Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Softball Drops Fordham, Syracuse in Sweep
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 26, 2012
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Feb. 26, 2012


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Despite being outhit in both contests, Arizona swept Saturday's action at the Cathedral City Classic, besting Fordham, 3-2, and Syracuse 5-0. The Wildcats improved to 4-1 at the tournament and 12-4 on the year.

UA will complete its stay at the Cathedral City Classic with a tilt against Long Beach State, Sunday at 3:00 p.m. PT.

Game 1: Arizona 3, Fordham 2

The Wildcats slipped past the Rams, 3-2, in the early game despite being outhit by Fordham, 7-6.

Brigette Del Ponte drove in two runs for Arizona with a sac fly in the third and an RBI double in the fifth.

Shelby Babcock and Kenzie Fowler tag-teamed for the victory in the circle for the Cats. Babcock got the start and the win for UA; the sophomore allowed two runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out six in five innings of play. Fowler entered in the sixth and did not allow a hit in two innings of work to pick up the save.

Arizona scored the first run of the game in the third. Karissa Buchanan singled to begin the frame, stole second and moved to third on a Chelsea Suitos single. With one out, Buchanan beat out a throw from shallow right field on a sacrifice fly for Del Ponte.

Buchanan would cross the plate again in the fifth. As she did in the third inning, Buchanan singled and stole second to get herself in scoring position. Suitos knocked her first double of the season down the left field line to bring Buchanan home. Suitos would then score on a Del Ponte double that gave UA a 3-0 lead.

Fordham began the sixth with four consecutive singles, the last of which, an RBI single by Gabby Luety, chased Babcock in favor of Fowler. The junior entered with the bases loaded and no one out. Fowler would walk a second Fordham run in, but preserved the Wildcat lead by getting three of the four batters she faced out in the inning, stranding the go-ahead run at second base.

Game 2: Arizona 5, Syracuse 0

Fowler recorded her third-consecutive complete-game shutout at the Cathedral City Classic as the Wildcats beat Syracuse, 5-0 in the nightcap.

The Orange outhit the Cats, 6-4, but could not cross the plate against Fowler.

Del Ponte drove in three of Arizona's five runs on the game, escalating her RBI total to five on the game and 18 on the season.

UA plated three runs on just one hit in the third inning. A Syracuse throwing error scored the first run of the inning. Buchanan and Hallie Wilson, who reached on a fielder's choice and walked, respectively, were advanced to second and third on a passed ball. Del Ponte took advantage with a single through the left side to bring them both home.

A leadoff walk would come around to score for the second-straight inning when, in the fourth, Koria was walked and would come home to score on a Shelby Pendley RBI single that gave Arizona a 4-0 lead.

Del Ponte's third RBI of the game was a home run to center field in the fifth that gave UA a 5-0 lead.

Syracuse would load the bases in the sixth and seventh innings, but Fowler escaped both jams to preserve victory for Arizona.