April 1, 2012
No. 19 Arizona Softball (23-9, 2-4 Pac-12) was on the right side of a pitcher's duel between Shelby Babcock and Stanford's Teagan Gerhart. The Wildcats downed the 13th-ranked Cardinal (27-8, 1-5 Pac-12), 3-1 in front of 2,587 fans at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Babcock and Gerhart combined to allow just eight total hits in the game, three of which left the park for home runs. Two of the homers came off Wildcat bats; Shelby Pendley crushed a solo homer in the second and Lini Koria hit a two run home run in the fourth. Cassandra Roulund had Stanford's homer in the fourth.
Sophomore Babcock (12-6) allowed the one run on just three hits to an offense that scattered 15 hits total in the first two games. Babcock struck out seven and walked one in the victory.
Her counterpart Gerhart was similarly impressive, minus the two UA jacks. Gerhart (22-4) allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits while walking one and striking out seven.
All of the games runs were scored on homers.
Pendley's home run to break a scoreless tie in the second, on the 14th pitch of her at-bat, landed on top of Gittings Gym beyond right field at Hillenbrand Stadium. Pendley becomes just the second ever player to accomplish the feat in a game, joining Leneah Manuma (01-02), landed homers on the building several times. The homer was Pendley's team-leading 12th of the season.
In the fourth, Roulund led off the inning with a home run to left field. From that point forward, however, Babcock would retire the final 12 batters she faced.
The tie did not last long. In the bottom half, Koria homered off the batter's eye in center field. The blast plated Pendley, who walked to begin the inning.
Arizona's win earned them a series victory over the Cardinal, its first ever Pac-12 series win.
The Cats will head to Seattle to take on Washington for a Thursday-through-Saturday series. The Cats and Huskies compete Thursday (6:00 p.m. PDT), Friday (6:00 p.m. PDT) and Saturday (12:00 p.m. PDT).