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Cats Shut Down Fourth-Ranked Huskies
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/05/2012
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April 5, 2012

SEATTLE -

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No. 17 Arizona Softball (24-9, 3-4 Pac-12) handed fourth-ranked Washington (32-5, 3-4 Pac-12) its fourth consecutive loss as Shelby Babcock tossed a complete game shutout. The Cats downed the Huskies, 2-0.

Arizona scored two runs in the second on RBI from Kristen Arriola and Hallie Wilson. The two runs would be the only to cross the plate all game.

UA and UW each scattered five hits in the game; Wilson had three of Arizona's.

Babcock (13-6) went the distance for Arizona and allowed no runs on five hits. Babcock walked eight and stranded 14 Washington runners behind her. Babcock struck out four, including the final batter of the game with the tying run at first base. The Huskies had base runners in all seven innings and two or more in all but one inning.

Kaitlin Inglesby (16-3) took the loss despite her complete-game, nine-strikeout outing. Inglesby walked four and hit two Wildcats in the game.

Victoria Hayward and Nikia Williams had a pair of hits for Washington. Kimberlee Souza was 1-for-1 with a triple.

Arizona's nation-leading defense (.985 fielding percentage) was superb behind Babcock. Thirteen of the 21 outs in the game were groundouts, including two key putouts of runners at third for Washington. UA did not commit an error for the fifth time in the last six games.

Both teams got runners to first and second in the first inning - Arizona with nobody out - but could not score.

In the second, Shelby Pendley led off inning with a single and was batted home by a double off the center field wall from Arriola. A pair of walks loaded the bases with one out for Wilson who singled home a run through the right side.

Washington loaded the bases with one out in the third inning, before a 5-2-3 double play ended the threat.

A walk and a single put the first two on for the Huskies in the fifth. UW would eventually load the bases in the frame, but Babcock got out of it to preserve to 2-0 lead.

The teams continued to trade zeros on the scoreboard and in the ninth, Babcock got Washington's 4-5 hitters to begin the frame before walking the next two batters. With the would-be winning run at the plate, Babcock struck out Courtney Gano to end the game.

Game two between the two clubs will be Friday at 6:00 p.m. PDT and the series finale will be held on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. PDT.

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