The fifth-ranked Wildcats (18-5) won the first game of their three-game pool play schedule behind seven hits. NC State drops to 18-10 on the year and 0-2 in pool play.
Taryne Mowatt (12-5) struck out 11 Wolfpack hitters in her fourth shutout of the season. At the plate, she and Callista Balko were responsible for all of
Mowatt took a no-hitter into the fourth inning, which is when the Wolfpack used a single and a pair of walks to load the bases. However, Mowatt thwarted the rally by inducing Megan Dalthorp into grounding to short.
Mowatt allowed a leadoff double to Laura Klem to start the fourth inning, but a sacrifice bunt sandwiched between a pair of strikeouts left the Wildcats unscathed and the shutout intact.
Adrienne Acton led off the bottom of the fifth with an infield single, promoting her hit streak to a career-long eight games. Caitlin Lowe then followed suit with an infield single of her own, giving UA two runners on with nobody out. After Chelsie Mesa grounded into a fielder’s choice, Kristie Fox succumbed to a full-count strikeout, leaving the rally in Leles’ hands.
In the sixth, Balko handed
- Chelsie Mesa’s first-inning double extended her hitting streak to 20 games. This is the longest
- Adrienne Acton’s leadoff single in the fifth inning extended her hitting streak to a career-long eight games. She is hitting .435 (10-for-23) over that timeframe.
- The win is Arizona head coach Mike Candrea's 1,099th career victory.