Feb. 25, 2012
Palm Springs. Calif. -
After posting four scoreless innings, Arizona's bats came alive in the fifth as the Wildcats (10-4) mercied 21st-ranked Oklahoma State, 8-0 in six innings.
UA hit four homers in the game, with freshmen combining for three of them. After entering the game with one home run on the season; freshman Chelsea Goodacre hit two on consecutive at-bats in the game. Shelby Pendley hit her team-best sixth home run and Brigette Del Ponte hit a two-run shot.
Kenzie Fowler (4-0) tossed a complete-game two hitter. The junior struck out nine while allowing only four base-runners on the game. At the Cathedral City Classic, Fowler has pitched two shutouts and allowed only five hits in 12 innings.
The defense behind her was stellar as the Wildcats recorded their seventh consecutive, and 10th of the past 11, game without an error. Arizona's longest such streak in 2011 was five games.
The victory was UA's fifth shutout win of the season and seventh mercy victory of the campaign.
The teams' stagnant offenses traded zeros on the scoreboard for the first four innings as pitchers Kenzie Fowler and Kat Espinosa engaged in a pitchers' duel.
Arizona had recorded just a single hit in the game when Kristen Arriola batted with one out in the fifth. She doubled down the left field line to begin a rally that would eventually plate six Cats in the inning. Shelby Pendley and Chelsea Goodacre would jack back-to-back bombs to give Arizona a 3-0 lead. Karissa Buchanan was hit by a pitch and swiped second with two out. Chelsea Suitos brought her home with a single to left. Del Ponte's fourth home run of the season plated Suitos and gave UA a 6-0 lead.
Goodacre would home homer again in the sixth inning, a two-run bomb that gave the Cats an 8-0 cushion.
Fowler retired the side in order in the bottom of the sixth to give Arizona the 8-0, run-rule victory.
Arizona will continue its participation in the Cathedral City Classic with a pair of games Saturday. The Cats face Fordham and Syracuse at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. PT, respectively.