Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 3 Softball Celebrates Senior Day with 11-2 Blow Out Win
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 13, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The third-ranked Arizona softball team will enter postseason as one of the hottest teams in the country, after its 10th straight Pac-10 win on Saturday afternoon.  The Wildcats got to the Senior Day ceremonies promptly with an 11-2, five-inning victory over No. 7 Oregon State.


With the win, Arizona improves to 44-9 on the year and wraps up Conference play with a 15-6 record.  Oregon State, dropped its third straight game, falling to 38-13 overall and 10-10 in Pac-10 contets.


Senior Leslie Wolfe earned her first victory of the year, tossing a complete game, and allowing no runs after a two-run first.


The Wildcats responded to OSU’s two runs emphatically with four runs in their half of the first, three of which came on a towering Callista Balko homer.  Caitlin Lowe led off with a walk and advanced to second on Autumn Champion’s line drive single to left.  Kristie Fox then drove in her 47th run of the year with a single to center, scoring Lowe.  With two runners still on, Balko clubbed her 11th home run of the year, tying Fox for the team lead.


After Wolfe calmed down and retired the Beavers in order in the second, the Wildcats got right back to scoring.  Laine Roth crushed Ta’Tyana McElroy’s first offering of the inning to dead center field for a solo home run.  The blast, which ricocheted off of the flag pole beyond the outfield fence, was Roth’s seventh of the season.


The home runs just kept coming for the Wildcats, as Fox gave UA its second round-tripper of the inning with a two-run shot to center field off the batter’s eye.  The blast scored Adrienne Acton, who reached on a nubber down the third base line, good for a cheap single.


The runs just kept on coming for Arizona in the third inning, as the Cats scored three more, increasing UA’s lead to 10-2.  Jenae Leles started things off with a walk, and was pinch run for by Danielle Rodriguez.  Chelsie Mesa continued her hot streak at the plate with a single to left, advancing Rodriguez to second.  Then, Sam Banister laced a double down the left field line; good for two runs as Mesa came around to score all the way from first.  Acton would advance Banister to third, who would score on a Lowe groundball that Beaver third baseman Adrienne Alo booted.


Game Notes:

-         The inning-ending groundball double play Arizona turned in the top of the third was its third of the season.

-         Kelly Nelson’s pinch-hitting appearance in the bottom of the fourth was her first career plate appearance.

-         Sam Banister’s multi-hit game was her first since UA’s Feb. 25 victory over Ohio State

-         UA’s three home runs ties a season-high for the team, and is the first occurrence in Pac-10 play.


Up next: The Wildcats will learn their postseason fate tomorrow, when the 2006 NCAA Tournament field, seedings, pairings and host sites will be announced live on Sunday, May 14 at 12:30 p.m.  IF ARIZONA HOSTS A REGIONAL, SOFTBALL SEASON TICKET HOLDERS MAY ORDER ALL-SESSION TICKETS FOR THE REGIONAL ON MAY 15 AT 9 A.M. THROUGH THE ARIZONA TICKET OFFICE OR 520-621-CATS.