TUCSON, Ariz. – Seventeenth ranked University of Arizona earned a two-game sweep in its first two games of the Wildcat Invitational. Arizona was victorious in its tournament opener 12-2 over UC Riverside before a 6-3 win over Boston University to close the night.
The Wildcats improved to 12-5 on the season while UCR fell to 6-10 and BU dropped to 2-5.
Game 1 Arizona 12 UC Riverside 2
At Palm Springs, Calif., last weekend, Arizona scored a total of nine runs in five games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
In its first game of the Wildcat Invitational, Arizona batted in nine runs before the fourth inning in Saturday evening's game against UCR at Hillenbrand Stadium. Arizona tacked on three more runs to defeat UCR, 12-2, in five innings.
Arizona got to a fast start as they wasted no time by putting up six runs in the first inning of play.
Brigette Del Ponte's three-run home run highlighted the inning. Along with starting in the circle, Nancy Bowling ripped a RBI double to left-center to add onto the 3-0 lead. The early offense was a welcome relief for Arizona head coach Mike Candrea as his Wildcats recently struggled to produce runs.
Riverside responded with two runs, but junior Shelby Babcock would come in and close the door on the Highlanders, allowing zero runs on two hits for the rest of the way as Arizona cruised for the mercy win.
Game 2 Arizona 6 Boston University 3
UA junior Estela Piñon completed six innings in the circle, picking up her fourth win of the season. Piñon allowed three runs on five hits as the Wildcats defeated Boston University, 6-3.
Arizona's hot offense continued from its first game as the Wildcats struck three in the first inning of play.
Chelsea Goodacre singled in two runs to begin the first. Arizona added a third run when Mandi Perez walked with the bases loaded.
In the bottom third, Arizona tacked on to its lead when Lauren Young belted a two-run home run to deep left-center to give the Wildcats the 5-0 lead. The home run was Young's second of the season.
BU responded in the top sixth with three runs and threatened to add more with runners on second and first base. However, a fantastic play by shortstop Brigette Del Ponte halted the BU comeback and kept Arizona ahead, 5-3.
Shelby Babcock replaced Piñon in the circle in the top seventh to record her first save of the season and give the Wildcats their 12th victory.
Up Next: The Wildcat Invitational continues tomorrow with another four games. Arizona plays at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. MST against Boston University and Portland State University, respectively.
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