TUCSON, Ariz.--Connecticut (1-1) won the most closely played game in Friday's Wildcat Invitational action, 1-0.
Jessica Yanosy tripled to right center with one out in the bottom of the seventh, then beat the throw from first base when Nicole Dubovik grounded to third. She slid under the tag headfirst.
Neither team could string together any hits through six innings while Southern Utah stranded three runners in scoring position and Connecticut stranded six.
Barbara Cook (1-1) earned the victory in relief. Lori Shephard (2-3) took the loss for Southern Utah, which dropped to 5-6 overall.
Game 5 -- Connecticut vs. Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz.--Arizona continued its season-opening winning streak, but found the going somewhat different than usual in a 11-3 victory over Connecticut in the club's own Wildcat Invitational.
Connecticut scored three times in the bottom of the fifth, including an RBI triple by Abbie Link, and spoiled a one-hit pitching performance to that point by UA's Becky Lemke (7-0). Lemke ended up surrendering four hits and all three runs scored by the Huskies were earned.
Arizona did shorten the game by one inning when Leneah Manuma hit a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth to invoked the mercy rule. It was Connecticut's season opener.
The Cats (17-0) scored twice in the first. Lauren Bauer led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single by Nicole Giordano. Two outs later, Giordano stole home on the back half of a double steal with Lindsey Collins at first to push the lead to 2-0.
The Huskies loaded the bases with a single, hit batter and walk in the second but Lemke induced Jessica Yanosy to pop out to end the inning.
Arizona used a walk, three consecutive singles and an RBI grounder to score three more in the third, with runs driven in by Collins, Jenny Finch and pinch hitter Kim Balkan. In the fourth, after Giordano led off with a single, Mascarenas' double to right was mishandled and both scored on the play to make it 8-0.
Connecticut's Lisa Giralamo had a single in the second and Sarah Sandford singled in the fifth.
Game 4 - Arizona vs. Drake
TUCSON, Ariz.--Jenny Gladding pitched a two-hitter for her fourth shutout of the year to help lead Arizona to a 5-0 victory over Drake in Arizona's Wildcat Invitational Friday.
Gladding gave up a double in the third and a single in the sixth to Brook Buchanan. She struck out nine and walked none to impove to 5-0 on the year.
Arizona (16-0) used its short game in the first to produce two runs. Lauren Bauer led off with an infield single and stole second. Nicole Giordano walked. No one covered third on a double steal attempt and Drake catcher Jayme McDonald's throw sailed into the outfield, scoring Bauer. Lindsey Collins' single drove in Giordano an out later.
Gladding helped her own cause with an RBI double in the second to give UA a 3-0 lead. The Cats extendedthe lead with RBIs on a grounder by Collins and a single by Jennie Finch. Drake (1-6) pitcher Katie Shimon (0-4) took the loss.
Game 1 - Southern Utah 4, McNeese State 3
TUCSON, Ariz.--Shaylin Stoddard singled home a run in the bottom of the seventh to give Southern Utah a 4-3 victory over McNeese State in Arizona's Wildcat Invitational.
Amand Whitaker led off the inning with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Melanie Heaps and moved to third on a throwing error at the bag, then scored on Stoddard's hit.
Heather Moreaux's solo home run in the top of the first staked McNeese State (5-5) to a 1-0 lead. SUU answered in the third with singles by Melanie Heaps and Stoddard, a sacrifice by Emily Cedarholm and a two-run double by Lacee Leprey to go up 2-1.
MSU regained the lead on a two-out, two-run double by Stephanie Denham in the fifth, but Cederholm tied it at 3-3 with a run-scoring double for Southern Utah (5-6) in the bottom of the inning.
Game 2 -- Florida vs. McNeese State
TUCSON, Ariz.--Florida collected 10 hits and used a four-hit shutout pitching effort from Amanda Moore to beat McNeese State, 4-0, in Game 2 of Arizona's Wildcat Invitational tournament.
Jennifer Mossadeghi knocked a three-run home run to left in the second to put Florida on the scoreboard and the Gators added a run in the third on Emily Marino's run-scoring single.
The Gators put together their fourth consecutive game with 10 or more hits in improving to 10- 3 on the season. McNeese State lost its second game of the day and dropped to 5-6 overall.
MSU had only two hits until the seventh inning. Heather Moreaux and Katie Trout hit singles and pinch-hitter Tanya Prudhome was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Moore got a ground out to end the game.
Game 3 -- Drake vs. Florida
TUCSON, Ariz.-- Neither pitching staff was overly effective, but Florida hitters made the timely contact in beating Drake, 9-1, in tournament action of Arizona's Wildcat Invitational Friday afternoon.
The Gators had 11 hits and Drake had 10, but the Bulldogs stranded 13 runners in the five- inning game ended by the mercy rule.
Florida's Jennifer Mossadeghi led off the first with a double and later scored on Bree Berger's single. The Gators pushed the early lead to 2-0 on Mylin Prieto's sacrifice fly. Drake cut the lead in half in the top of the second on Greta Nelson's run-scoring single.
Jenilee Garner hit an RBI single and Ashley Boone doubled in two more runs for Florida (11-3) in the second to push the lead to 5-1.
The Bulldogs (1-5) loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but Gator reliever Renise Landry got a strikeout and a popup to strand the runners and earn a save. Drake loaded them again in the fifth, but also left three.