April 7, 2012
No. 17 Arizona Softball (25-10, 4-5 Pac-12) split a pair of games with fourth-ranked Washington (33-6, 4-5 Pac-12) and taking the series two games to one.
Game two of the series was suspended for rain in the on Friday, and was completed Saturday with the Cats taking it 5-3.
The Huskies would bounce back to avoid the sweep with a 7-5 victory in the final game of the series.
Arizona will play six conference games next week with a midweek series vs. Utah in Tucson before heading to top-ranked California. The Cats and the Utes meet for a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 5:00 p.m. and finish the series on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. PDT.
Game 1: Arizona 5, Washington 3
Picking up in the sixth inning a game which began Friday night, Arizona needed 32 minutes to complete its 5-3 win over Washington.
The Huskies had three hits in the two innings that were completed on Saturday, but could not score. In the sixth, Washington put runners on the corners with two out. A pitch sailed to the back stop, and Victoria Hayward took off for home. Lini Koria whipped it to Brigette Del Ponte, who applied the tag to the sliding Hayward to end the inning.
Kenzie Fowler (10-3) recorded her 11th complete game of the season. Fowler allowed three earned runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking six.
Just two of Arizona's five runs were batted in as UA took advantage of three Washington errors and only one was charged to Washington starter Kaitlin Inglesby (16-4).
Koria hit her eighth home run in the fifth inning to tie the game at a run apiece and Shelby Pendley doubled in her 36th RBI of the season in UA's five-run fifth.
In Friday's action, Washington scored a run on just one hit in the first. A walk and a single put two on with two out. A grounder up the middle would be gloved by Pendley, but as she unsuccessfully attempted to get the force at second, Niki Williams came around third to score.
Arizona followed its poor defensive effort in the first with an error to start the second. The Cats, though, would eliminate the error by catching pinch-runner Whitney Jones stealing sandwiched between a Fowler strikeout and a Marki Creger-Zier groundout.
The Wildcats' first hit of the game came in the fourth when Pendley knocked a one-out single to center. She would be erased by a 6-4-3 double play that ended the frame.
Its second hit of the game landed past the right field fence as Koria led off the fifth with a home run. Karissa Buchanan nabbed a one-hit base hit and stole second to get herself in scoring position with one out for the top of the lineup. Hallie Wilson struck out and Chelsea Suitos reached on a bunt single. With runners on the corners and two out, Brigette Del Ponte grounded softly to Inglesby. The pitcher lost the handle of the ball and then threw it away allowing two runs to score. Jessica Spigner singled and Shelby Pendley hit a double to score pinch-runner Sam Davis. The relay in was mishandled by Kylee Lahners which allowed the fifth run of the inning.
Two walks and a single loaded the bases with only one out for Washington in the fifth. Fowler walked in a run to make the score 5-2. An RBI groundout by Shawna Wright scored another Husky run to make the score 5-3 Arizona after five.
Two pitches into the sixth inning, the game went into a delay.
Game 2: Washington 7, Arizona 5
Arizona fell into an early hole and, despite a solid comeback effort, dropped the final game of the series 7-5 to Washington.
The Huskies scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning on four straight two-out RBI singles to take a lead it would not give up.
After falling into a 5-1 hole in the third, UA scored four runs, but a Inglesby two-run home run in the fourth which, at the time, gave UW a 7-2 lead, proved to be the difference.
Bryana Walker (8-1) got the start and the victory for the Huskies. Walker pitched five innings and left the bases loaded with no one out in the sixth. She allowed five runs on five hits while striking out six and walking three. Walker was relieved in the sixth by Kasey Stanchek who faced two batters, both RBI walks, credited to Walker. Stanchek was then relieved by Inglesby who walked in the fifth Arizona run of the game, again credited to Walker, before getting out of the inning with the two-run lead in tact. Inglesby pitched a scoreless seventh to record her fourth save of the season.
Freshmen Wilson and Pendley had Arizona's only RBI hits, both solo homers in the third and fourth, respectively. Koria, Chelsea Goodacre and Buchanan all walked in runs in the contest.
Shelby Babcock (16-5) was charged with the loss for Arizona. The sophomore pitched four innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking a couple. She was relieved by Jessica Spigner who pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth for the Cats.
The first hit of the game came in the bottom of the second when Kylee Lahners lined a two-out single up the middle. Lahners would be stranded however, when Babcock got Hooch Fagaly to strike out to end the frame.
Arizona's first hit of the game came with two out in third when Hallie Wilson rocketed a homer to right to give the Cats a 1-0 lead.
Washington answered in the bottom half. The Huskies scored more runs in the frame than it had the entire series. UW scored five two-out runs on four consecutive hits to take a 5-1 lead.
Pendley homered to center in the fourth to cut the lead to 5-2.
Hayward singled to begin the bottom half and stole second to get a runner into scoring position with no one out. With two out, Inglesby homered to left center to take a 7-2 lead.
UA loaded the bases with no one out in the sixth. Three consecutive RBI walks brought the tying run to second with no one out for the top of the order. Arizona, though, would be unable to put anything else across and exited the sixth inning trailing 7-5.
The Wildcats brought the heart of their order to the plate in the seventh. After two quick outs, Pendley walked and Arriola singled to bring the would-be go-ahead runner to the plate. Lini Koria fouled out to third base to end the game.