(4 p.m. Game) - Arizona 11, Southern Utah 3
TEMPE--Arizona's bats woke up twice in one day -- against the same squad -- and the Wildcats dumped Southern Utah, 11-3, to sweep a doubleheader and escape the Kajikawa Classic with a couple of welcome victories. Earlier UA run-ruled the Thunderbirds 8-0.
Callista Balko hit a two-run homer and Cyndi Duran got her first walk-off hit, a single to push UA over the eight-run level in the bottom of the sixth. Duran and Stacie Chambers had three hits apiece in the game, UA's best hitting attack so far with 14 total hits.
UA senior pitcher Taryne Mowatt (1-2) earned her first victory of the year in relief, throwing all but one-third of an inning. She struck out eight and allowed one unearned run on two hits. She closed the game retiring 14 in a row from the end of the second through the sixth.
Southern Utah came out and chased UA starter Lindsey Sisk in the first inning. Aly Daniels drew a walk, both runners were safe when UA first baseman Laine Roth chose to throw to second on an infield grounder by Brittany Henderson, and Karli Jensen singled to load the bases.
Rodeo Carli doubled to center, although UA managed to get Jensen in a run-down at third to allow only two runs in. Mowatt entered to pitch for UA and got a groundout and a strikeout to stop the rally.
The Cats jumped right back in it with a single by Lauren Schutzler and a two-run home run by Jenae Leles in the bottom of the frame. The Thunderbirds, however, regained the lead with an unearned run in the top of the second after a double by Trish Clapham and a single by Norian James. UA catcher Callista Balko made a bad throw on a pickoff attempt at third, allowing Clapham to score for a 3-2 lead.
Arizona jumped back in front with a three-run second, with a sacrifice fly from Sam Banister and a two-rund double by Balko.
UA stretched the lead the next inning with an RBI double from Brittany Lastrapes and a run-scoring single by Lauren Schutzler to make it 7-3.
Chambers knocked a two-out solo home run to left center to add another run to UA's lead in the fourth. The Cats went down in order in the fifth but put there more across in the sixth.
(2 p.m. Game) - Arizona 8, Southern Utah 0
TEMPE--Laine Roth's walk-off home run gave Arizona an 8-0 mercy-rule victory over Southern Utah to snap UA's season-opening losing streak at three games and put the Cats in the win column at 1-3 overall.
Roth clubbed a two-run blast to cap a three-run fifth for UA, helping freshman pitcher Lindsey Sisk to her first career victory. Sisk gave up four hits, struck out five and walked on in the five-inning shutout.
Jenae Leles helped Arizona finally capitalize on some base runners in the UA third, driving in a pair of runs with a single to left, plus plating another on the errant throw from the outfield, all with two outs. UA had stranded 28 runners in its first three games.
Brittany Lastrapes was hit by a pitch, Kristina Brooks walked Lauren Schutzler, and Sam Banister singled off the shortstop's glove to load the bases. Leles hit a sharp ball through the left side and UA was up, 3-0.
After Sarah Akamine was hit by a pitch, Laine Roth tripled off the rightfield fence to drie in pinch runner K'Lee Arredondo, and then scored on a single by Cyndi Duran to make it 5-0 through four innings.
Arizona interim head coach Larry Ray shuffled UA's starting lineup, with the most noticeable change leaving senior catcher Callista Balko on the bench to open the game. Balko had started at catcher in every contest for UA since the 2006 season opener.
(11 a.m. Game) - Nevada 1, Arizona 0
TEMPE--Arizona couoldn't get a key hit and wasted a Taryne Mowatt two-hitter by stranding 12 bases runners in a 1-0 loss to Nevada Sunday morning at the Kajikawa Classic softball tournament at Tempe Sports Complex Sunday afternoon.
The Cats' last chance typified the lost opportunities. Leadoff batter Britany Lastrapes led off the top of the seventh with a double off the centerfield fence. After K'Lee Arredondo struck out and Sam Banister lined sharply to third, a wild pitch moved Lastrapes to third. Jenae Leles walked, stole second without being challenged, and then Stacie Chambers walked to load the bases.
Nevada reliever got UA's Callista Balko on a called third strike to end the game and earn a save.
Nevada took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, Kim Silagyi reached on a fielder's choice. Sam Bias got a hit-and-run single through shortstop, and then pinch-hitter Michelle Beach singled to center to plate Silagyi.
The Cats threatened in the top of the third, but stranded three runners. Adrienne Acton and Sam Banister drew walks, and Jenae Leles beat out a two-out single off the pitcher's glove. But Nevada pitcher Jordan McPherson got Stacie Chambers with a low pitch for a called third strike.
Again in the fourtUA moved a runner into scoring position again in the fourth, but with two outs pinch hitter Sarah Amakine lined to right field. That was the six runner left on base to that point.
The Cats loaded the bases again in the fifth, and again came up empty. K'Lee Arredondo reached on an error, Leles got another infield hit and Chambers walked. Callista Balko hit into a fielder's choice to end the threat.
Nevada reliever Katie Halvorson came on for McPherson and set down the side in the top of the sixth, including a pair of strikeouts in the bottom of UA's order.