TUCSON, Ariz. ?C The Arizona softball team hit eight home runs in a pair of run-rule victories over Cypress and Pima to conclude Arizona Fall Tournament play.
UAˇ?s power surge was highlighted by three home runs from sophomore shortstop Kˇ?Lee Arredondo and a pair of blasts by senior catcher Callista Balko.
Arizona 8, Cypress 0 (6 innings)
Up 1-0 in the fourth inning, the Wildcats exploded for six runs to break the game open. Arredondo opened the rally with a solo home run. Two runs and four UA base hits later, Jenae Leles cranked a three-run round-tripper to left field to cap the six-run frame.
Leading 7-0 in the top of the sixth, Balko hit a solo home run to left field, invoking the mercy rule.
The Wildcats out-hit the Chargers, 12-3, as senior pitcher Taryne Mowatt held off the Cypress hitters with five shutout innings and nine strikeouts, before she gave way to Lindsey Sisk. The freshman hurler allowed one hit in one inning of relief.
Arizona 14, Pima 0 (5 innings)
As if three home runs in the first game were not enough, UA unloaded on Pima for five homers in just 23 at-bats in the run-rule shortened rout.
Sam Banister punctuated a two-out rally in the first inning with a three-run homer; a sign of things to come for UA.
In the second, the Wildcats tagged Aztec pitching for six runs and two additional long balls. Following a Lauren Schutzler RBI double, Balko displayed some opposite field power with a three-run jack to right.
Three batters, two hits and a pitching change after Balkoˇ?s blat, Arredondo went yard for the second time of the day with a line shot off the batterˇ?s eye for a two-run homer.
The next inning, Stacie Chambers went deep to right-center field for yet another three-run home run, putting the Wildcats up 12-0 after just three frames.
In the fourth, UA tacked on two additional runs for good measure, as Arredondo smashed her third home run of the day, and Jill Malina capped a two-hit contest with an RBI single.
Sisk went the distance in the circle and allowed no runs on one hit. The Murrieta Valley, Calif., native struck out six and did not allow a walk in the complete game shutout.
Up Next: Arizonaˇ?s Oct. 27 Alumni Game has been cancelled. UA will hold fall practice for two more weeks, before resuming practice and competition in the spring.