6 p.m. Arizona game:?Arizona 7, Iowa State 1 (Box score)?
TUCSON--UA jumped on the scoreboard and never relinquished the lead, beating previously once-beat Iowa State 7-1 Friday night behind an 11-hit attack in Game?5 of the Hillenbrand Invitational Friday night. The win gave UA a pair to start the tourney.
Freshman pitcher Lindsey Sisk pitched five strong innings before running into some trouble in the sixth, with UA ace Taryne Mowatt coming on for a save.
The Cats (8-4) got on the board in the first inning. Brittany Lastrapes led off with a double, moved to third on an error off K'Lee Arredondo's grounder, then scored on Sam Banister's infield grounder.
Arredondo ripped a home run to right-center with two outs in the top of the third to give UA its second run.
Iowa State (11-2) got a one-out single by Michelle Detmer, an errant throw by Callista Balko on a pickoff try to move her to second, and then Kristy Olsen doubled down the line to put both runners in scoring position with one out. But UA first baseman Sam Banister threw Detmer out trying to score on Kelsey Kidwell's grounder, and pitcher Lindsey Sisk got Courtney Wray to foul out.
UA picked up its third run with a leadoff single by Cyndi Duran , a pair of grounders to move her to third, and a single by Arredondo off the pitcher's glove for the RBI.
The loss was the first of the year for ISU pitcher Charissa Carlin (5-1). Sisk improved her record to 4-1.
Jenae Leles greeted Cyclones reliever Amie Ford with a shot to left-center for her third home run of the year, with a runner aboard, to make it 5-0 in the UA sixth.
The Cyclones scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth when pinch-hitter Carrie Monroe was hit by a pitch from Sisk with the bases loaded. ISU had a chance for more, with the bases loaded, but Taryne Mowatt came in and struck out Syndi Jones to retire the side.
The appearance, with the tying run on base, earned Mowatt her first save of the year and fourth in her career.
The Cats added some insurance runs in the top of the seventh on a two-out RBI single by Laine Roth after Arredondo doubled into the gap in left. After a wild pitch pushed Roth to second, Jenae Leles drew a walk and Stacie Chambers singled down the right field line to make it 7-1.
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4 p.m. UA game:? Arizona 12, USF 0 (Box Score)?
TUCSON--Taryne Mowatt pitched no-hit ball for four innings, and Sarah Akamine mopped it up with an inning's blanking, while UA hitters blasted South Florida, 12-0, Friday afternoon in the Cats' first game of the Hillenbrand Invitational tournament.
It was UA's first combined no-hitter since April 2004, when Alicia Hollowell and Wendy Allen combined to beat Oregon State in five innings.
Mowatt struck out 11, sitting down the side three times. Her fourth inning walk issued to Tara Toscano was the only blemish preventing a perfect game.
Arizona (7-4) wasted no time, taking a 3-0 lead after one inning. Brittany Lastrapes led off with a double to center, K'Lee Arredondo walked and Sam Banister moved them up with a sacrifice bunt. After a foul out, Stacie Chambers hit a two-run double to left. Callista Balko beat out an infield hit, and Victoria Kemp singled in Chambers.
The Cats tacked on five runs in the third, with five hits, a wild pitch, a bases-loaded walk by Laine Roth, an RBI hit by Brittany LaStrapes and a two-run single by Arredondo. The inning chased USF starter Courtney Mosch (5-3).
Arizona made it a double-digit lead in the bottom of the fourth with a throwing error, an RBI single, and a two-run homer by Lauren Schutzler.
UA turns right around to meet Iowa State in Game 5 of the tourney. South Florida (8-6) will play Iowa State later tonight.??
TUCSON--Virginia Tech edged UIC, 6-5, in the opening game of Arizona's Hillenbrand Invitational softball tournament Friday morning. Designated player Jenna Rhodes had three hits, scored three times and drove in a pair of runs.
VT improved to 10-4, dropping the Flames to 2-8. Reliever Heather Lowry earned the victory with four and two-thirds innings of pitching, with Angela Tincher notching a save by striking out the side int he bottom of the seventh. Whitney Orellena (0-1) took the loss. Ashlee Ackeman had three hits for UIC.
TUCSON--The Flames of UIC came back with a two-run seventh to top New Mexico State, 4-3, in Game 2 of the Hillenbrand Invitational Friday afternoon.
UIC pitcher Sarah Clynes weathered a 14-hit NMSU attack. The Aggies scored twice in the top of the fourth to take a lead they held going into the seventh. But UIC used two errors to put the tying and winning run across, with and RBI single by Alicia Abbott plating the winning run.
NMSU's Stephanie Herrera went 4-for-4, while Clynes had two of the six hits off NMSU's Kim Watson.
TUCSON--Virginia Tech got up early and outlasted New Mexico State, 7-3?beat New Mexico State in Hillenbrand Invitational softball action Friday afternoon. Lowry (4-0) earned the victory in four innings of relief.
The Hokies (11-4) took the lead with four consecutive hits and another single an out later in a bat-around fourth. Despite all being earned, only one run was driven in, on Jessica Everhart's base hit. NMSU had?two throwing errors on one of the hits to help move runners along. Misty Hall had a two-run homer in a three-run fifth and Jenna Rhodes singled in a run in the sixth.
The Aggies (8-10) dropped their second consecutive tourney game to drop to 8-10 overall. Rishelle Gastelum had a pair of hits and scored the Aggies' run in the top of the sixth. Hoku Nohara hit a two-run homer in the top?the seventh for NMSU's final runs.