March 27, 2012
With Head Coach Mike Candrea not in the Arizona dugout due to his Sunday through Tuesday hospitalization, the Arizona softball team (20-8) used three home runs to power past San Diego State, 8-0 in five innings.
Shelby Babcock dealt the shutout in the circle for Arizona. The UA sophomore struck out just one batter in the shutout, but got solid defense behind her all night. Babcock improved to 10-5 with the victory.
Rebecca Arbino was issued the loss for San Diego State (18-18). Arbino allowed nine hits and eight runs, five earned, in her four innings pitched. Arbino fell to 8-8 on the year.
Six Cats recorded hits on the day with Del Ponte and Chelsea Suitos registering a pair apiece. Hallie Wilson, Del Ponte, Chelsea Goodacre and Koria all drove in runs in the win. Del Ponte's five batted in were a season-best.
Arizona recorded a five-spot in the bottom of the second inning. Kristen Arriola continued her hot streak (six for her last 16 with three extra-base hits) by doubling to begin the frame. She was hit home by Goodacre, who was hit home by Wilson. Del Ponte went deep with two out to bring home three and give Arizona a 5-0 lead.
Koria led off the fourth inning with a bomb to deep center field. After a pair of outs, Suitos singled and Del Ponte brought her home with a home run to right field. UA led 8-0 after four.
Babcock held up her end of the bargain in the fifth inning by retiring three of the four Aztecs she faced to preserve the mercy rule.
The two clubs meet again on Wednesday in a 3:00 p.m. PDT tilt. Arizona continues Pac-12 play this weekend with a visit from 13th-ranked Stanford.