TUCSON, Ariz. ?C The Arizona softball team notched two more wins, as part of the Arizona Fall Tournament on Saturday. The Wildcats defeated UTEP, 8-0, in five innings, before taking down Central Arizona, 7-2. UA wraps up tournament play on Sunday with games at 3 and 5 p.m. against Cypress and Pima at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Arizona 8, UTEP 0 (5 innings)
After two and a half scoreless innings, Arizona jumped on the Miners for four runs in the third. Three of those runs came on a Sam Banister home run to left field; just one inning after the junior first baseman led off the second with a double.
A Sarah Akamine home run to lead off the fourth highlighted a three-run frame to put the Cats up, 7-0, before Jill Malina drove Kˇ?Lee Arredondo home in the fifth to invoke the eight-run rule.
Having given up a single and two walks, Taryne Mowatt worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning unscathed, before the senior pitcher retired the next 12 batters she faced to complete the five-inning outing having given up no runs on one hit. Mowatt struck out 10 of the 16 Miner hitters she faced and has allowed a total of one hit in 10 innings pitched this fall.
Arizona 7, Central Arizona 2
Freshman leadoff hitter Brittany Lastrapes posted her second consecutive multi-hit game, as the outfielder from Laguna Niguel, Calif., scored once and drove in two runs in the UA victory.
In the fourth inning, Callista Balko tied Akamine for the team lead in home runs this fall with a majestic drive to center field, reminiscent of her blast one week ago that sailed over the batterˇ?s eye in UAˇ?s win over Eastern Arizona.
Akamine would add two more base hits, including a double and an RBI to her fall resume that has included four hits ?C three of them for extra bases ?C in just eight at-bats.
The Wildcats scored three times in the fifth inning, but just as easily could have had two more runs. Malina had an RBI double that bounced back into play after hitting the top of the wall.
Lindsey Sisk earned her second victory of the weekend with a seven-inning outing, as she scattered nine hits behind 11 strikeouts.
Up Next: UA wraps up tournament play on Sunday with games at 3 and 5 p.m. against Cypress and Pima at Hillenbrand Stadium. Prior to UAˇ?s games, Arizona Western will take on UTEP at 1 p.m.
In earlier action on Saturdayˇ?
11 a.m. Pima 8, Arizona Western 0
1 p.m. Cypress 7, Central Arizona 6
3 p.m. Cypress 8, UTEP 8