In the first of six games over the next four days, Arizona defeated Drake 6-1 to open the Hillenbrand Invitational on Thursday night.
Hallie Wilson rebounded from a slow start to the season, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI, including a leadoff home run in the first inning. Katiyana Mauga also went deep in the game, one of two hits for the sophomore.
Trish Parks (3-0) and Siera Phillips combined to throw a gem in the circle. Parks, in her second career start, tossed five innings and allowed one run, unearned, on three hits to go along with a strikeout and two walks. Phillips entered in the sixth and pitched two perfect frames. Phillips has now retired 15 of the 16 batters she faced in two career appearances. Parks lowered her ERA to 0.78 on the season.
Eva Watson notched her first-career multi hit game, going 2-for-3 in her second career start. The sophomore collected her first career triple in the contest, while stealing her team-best fourth base of the season, equaling her total from 2014.
Arizona's offense got on the board quickly when Wilson took Rebekah Schmidt's fourth pitch of the game off the scoreboard in right field for her first home run of the season.
UA (4-0) added to the lead with four two-out runs in the third. Watson singled and stole second before Wilson walked to put two on with no one out. Mandie Perez's sacrifice bunt led to a Kellie Fox sacrifice fly to double the Arizona lead. Chelsea Goodacre followed with an RBI single to center before Mauga cleared the bases with a home run to right field, her second of the season.
The Bulldogs (2-4) got on the board in the top of the fourth inning thanks to a pair of defensive miscues by the Wildcats. Drake broke up Parks' no-hit bid when Laura Brewer notched a one-out single to center field in the frame. Consecutive errors by Mo Mercado and Fox allowed Brewer to score Drake's only run of the game, an unearned tally.
After Schmidt (2-2) retired the first two Wildcats in the bottom half, Watson sent a triple down the right field line before Wilson plated her with a perfect bunt single.