Sixteenth-ranked Arizona softball (20-9) was defeated by 17th-ranked Washington (23-7), 7-1 to open Pac-12 play on Saturday.
The Wildcats managed eight hits in the contest, four of which went for extra bases, but were able to score just once against Washington pitchers Kaitlin Inglesby (9-3) and Bryana Walker. UA stranded nine runners on base.
Washington had the same number of hits, but cashed them in for six more runs, in part thanks to Kimberlee Souza's two homer game. Souza batted in four of Washington's seven runs.
Chelsea Goodacre hit her team-best 11th home run of the season in the contest. Her homer was the only source of offense for the Cats on the night.
Nancy Bowling received the start and pitched the first 4.2 innings of the game. The freshman struck out six batters and allowed seven runs on seven hits with five walks. Bowling drops to 4-4 on the year with the loss.
Estela Piñon pitched the final 2.1 innings and did not allow a run on just one hit to go along with four walks.
Two Wildcats - Hallie Wilson and Lauren Young - had two hits on the day.
The Huskies opened the scoring in the second inning when Souza led off the inning with a home run. A double, a single and a walk would load the bases for UW with one out when Whitney Jones doubled in a pair to give Washington a 3-0 lead.
Victoria Hayward led off the fifth inning with a triple and was sacrificed home by Jones' fly ball to center field. After Bowling recorded the next batter, she allowed a two-out walk and single to extend the inning for Souza who homered for the second time to give Washington a 7-0 lead.
In the sixth inning, Goodacre crushed a homer to center field to put Arizona on the board. It would be the only run to cross the plate, though, for the Cats as Bryana Walker entered to get the final six outs.
Arizona and Washington meet tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. PDT at Hillenbrand Stadium for game two of the three game series.
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