With the win,
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
- The inning-ending groundball double play
- 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
- 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.