Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Slam Way to Sweep
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 29, 2011
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Oct. 29, 2011


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With three grand slams on the day, part of eight total home runs, Arizona earned a couple of exhibition wins over in-state foes Yavapai and Eastern Arizona, 14-1 and 15-0, respectively, at Hillenbrand Stadium to close its fall season.

Yavapai defeated Eastern Arizona 7-2 in the early game of the three-game round robin.

Three Wildcat pitchers allowed a total of two hits in the two games, while UA's offense struck for 29 runs.

Freshman slugger Chelsea Goodacre slugged a trio of home runs on the day, while going 5-for-6, adding to her mind-numbing fall numbers. Goodacre finished with a .652 batting average (15-for-23), 18 RBI, five home runs, three doubles, a triple and a 1.522 slugging percentage.

Her .652 batting average for the fall was not UA's best. That honor went to Baillie Kirker who went 8-for-12 (.667) with two homers and two doubles for the fall. Kirker collected five RBI vs. Eastern Arizona while going 2-for-2 with a grand slam and an RBI single.

Game 1: Arizona 14, Yavapai 1

By way of the long ball, Arizona beat Yavapai 14-1 in the Cats' first game of the double dip.

Each of Arizona's 14 runs came via a home run, as four Cats hit dingers, including Goodacre with two.

Arizona had more grand slams (two) than Yavapai had base runners (one) on the game. Jessica Spigner and Hallie Wilson had grand slams for the Cats.

Kenzie Fowler faced one batter more than the minimum, allowing just one hit, a home run to Estela Piñon. Fowler struck out seven of the first nine batters she faced and went on to strike out 12 in the game.

Goodacre hit a two-run bomb to put Arizona on the board in the second.

The Cats loaded the bases with no one out in the third. After Estela Piñon got the next two out, Spigner nailed a grand slam to center field to put the Cats ahead 6-0.

Kenzie Fowler's perfect-game and shutout bid was disrupted by Piñon in the fifth when she homered to left field.

Four homers in the sixth put an eight-spot on the board for UA before Yavapai could record an out in the frame. Arriola and Goodacre hit solo shots, Del Ponte yanked a two-run homer and Wilson smacked the second Wildcat grand slam of the game.

Game 2: Arizona 15, Eastern Arizona 0 (five innings)

UA picked off just where it left off in game two, plating nine runs on 10 hits in the first two innings against Eastern Arizona and cruising to a 15-0, five-inning win in the fall finale.

Starter Shelby Babcock was brilliant for the second straight game in the circle, allowing no hits and just one base runner in four innings pitched. The sophomore did not allow a hit in her final two fall appearances, a total of nine innings.

Following suit from game one, the Wildcats loaded the bases with one out in the first for Kirker who cleaned the bases off with a grand slam, the team's third of the day.

An inning later, nine Cats batted and Wilson, Lini Koria and Kirker recorded RBI singles in the frame.

Goodacre's third homer of the day highlighted Arizona's six-run fourth in which six Wildcats registered a hit.

Freshman Kiley Shae Aldridge relieved Babcock in the fifth, pitching a scoreless fifth. Eastern's Kylie Ishikawa posted a hit in the inning to break up the combined no-hit bid.

Up Next: Arizona's next game will be its 2012 opener. The Wildcats travel to the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., Feb. 9-12, 2012. Arizona will take on 2011 NCAA Regional opponent Texas Tech in its season opener on Feb. 9 at 3:30 PDT.