TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 1 Arizona softball team (19-1) defeated Wichita State, 11-1, before beating South Florida, 10-0.
Against South Florida, The Wildcats scored in all four of its innings at bat against USF. Freshman Laine Roth led the way for UA with a two-run home run and an RBI double.
Taryne Mowatt tossed her fourth shutout of the season, allowing the Bulls only one hit in five innings pitched. Mowatt struck out nine USF hitters and did not allow a walk.
Against Wichita State, Arizona got on the board early with two unearned runs, by pressuring the Shocker defense with its speed. Caitlin Lowe led off with a single, and moved to third base when the WSU shortstop threw Autumn Champion’s groundball into right field. With Kristie Fox at the plate, Champion stole second base. On Champion’s steal, the WSU catcher threw the ball into center field, allowing Lowe to score the game’s first run. Two batters later, Champion scored on a Jenae Leles RBI groundout.
Alicia Hollowell earned her 122nd career victory, as she struck out 14 of the 24 Shocker hitters she faced in seven innings pitched.
In the third inning, UA tagged Wichita State pitcher Margo Pruis for an additional three runs. Champion led off with a single, another Kristie Fox walk, followed by Chelsie Mesa’s fourth home run of the year brought the Wildcat lead to 5-0.
UA took an inning off from scoring in the fourth, but got back to business in the top of the fifth inning with the heart of the order coming up. Kristie Fox drew her third walk of the game and was pinch run for by Kelly Nelson. Nelson stole her second base of the year, before Mesa doubled her around for UA’s sixth run of the game.
Arizona extended its lead to 11-0 in the top of the seventh, off of Laine Roth’s first career grand slam.
Arizona will next play Long Beach State in the championship game of the Hillenbrand Invitational tomorrow at Hillenbrand Stadium, beginning at 1 p.m.
Sunday’s schedule is as follows:
9 a.m. South Florida vs. Sam Houston State
11 a.m. Winner of 9 a.m. game vs. Wichita Stae
1 p.m. Long Beach State vs. Arizona