Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Splits its First Two at Cathedral City
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 23, 2012
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Feb. 23, 2012


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Arizona (9-4) run-ruled Fresno State in its first game of the Cathedral City Classic, 9-0 in six, and fell to No. 13 Georgia 3-0 in the second game.

UA will play four more games at the Cathedral City Classic, beginning with 21st-ranked Oklahoma State at 8:00 p.m. PT, Friday.

Game 1: Arizona 9, Fresno State 0 (6 innings)

Jessica Spigner drove in four runs, including a walk-off, two-run bomb in the sixth inning, to pace Arizona's offense, as Arizona blanked Fresno State (8-3), 9-0 in six.

Kenzie Fowler (3-0) hurled a three-hit shutout and allowed just four of the 22 batters she faced to reach base.

Arizona scored its nine runs on nine hits; Brigette Del Ponte, Lini Koria and Spigner had two apiece.

Hallie Wilson led off the Arizona first with a hit and would be eventually hit home by Jessica Spigner to give Arizona a 1-0 lead in the first.

Three two-out base-runners loaded the bases for Kristen Arriola in the third. The senior drew an RBI walk, her 11th walk and 11th RBI of the season. The bases remained loaded for Shelby Pendley who also drew an RBI walk to chase Fresno State starter Mackenzie Oakes. In relief, Destinee Levesque got Chelsea Goodacre to ground into a fielder's choice to end the threat.

UA would tack on three runs across in the fourth with RBI by Brigette Del Ponte and Spigner.

The Cats scored a run on a Karissa Buchanan groundout in the fifth inning to push the lead to 7-0.

After a leadoff walk in the sixth, Spigner homered to center field to mercy the Bulldogs, 9-0.

Game 2: Georgia 3, Arizona 0

Thirteenth-ranked Georgia (9-1) got a two-hitter from Morgan Montemayor as the Bulldogs shutout Arizona, 3-0.

This marks the second-consecutive season in which the Bulldogs have blanked Arizona at the Cathedral City Classic; Montemayor excelled in an 8-0, five-inning Georgia victory in 2011.

Georgia scored all three runs on home runs as Gracie Goulder hit one in the second and Ashley Razey bombed a two-runner in the fifth.

The Cats had their chances, getting a runner in scoring position in each of the first three innings, but were unable to get anyone across the plate.

Shelby Babcock (4-4) took the loss, despite pitching effectively. The sophomore allowed three runs on six hits and five walks while striking out eight batters. Goulder's homer came with one out in the second inning. The ball barely cleared the outfield fence as Buchanan made a valiant effort for the ball, just missing it and knocking over a piece of the temporary fencing in the process.

Razey's home run, on the other hand, was a no-doubter to left field. Babcock got the first two out of the inning before giving up a double to Ashley Pauly followed by the blast. Babcock walked the next batter and hit the next two to load the bases, but struck out Goulder to end the inning.

Arizona would get just one base-runner the rest of the way, a Spigner walk to lead off the sixth.