FULLERTON, Calif. ?C The No. 7 Arizona Wildcats (19-6) used the long ball to defeat the No. 14 DePaul Blue Demons (17-7) 11-0 in their first game at the Judi Garman Classic.
It was a pitching duel through the first four, with Arizona's Taryne Mowatt (9-5) striking out five and counterpart Becca Heteniak (8-4) only allowing 1 hit. But after the first three hits on both sides, UA blew the doors wide open.
With one out in the UA fifth, Callista Balko smashed her ninth home run to start the scoring. After walks to Kˇ?Lee Arredondo and Adrienne Acton, Brittany Lastrapes decked her fourth home run of the year to right center, and an out later Jenae Leles hit one to dead center, her seventh, to make it 5-0.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mowatt found herself in a jam with two on and one out, but proceeded to strike out Marcy Wilus and induced a pop up to Heteniak to end the inning.
Arizona tacked on?six more runs in the top of the seventh, the first by way of a bases loaded error, and four more off the hot bat of Laine Roth with a grand slam to left center, the seventh of the season for the junior. Arizona batted around, and pinch-hitter Cyndi Duran was hit with the bases loaded to bring in another run and the final score.
Mowatt threw a two-hit,?9?strikeout shutout, while DePaul committed 4 errors.
Up Next: Arizona will meet Florida State tomorrow at 9 a.m. local time (PDT) in the tournament, then take on No. 6 Michigan right afterward.
Notes... Roth's home run was her fourth in the last four games and represented that four-game hitting streak -- all homers... The spate of dingers continued a season trend. The Wildcats have banged 49 home runs, just under two per game. As impressive are the 98 RBI the club has collected off so-long balls alone... The Cats improved to 4-2 against ranked teams, a good sign for the UA's strength of schedule and prospects...