SB: Cats offense over powers #1 Ducks - Tucson News Now

SB: Cats offense over powers #1 Ducks

  • SportsMore>>

  • Hoover shuts down White Sox rally, Arizona wins 5-4

    Hoover shuts down White Sox rally, Arizona wins 5-4

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 1:14 AM EDT2017-05-24 05:14:45 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 8:22 AM EDT2017-05-24 12:22:11 GMT

    For the first time in nearly four years, the Arizona Diamondbacks are nine games over .500. And every win, it seems, has a different player leading the way. Reliever J.J. Hoover filled that role in Tuesday night's 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

    For the first time in nearly four years, the Arizona Diamondbacks are nine games over .500. And every win, it seems, has a different player leading the way. Reliever J.J. Hoover filled that role in Tuesday night's 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

  • Players, parents say Phoenix HS basketball powerhouse let them down

    Players, parents say Phoenix HS basketball powerhouse let them down

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 12:21 AM EDT2017-05-24 04:21:54 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 2:48 AM EDT2017-05-24 06:48:56 GMT
    Student-athletes were promised dorms with mattresses but ended up sleeping on the floor. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Student-athletes were promised dorms with mattresses but ended up sleeping on the floor. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    It was the first week of school last September and the players and coaches at Phoenix's Hillcrest Prep should have been focusing on a potential championship season. But instead of practicing, focusing and studying, the Hillcrest program was dealing with a catastrophe.

    It was the first week of school last September and the players and coaches at Phoenix's Hillcrest Prep should have been focusing on a potential championship season. But instead of practicing, focusing and studying, the Hillcrest program was dealing with a catastrophe.

  • Tomey leads PCSHF Class of '17

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 1:45 AM EDT2017-05-24 05:45:41 GMT

    Three sets of siblings also on the list.

    Three sets of siblings also on the list.

  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • About Tucson News Now

    About Us

    About Tucson News Now Tucson News Now is the Internet home for KOLD, the CBS affiliate in Tucson and KMSB, the FOX affiliate in Tucson. On Feb. 1, 2012, Raycom Media, Inc., which owns KOLD and the Belo

    Learn more about Tucson News Now.

  • Closed captioning information

    Closed captioning information

    Tuesday, March 22 2016 4:07 PM EDT2016-03-22 20:07:47 GMT
    Tuesday, March 22 2016 4:07 PM EDT2016-03-22 20:07:47 GMT

    FCC rules require broadcast stations to make sure that complaints about closed captioning can be easily made, and addressed in a timely manner. Station point of contact information for immediate concerns

    FCC rules require broadcast stations to make sure that complaints about closed captioning can be easily made, and addressed in a timely manner. Station point of contact information for immediate concerns

  • Dog shot by jogger after escaping home

    Dog shot by jogger after escaping home

    Friday, May 19 2017 8:16 AM EDT2017-05-19 12:16:07 GMT
    Friday, May 19 2017 8:16 AM EDT2017-05-19 12:16:07 GMT

    The man has a license to carry the gun and called 911 to report the incident. No charges have been filed.

    The man has a license to carry the gun and called 911 to report the incident. No charges have been filed.

TUCSON, AZ -

Arizona's offense struck early and often while Shelby Babcock's brilliance in relief helped cool off a furious comeback attempt from No. 1 Oregon as the Cats downed the Ducks 11-8 in a thrilling game at Hillenbrand Stadium Friday night.

Arizona plated six runs in the bottom of the first inning against a pitching staff which had given up six or more runs in an entire game just five times previously all season long. The six-run first was backed up by Arizona's three-run second which gave the Wildcats the early comfortable seven-run lead.

Babcock relieved Estela Piñon, who was stellar through four, but, after pitching a complete game on Thursday, ran out of gas in the fifth. In all, the senior allowed eight runs, six earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts and five walks and improved to 17-6 on the year.

Babcock was perfect in her first appearance of senior weekend. The senior would retire the two batters she faced in the fifth to strand the tying runs on base and then work 1-2-3 innings in both the sixth and seventh to earn her second save of the season.

Though the dueling high-powered offenses were the story, the defenses also came heavily into play in the game, with the two teams combining for nine errors. Both teams – Oregon (5) and Arizona (4) – had season-highs in the column. All eight runs in the first inning were unearned.

It is the first victory over a No. 1 team for the Wildcats since beating top-ranked California 8-3 on April 14, 2012 in Berkeley.

Offensively, the Cats used an 11-hit attack, including homers from Kelsey Rodriguez, Katiyana Mauga and Chelsea Goodacre.

Mauga led the way with three RBI while Mo Mercado and Courtney Rodriguez chipped in two apiece.

Arizona will go for its first series victory over a No. 1 team in program history when the two teams meet for a senior day rubber match Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PDT on the Pac-12 Network.

Copyright 2014 Arizona Athletics. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly