Oct. 14, 2011
TUCSON - Six different Wildcats recorded RBI as Arizona got the best of Phoenix College, 6-2 in the first day of the Arizona Softball Fall Classic.
UA plated six runs on ten hits, striking for two in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth after Phoenix drew first blood in the top of the first with a home run from Krystal Garcia.
Three Wildcats got two-hit days from Karissa Buchanan, Brigette Del Ponte and Alex Lavine. For Lavine, it was her second consecutive 2-for-2 game of fall ball, and makes her a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
Del Ponte hit her first home run of fall ball, the only big fly for Arizona on the day. The Wildcats, however, got additional extra-base contributions from Chelsea Goodacre, a triple, while Kristen Arriola and Lavine each doubled.
Shelby Babcock got the start and went three innings before Kenzie Fowler entered to pitch the final four. Babcock allowed one run on two hits while striking out two. Fowler allowed a run on four hits with six strikeouts. Fowler has now struck out 13 of the 26 batters she has faced in fall ball.
Phoenix College's lone runs came on solo blasts from Garcia and Rachel Meyer.
UA responded to the Garcia's homer in the second when back-to-back extra base hits by Arriola and Goodacre put UA on the board. Shelby Babcock then grounded one through the left side to score Goodacre and the Cats took a 2-1 lead.
The Cats added to their lead in the third when Arriola delivered a sac fly that plated Buchanan.
Two more Wildcats crossed the plate in the fourth when Hallie Wilson hit a sac fly and Buchanan engaged herself in a rundown long enough to plate a runner from third and Arizona took a 5-1 lead.
Del Ponte led off the bottom of the fifth with a home run to left-center.
Meyer's homer pushed the score to its final resting place of 6-2.
The Fall Classic continues with five games Saturday and finishes up with five more on Sunday. The complete schedule is listed below.
Friday, Oct. 14 Phoenix College 6, Central Arizona 4 Pima 2, Central Arizona 0 Pima 6, New Mexico 5 Arizona 6, Phoenix 2 New Mexico 10, Cypress 0
Saturday, Oct. 15 Phoenix College vs. Pima 11:00 a.m. Central Arizona vs. Cypress 1:00 p.m. Cypress vs. Phoenix College 3:00 p.m. New Mexico vs. Arizona 5:30 p.m. Central Arizona vs. Arizona 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16 New Mexico vs. Phoenix College 9:00 a.m. Central Arizona vs. New Mexico 11:00 a.m. Pima vs. Cypress 1:00 p.m. Cypress vs. Arizona 3:00 p.m. Pima vs. Arizona 5:00 p.m.