FULLERTON, Calif. – Fourteenth-ranked Arizona softball (20-7) split its two games at the Judi Garman Classic on Saturday in a pair of mercy-shortened contests. The Wildcats slugged past Penn State 10-2 in five innings before falling to 15th-ranked Michigan 9-1 in six.
Game 1 – Arizona 10, Penn State 2 (5 innings)
Arizona scored 10 runs on 13 hits to overwhelm Penn State (6-13) in a 10-2 five-inning victory.
UA recorded five extra-base hits, including two homers in the contest. Meanwhile, Estela Piñon limited Penn State to just five total hits.
Piñon allowed two runs on those five hits while striking out five and walking one. The junior improved to 7-2 on the year with the victory.
Chelsea Goodacre went 3-for-3 including her team-best 10th home run. It was her fourth three-hit game of the season.
Brigette Del Ponte had a pair of extra-base hits – a double and a triple – to go along with two RBI.
Mandie Perez notched a career-high-tying three RBI in the contest.
Arizona got the scoring started in the top of the first. After three consecutive walks loaded the bases, Perez knocked home a pair with a single to center to give Arizona a 2-0 lead.
The Cats would add on to their lead in the second. Hallie Wilson and Goodacre would homer in the inning. The two homers ended up being the only UA long balls on the day and they occurred within three batters. Wilson's solo shot was her third of the season and third in the last six games. Goodacre's two-run home run was homer no. 10 on the season for the sophomore.
UA plated three more runs in the fourth inning. Chelsea Suitos and Goodacre led off the inning with singles and a Del Ponte walk loaded the bases. Perez' second RBI hit of the game drove in UA's sixth run before Kelsey Rodriguez plated a pair with a knock to left.
In the fifth, Del Ponte doubled home a pair to put UA ahead 10-0.
Penn State, needing three runs to continue the game in the bottom half of the fifth, came up one run short. Cassidy Bell slammed a two-run home run in the frame, the only two runs of the game for the Nittany Lions, as the game ended after five, 10-2 Wildcats.
Game 2 – Michigan 9, Arizona 1 (5 innings)
The 15th-ranked Wolverines scored nine times after the third inning to hand Arizona its first run-rule defeat since Feb. 26, 2011 against then-top-ranked Georgia.
Michigan (20-7) scored nine runs on nine hits and limited the Cats to just one unearned run on four hits in the contest.
Sara Driesenga went the distance for the Wolverines to pick up the victory. Driesenga struck out three and walked one and improved to 16-5 with the victory.
UA scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning on a Lauren Young groundout and would maintain that lead until the fourth frame.
Nancy Bowling sat down every batter she faced in the firsts three innings before getting roughed up in the fourth. Bowling allowed a leadoff triple followed by a one-out home run by Sierra Romero to give the Wolverines the lead. After giving up a walk, another triple and a double in the frame, Bowling would be replaced by Shelby Babcock. Bowling was issued the loss and fell to 4-2 on the year.
Bowling allowed three runs in the fifth and two runs in the sixth inning, including a walk-off bases-loaded passed ball.
UA managed just seven baserunners in the game, and just five after the first inning. Arizona grounded into a season-worst two double plays in the game.
Up Next: Arizona takes on top-ranked Oklahoma to conclude the Judi Garman Classic Saturday at 3:00 p.m. PDT.
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