TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona softball team opened its fall tournament with a 10-2 victory over Arizona Western.
Freshman Amanda Williams started for UA in the circle and turned in a stellar performance. Williams tossed four shutout innings on no hits and allowed only one base runner. She struck out five of the 13 batters she faced, and only one ball left the infield.
At the plate, Arizona was led by seniors Caitlin Lowe and Kristie Fox. Lowe went 4-for-4, scoring three runs, while Fox went 1-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBI.
After a scoreless top of the first, UA jumped on AWC pitcher Megan Young for a pair of runs. Lowe led off the bottom of the first with a bunt single. With K’Lee Arredondo at the plate, Lowe stole second to give Arizona its first runner in scoring position of the game. Arredondo promptly singled to left, putting runners at the corners for UA. After Arredondo swiped second, Kristie Fox hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Lowe and moving Arredondo to third. Freshman Stacie Chambers followed with a sac fly of her own, scoring her classmate Arredondo.
Arizona resumed its scoring in the fourth inning, with a four-run, two-out rally. With pinch runner Cyndi Duran on third base and two outs, Adrienne Acton singled her junior classmate home, putting UA up 3-0. After Acton had UA’s third stolen base of the game, Lowe kept the hits coming with an RBI double off the center field wall. That brought up Arredondo, who had already collected a pair of singles from the left side. The freshman leftfielder came up to bat as a righty for the first time of the game and clubbed a home run to left field, increasing UA’s lead to 6-0.
AWC scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning, as the Matadors were aided by a pair of Wildcat errors.
Fox and the Wildcats would have the last say, however, as she put the game well out of reach with a sixth-inning grand slam, bringing the game to its final 10-2 tally.
Arizona will next play on Saturday, with a 5:30 p.m. date with New Mexico and a 7:30 p.m. showdown with Central Arizona.