Oct. 15, 2011
TUCSON - Arizona softball improved to 3-0 in the Arizona Softball Fall Classic with a couple of mercy-rule wins on Saturday. In the first game, Arizona beat New Mexico 9-1 in six innings and Central Arizona 20-1 in five.
Arizona allowed just seven hits on the night while getting 29 runs offense. The Cats notched five innings with two or more runs while allowing two total runs on the night.
UA was led offensively by Chelsea Goodacre, who combined to go 5-for-6 at the plate while scoring five runs and batting in four. The freshman had a double and home run on the night.
Brigette Del Ponte tabbed seven RBI on the night. The junior had a double and a homer in game two while going 3-for-3 and plating six of Arizona's 20 runs.
Lini Koria drove in five runs on the night.
Arizona 9, New Mexico 1 (6 innings)
Arizona downed New Mexico, 9-1 in six innings, getting its runs on nine hits with the help of five New Mexico errors.
Kenzie Fowler went the distance for Arizona. The junior allowed just one run on four hits in six innings while striking out eight.
For the second consecutive game, Arizona fell behind early as Chelsea Anaya doubled home a run to put New Mexico ahead 1-0 in the second.
The Cats responded with 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning. Lini Koria and Goodacre each went deep in the frame.
Jessica Spigner and Koria had RBI in the third as Arizona added two runs to its lead to push ahead 5-1.
UA padded its lead in the fifth when two New Mexico errors allowed the Cats to score three runs to take an 8-1 lead.
Arizona benefited from another New Mexico error and scored again in the sixth to win the run-rule shortened game 9-1.
Arizona 20, Central Arizona 1 (5 innings)
The Wildcats' bats came alive in game two as they compiled 14 hits in four innings of offense and scored 20 runs. UA batted around in each of the first two innings, which is especially impressive considering they used 10 batters in the starting lineup.
Shelby Babcock pitched the first four innings and allowed one run on just two hits. The sophomore struck out five and issued no free passes.
Freshman Kiley Shae Aldridge got her first appearance in an Arizona uniform as she shut the door in the fifth, allowing just one hit and striking out one in her scoreless Wildcat debut.
Baillie Kirker went 3-for-3 in the game with two doubles and four RBI.
13 of the first 14 Wildcat batters reached base as Arizona took an 10-0 lead in the top of the first before Central Arizona recorded the second out of the frame. The Cats would score 11 runs in the inning. Del Ponte had three RBI in the inning, two on a double in her first at-bat and one on a single that made it 10-0.
Central Arizona got one back in the second. The Vaqueras mounted a two-out rally, capped by a wild pitch by Wildcat hurler Babcock which plated a run to cut Arizona's lead to 11-1.
Nine more Wildcats crossed the plate in the second as Arizona batted around once again.
The Arizona Softball Fall Classic finishes up Sunday with the final five games. Arizona is scheduled to play at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. PDT. The full 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 vs. Cypress
Saturday, Oct. 15 Pima 10, Phoenix College 2 (5 innings) Central Arizona 8, Cypress 0 Cypress 6, Phoenix College 4 Arizona 9, New Mexico 1 (6 innings) Arizona 20, Central Arizona 1 (5 innings)
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.