-1 on the year.
The teams battled and traded runs through the first five innings until bases-loaded walks to Koria and Arriola in the sixth gave Arizona a lead it would not relinquish.
Western Kentucky got the scoring going in the third with a two run-home run by Kelsie Mattox.
In the fifth, Western Kentucky snagged the lead back with a pair of runs.
Once again, the lead was short-lived as Koria led the bottom half off with her fourth home run of the season to knot the game up at four.
Arizona took the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Koria and Arriola drew one-out RBI walks back-to-back.
WKU would get its first two batters on board in the seventh, but Fowler would get the next three out to win the game.
Game 2: Arizona 9, Southern Utah 1 (5 innings)
After a slow start, Arizona's bats woke up in the fifth inning and Arizona defeated Southern Utah (2-4), 9-1 in five innings.
Hallie Wilson had four RBI in the tilt, including a three-run double that ended the game in the bottom of the fifth.
Shelby Babcock allowed one run on four hits while striking out six and to improve to 4-3 on the year.
Pendley drove in her team-leading 16th run of the season with an RBI single in the second. Classmate Wilson drove in a run later in the inning with a single to right to give UA a 2-0 lead.
The Thunderbirds cut Arizona's lead in half in the next inning with a Kelsey Bryant RBI double.
Both squads had quiet bats until the bottom of the fifth when Arizona plated seven runs to run-rule the Thunderbirds. Koria, Pendley and Goodacre batted in runs in the fifth and the bases were loaded with one out for Wilson. The freshman hit a walk-off, three-run double.