LAS VEGAS, Nevada ?- The No. 1 Arizona softball team wrapped up play at the UNLV Eller Media Stadium Classic with a 10-1 win over Long Island University on Monday.
Freshman pitcher Taryne Mowatt got her sixth win of the year with a five-inning, one-hit performance. Mowatt struck out five and walked three in the win, putting her season ERA at 0.37 and her total strikeouts at 53.
Offensively for Arizona, senior Crystal Farley led the way with a three-for-three game, driving in three and scoring a run. Caitlin Lowe went two-for-four with a run and an RBI, and Kristie Fox had a two-RBI double and scored a run.
The Cats put a pair of runs on the board in the top of the first, when Autumn Champion walked, Fox reached on an error and freshman catcher Callista Balko singled to drive Champion home. Fox scored on a groundout by senior Jackie Coburn.
In the second, Farley and Courtney Fossatti had back-to-back singles to third. Lowe bunt-singled to the pitcher to load the bases, and with two out, Fox doubled down the left field line to give the Cats a 4-0 advantage.
In the third, Coburn hit a single to shortstop, followed by a two-out single to left by Shelly Schultz. With two on, Farley doubled to center and drove home Coburn and Schultz to put the Cats up by six.
Arizona got its last four runs in the top of the fifth. Balko led off with a left-field double, then senior Candace Abrams got a pinch-hit RBI single. With one on, Schultz walked and Farley singled to center to drive in Abrams. Fossatti followed with an RBI single to third, and at the top of the order, Lowe singled with the bases loaded to put the Cats up, 10-0.
Long Island got its lone run of the game in the bottom of the fifth off a Wildcat error, a walk and a hit batsman.
The Wildcats will next head to the 2005 Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif., where they will face Long Beach State, Texas and Florida, beginning March 16 at 4:30 p.m. (PST).