Feb. 26, 2012
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -
Fifteenth-ranked Arizona (13-4) got a stellar outing from sophomore Shelby Babcock and took advantage of three Long Beach State (6-9) errors in the Wildcats' 4-0 win over the 49ers to conclude the Cathedral City Classic.
Babcock celebrated her birthday Sunday, and two-hit Long Beach State while allowing only three base-runners all game, a career-best for a complete game performance. The sophomore struck out six in the game. Babcock improved to 6-4 on the season.
Three LBSU errors allowed three unearned runs to cross for Arizona. UA's defense was spot-free once again, expanding Arizona's streak to 10 games without an error.
Chelsea Goodacre went 2-for-3 in the contest with an RBI. The freshman had the only extra-base hit of the game - a double in the sixth.
Erin Jones-Wesley took the loss for Long Beach State, dropping her to 6-4 on the year. Jones-Wesley no-hit Arizona through 3.2 innings until Goodacre broke up the no-no bid. Jones-Wesley allowed just one earned run on five hits in seven innings.
Arizona loaded the bases in the second without a hit on a couple of walks and a LBSU fielding error. Goodacre recorded a sacrifice fly to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. The Cats would reload the bases on a two-out walk, but Hallie Wilson grounded out to second to end the threat.
UA loaded the bases once again in the fifth on three consecutive hits. Pinch-hitter Baillie Kirker drew a one-out, RBI walk to give Arizona a 2-0 lead. The bases were still loaded with just one out, but Erin Jones-Wesley got the next two Cats to strand the bases loaded.
The Cats would again load the bases in the sixth inning with the assistance of two errors and two walks. The two errors would produce runs and give Arizona a 4-0 lead it would not give up.
Arizona finished the Cathedral City Classic 5-1 with an overall record of 13-4. This week's performance brings Arizona's all-time record in the event to 27-4.
The Wildcats will be in action again this weekend when they welcome College of Charleston to Hillenbrand Stadium for a three-game series. Arizona and College of Charleston will face off Friday, Mach 2 at 6:00 p.m. MST to kick-start the series. Following the Saturday contest between the clubs, Arizona alumni will take on the Wounded Warriors; The UA game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. MST, with the Alumni-Wounded Warriors to begin at its conclusion.